February 16th-17th, 2019

Women's Museum, Fair Park

HackDFW is the design-thinking hackathon of Dallas.
It is a place where you can be part of the nebulous, wondrous, awe-inspiring, frustrating-yet-glorious process of creating. A place where ideas aren't limited by fear or doubt, only 24 hours.

What is design thinking?
A way of problem solving that allows you to create innovative solutions rooted in people's needs through collaboration, empathy and iteration.


Where will it be?

The Women's Museum in Fair Park!
3800 Parry Ave, Dallas, TX 75226

Who can attend?

All creators are welcome! This includes high schoolers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals!

How big are teams?

Teams are usually composed of 2-5 people. No more than 5 people on a team. You can do it alone, but it'll be less fun!

What if I don't have teammates?

We'll have a scheduled time team building after the opening ceremony. Before then, join us at the HackDFW Attendees Page!

What should I bring?

Laptops, chargers, cell phones, and of course passion are helpful. Other useful items include: toiletries, a change of clothes, a pillow, some earplugs, an eye mask, a jacket, and... deodorant.

Knives, firearms, and other dangerous things are not permitted at the event.

How much does this event cost?

HackDFW is 100% free for students! This includes WiFi, food, drinks, and miscellaneous swag for the entire hackathon!

A limited number of professionals will be welcomed to participate at a cost. Professional registrants are first-come-first-serve until tickets are sold out. Stay tuned for our early-bird tickets!


Yes! We will have plenty of hardware including:

Raspberry PIs, Arduinos, VR headsets, Amazon Echos, and electronic components.

A more comprehensive list can be found Here!

Are we allowed to build on past projects?

A hackathon is an experience to build something new within a set amount of time. Therefore, you cannot work on past projects. However, using your own open-source or third party libraries is fine, as long as the project is new.

Will HackDFW provide reimbursements?

We will be providing reimbursements to a select percentage of out-of-state students only.

Will there be buses to HackDFW?

Yes! We are currently finalizing our bussed regions, but will be initially dependent on historic attendance record and refined by registration numbers.

Can I volunteer?

Absolutely! We would love to have you as a volunteer! Just fill out this form, and we will reach out to you with further information.

Can I help the hackers/be a mentor?

Of course you can! Our hackers would love to have you around! Just fill our this form, and we will reach out to you with further information.

Event Schedule

February 16th

Registration 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Opening Ceremony 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Hacking Begins! 10:30 AM
Hardware Lab Opens 11:00 AM
Team Building Session 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Ideation Session 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Lunch 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
State Farm Workshop (Big Data) 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Scavenger Hunt 1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Photo Booth 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Design Thinking Workshop 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Tidy Table Competition 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Impact House (Diversity in Tech) 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Impact House (Stages of a Startup) 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
OmniSci Workshop 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Treat Yo' Self! (Face Masks, Good Vibes) 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Hot Bytes 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Late Night Snack 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
K-Pop Power Hour 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Hackathon Organizer Meetup 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Trivia 11:00 PM - 12:00 AM

February 17th

Bob Ross MSPaint Party 1:00 AM - 1:30 AM
Quiet Hours 2:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Breakfast 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Yoga 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
"How to Submit" Video 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Devpost submissions DUE! 9:30 AM
Pitch Workshop 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Judges Briefing 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Hardware Lab Closes 10:15 AM
Hacking Ends 10:30 AM
Expo Cleanup 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Expo - General 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Expo - Sponsor Challenges 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Photo Booth 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Final Pitch Briefing 1:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Final Presentations 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Closing Ceremony 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Awards 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Hardware Return Call 3:45 PM
Doors Close 4:15 PM

Our Sponsors

State Farm
OmniSci Capital One Order my Gear Pariveda
Dallas Regional Chamber City of Dallas Driveads ParkHub Axxess
Wolters Kluwer Wolters Kluwer Wolters Kluwer Magic Leap
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Our Partners

Impact ouse High Brew GoGo Squeeze EarthX Capital Factory Kind Bars Alto

Select Past Judges

Doug Parker

CEO of American Airlines Group
American Businessman who is the current Chairman and CEO of American Airline Group, Inc.

Mark Cuban

Owner of the Dallas Mavericks.
Multi-billionaire businessman and investor. Owner of the Dallas Mavericks, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment, and one of the renowned Sharks.

John Carmack

CTO Oculus.
Video game developer and engineer. Co-founder of id Software, served as lead programmer on Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and the Quake series, and is one of the pioneers of 3D graphics.

Jay Vijayan

Former CIO of Tesla Motors.
Current Founder and CEO of a stealth startup company. Former IT Business Applications at VMWare, and former Sr. Manager at Oracle.

Mike Rawlings

Mayor of Dallas.
American Businessman and politician serving his second consecutive term as the Mayor of Dallas.

Gayle Laakmann McDowell

Founder/CEO of CareerCup.
Founder of CareerCup.com. Tech hiring consultant. Author of Cracking the Coding Interview, Cracking the PM Interview, Cracking the Tech Career. Former Software Engineer (Google, Microsoft, Apple).



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