About the challenge

By challenging participants to solve real-world problems with technology, KatyYouthHacks aims to inspire the next generation of developers. Our theme for this year is sustainability, and will guide participants to take a greater role in fighting environmental problems while encouraging students to engage in computer science and tech development.

For more information, visit our website at katyhacks.org.

Join our discord for updates! https://discord.gg/tahu2v4GDG

Get started 

Our hackathon is open to innovators of all skill levels! This hacakthon is open to middle schoolers, high schoolers, and college students.

To sign-up for Katy Youth Hacks, please fill out this google form: https://forms.gle/ee9cWeJstUKZ2YaU8

Form a team with other participants (up to 6 members per team), or work individually! Make sure to join the opening ceremony on August 11, Friday at 8pm CST. Join our discord https://discord.gg/tahu2v4GDG and feel free to email us at contact@katyhacks.org.


What to Build

Any project that tackles sustainability, including apps, websites, robots, etc. Feel free to make low code/design only projects!

What to Submit

1. Demo Video of your project in action (2-3 min)

2. Link to your project (Github, Figma, etc)

*note that cross-submission of projects is allowed, as long as the other hackathons you are submitting to also allow this. 

In order to maintain fairness, our intention is for all participants start their projects from scratch. However, prior to that, you are welcome to engage in brainstorming sessions to generate ideas.


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an fun, sprint-like design event where people collaborate intensively to develop software projects.

Who can participate?

This event is open to all students!

How much does it cost to participate?

This event is 100% free!

What if I can't code?

No problem! We will be hosting many workshops to help new hackers learn valuable skills and create their own original projects! Additionally, several of the prize categories are judged on ideation or design, rather than tech.

How many people can be in a team?

Up to six people are allowed on one team.

Can I host a workshop or be a guest speaker?

Reach out to us at contact@katyhacks.org to apply for these positions!

I have another question...

If you have a question, do not hesitate to email us at contact@katyhacks.org. Feel free to also contact us on our Discord.


Hackathon Sponsors


$69,200 in prizes

1st Place

JBL Bluetooth Headphones
Colorful Mechanical Keyboard
$25 AoPS(Art of Problem Solving) Giftgard/Coupon

2nd Place

Logitech Mechanical Mouse
Anker Portable Charger
$25 AoPS(Art of Problem Solving) Giftgard/Coupon

3rd Place

Bluelight Glasses
Gradient Venture Waterbottle
$25 AoPS(Art of Problem Solving) Giftgard/Coupon

Best Design

Fiji Quicksnap
$25 AoPS(Art of Problem Solving) Giftgard/Coupon

Best Beginner Hack

Colorful Lightning Charger

Honarable Mentions (2)

NoStarchPress $20 Voucher
A free .XYZ domain for the first year ($12)
Free 1-month echo3D sign up ($89 value per sign up)

6-10th Place (5)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


KYH Team

KYH Team

Mayank Jindal

Mayank Jindal
Software Developer @ Amazon

Pavel Lakosnikov

Pavel Lakosnikov
Engineering Team Lead @ Avito

Karan Ganju

Karan Ganju
Senior Engineer @ Parafin, Ex-Google

Sherry Chen
Robotics Team Lead at Chef Robotics

Anastasia Makarova

Anastasia Makarova
Senior UX Researcher

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Is your hack a novel and unique concept? Did it take a new approach to an existing solution?
  • Theme
    Does it promote sustainablity? Is it a viable solution to this issue?
  • Functionality
    Does your hack work as intended? Was sufficient time put into the execution of the hack?
  • Presentation
    How informative and compelling was your presentation? Did you discuss the process of building your hack and the challenges you faced?
  • Design
    Is your hack user-friendly and intuitive? Is it easy to use?

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