What? HackViolet, hosted by the Association for Women in Computing at Virginia Tech, is a 24-hour female-empowerment hackathon with a specific mission to encourage all individuals to learn about and become change agents for the gender gap in technology by innovating and inspiring with code. We welcome students of all genders, majors, and experience levels! This year's hackathon will be a virtual event featuring free swag pick up for those in the area. Participants will be given opportunities to network with sponsors, participate in events on a virtual platform and win prizes. Where? Our hackathon will be hosted through Discord and Zoom with swag pick-up in Blacksburg, VA. When? February 5-6, 2022 Why? Register for a weekend full of enriching workshops, meeting like-minded individuals, winning great prizes and connecting with top tech companies. For more information, visit hackviolet.com


In order to be eligible for prizes, make sure to:

  1. Submit an initial project by Sunday 2/6 at 10:00 AM EST with your selected prize categories to be eligible for prizes. This can be a rough submission with random text, links, etc. You must submit your project to all the prize categories you'd like to be considered for.
  2. Have all final changes to your project submitted by Sunday 2/6 at 12:00 PM EST, including a 3 minute (maximum) demo video and link to a GitHub repo containing your code.

Note: These are all hard deadlines, so please plan in advance!

Hackathon Sponsors


$28,500 in prizes

Best Overall (2)

These prizes are awarded to the two teams whose projects excelled in all areas of judging.

1st Place: Microsoft Surface Go, per participant

2nd Place: Nintendo Switch, per participant

Best First Time (2)

These prizes are awarded to the two teams composed entirely of first time hackers whose projects excelled in all areas of judging.

1st Place: DJI Mini 2 Drone, per participant

2nd Place: JBL Speaker, per participant

Best Hack to Support Women (2)

These are prizes awarded to the two teams whose projects creatively tackle issues that women face, aids female-empowerment, combats the gender gap in tech, etc.

1st Place: iPad Air 2, per participant

2nd Place: Computer Monitor, per participant

Biggest Visionary

This prize is awarded to the team whose project demonstrated a powerful, creative vision regardless of whether they were able to fully execute the idea.

1 Year Disney+ Subscription, per participant

Ut Prosim (That May I Serve) Hack

This prize is awarded to the team whose project exemplifies Virginia Tech’s school motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) by supporting VT students, professors, and/or the VT community.

VT Student Football Season Tickets or Amazon Gift Card equivalent, per participant

Best Health Hack

This prize is awarded to the team whose project excelled in improving mental and/or physical health.

Cosori Smart Air Fryer, per participant

Best High School Hack

This prize is awarded to a team of all high school hackers whose project excelled in all areas of judging.

Amazon Echo Show 8, per participant

Best Low Code Hack

This prize is awarded to a team whose project utilized low-code tools and platforms such as Figma, Power BI, Tableau, Appian, and Mockplus to make their vision come to life.

1 month Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription, per participant

[Sponsored By Peraton] Best Use of Cloud Resources

$300 GrubHub gift card, per team
Guaranteed Interview for Peraton position or mock interview for high school and international students, per participant

[Sponsored By CapTech] Most Innovative Hack to Successfully Navigate a Changing World


Crises, like COVID-19, often spur a period of innovation; it’s a necessity for companies (and schools) to pro-actively change the way they conduct business, engage employees/students and mitigate risks. The above blog post can be used for further context

CapTech Blankets, per participant

[Sponsored By Bloomberg] Most Philanthropic Hack

Sonos Speaker, per participant

[Sponsored By CarMax] Most Customer Focused

We are looking for an easily accessible and engaging (or creative) solution that would integrate well with the existing site and its features, with the ability to scale to any of our online platforms (Meaning web, mobile, or our app).

What updates would you make to CarMax's website to make vehicles that are not yet ready visible to customers? We have a direct need for this with transfer vehicles, since they need light reconditioning and sometimes significant work once they arrive at the destination store. ​​

Right now, customers know nothing about what happens during that reconditioning. If we were to build a capability to show what is happening, how might we also use this for all vehicles that are going through reconditioning, and allow customers to keep tabs on them and see progress? ​

How might that be an engaging experience for customers and how might it fit in with our existing online experience?​

Google Nest Mini 2nd gen, per participant

[Sponsored By Ventera] Best Web App

The winning team will receive all of the following: $50 E-Gift Card of choice, Internship or Full-Time Interview, and 30-Minute Mentoring Call with a Ventera Developer, per participant.

[Sponsored By RSM] Best Design with Security in Mind

Security has become increasingly necessary when developing potential applications for distribution. Design your app with security as a main criteria for a chance to win a prize!

Wifi Pineapple, per participant

[Sponsored By Cvent] Best Hybrid Engagement Hack

At Cvent, we're dedicated to powering the human connection one event at a time. With the new hybrid world we live in today, virtual events and engagement have become the new norm. However, this new world poses a challenge: how do we effectively engage audiences in a virtual setting?
This category is for best Hybrid Engagement Hack to help answer this question. We challenge YOU to come up with a solution to interact and build community in this new world.

$200 Amazon gift card to winning team + 30-minute individual consultation with Cvent Representative

[Sponsored By WillowTree] Best Mobile App

$150 Apple or Google Play gift card, per participant

[Sponsored by Google Cloud & MLH] Best Use of Google Cloud (2)

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Winners located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks & lanyards. Winners outside of the US will receive a Google branded backpack.

[Sponsored By MLH] Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

[Sponsored By MLH] Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with embedded Arduino Uno compatible board. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

[Sponsored By MLH] Best Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Get started with $50 in free credit!

Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console, per participant

[Sponsored By MLH] Best Web Monetization Project

Coil is all about providing better ways to access and reward the creators, publishers and platforms that you love. Coil members get to view web monetized sites while streaming micropayments directly to the website owner, or in this case, you! In turn, you can react to payments in real time by displaying a thank you message, unlocking bonus content, features and so much more! Build a web monetized hack using Coil for a chance to win an Anker Quick Charge Portable Charger, Coil pin and $60 Coil credit redemption card!

[Sponsored By MLH] Dream Big and Create More Cheers with AB InBev

AB InBev is all about bringing people together and creating more cheers for a better world! Using whatever tools, hardware and/or software at your disposal, build a hack that leads us into a brighter future for a chance to win some amazing prizes for you and your team.

Remember, AB inBev is looking for innovative projects that can possibly change the world in a positive way! We can't wait to see what you come up with.

[Sponsored By MLH] Best Blockchain Project Using Hedera

Hedera is a next generation blockchain technology that’s accessible from familiar programming languages like Java and JavaScript. Their goal? To make Web3 development even more accessible to hackers like you! Build a project on Hedera's test network for a chance to win amazing Glorious Modular Compact Mechanical Keyboards for you and your team!

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Judging Criteria

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