JULY 21 -22


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"Hack Midwest changed my life...and the future of Kansas City"

~ Ben Barreth

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Create Without Constraints

Are you a software engineer or CS student? What would you create if there were no constraints?

Join us July 21-22nd in Kansas City w/ hundreds of passionate software engineers and CS students to build amazing things in 24 hours.

Discover your greatest potential: turn the impossible into possible. Learn, build & create new connections that last a lifetime.

Are you ready to create something epic?

Apply Now

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Grand Prize - $5000

Presented by LaunchKC


Nintendo Switch


Up to (2) Oculus Go

Best Use of Twilio API

Caribbean cruise for two

Best Use of Elastic


$500 Cash Prize

Best FinTech innovation from Multi Service Technology Solutions

Apple Homepod

Best Use of Okta APIs

DJI Spark

Best Use of Box APIs


Up to (3) ShotTrackers

Best use of ShotTracker API

$500 in Ethereum

from QuikNode

$500 Cash Prize

NBKC Bank's Best Fintech app
(using CorePro APIs)


DJI Spark

Best Use of Cloudinary APIs

Up to (5) Fitbit Flyers

RiskGenius' 'Hacking Roulette' Challenge

$500 In Amazon Gift Cards


Amazon Echo


Amazon Echo Dot

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Hack Midwest?
    It's Kansas City's largest hackathon - a fast paced app building competition where teams of developers design and build ideas over 24 hours for a chance at thousands in prizes.
  • Who Can Attend?
    Are you a developer, designer or a undergrad/graduate computer science student? This is for you!
  • Why should I attend?
    Do you love building things? Do you want to be around other developers who do too? A chance to hone and demonstrate your skills? Learn about tools and new dev patterns? A chance at winning awesome prizes?
  • Do I have to pre-organize a team?
    No. We can try to help you find one at the event.
  • What APIs can I use?
    You can use any APIs you want to build your apps, but if you want to compete for some of the listed prizes - you'll need to use one (or more) of those listed APIs. NOTE: We'll have separate prizes awarded for apps that aren't tied to a particular API, and will announce this soon.
  • Hack? I'm in dev, not infosec!
    Relax. In the programming world, "hacker" means something completely different
  • What if I don't have an idea?
    Even the smallest ideas can become something much bigger when presented to other developers, who can improve upon it. But you never know until you try. You could always just be on a team with someone who you think has good ideas and help them build it. You'll be able to meet those kind of people at this event!


  • Programming Language
    Applications may be built in any code that you please.
  • Fresh Code
    No production assets of any kind can be created until the start of the official competition period illustrated above. This includes "ready to slice" graphic design assets, application code, and user stories / test cases. Some individuals have asked about frameworks and libraries - yes these ARE allowed, but 3rd party only. When in doubt: Plan, don't create.
  • Teams
    Your teams should be comprised of between one and five individuals. No more than five people are allowed on a team. You can pre-organize a team or we can try to help you find one at the event.
  • 24 Hours
    Your team has exactly 24 hours to develop a mobile or web based application. After the initial 24 hours are up, you’ll be judged on what you’ve completed. No additional features or bugfixes are allowed during this period, or you will be disqualified.
  • Source Control
    We’ll provide your team with a private Git repository, so we can ensure your code is fresh. As you develop your application, push progress to the assigned repository regularly (“commit early, commit often”) in order to demonstrate progress. Hack Midwest organizers will be observing checkins throughout the event. Don’t be tricky and try to develop your app in its entirety ahead of time, rebasing it and pushing it in at the last minute. Doing so could will get you disqualified. Before the contest ends, you must mark your entry as complete on your assigned Git profile and tag a release of your code with the word ‘HackMidwest’.
  • Ownership and Open Source
    We’re just running a competition here… what you do with your source once the competition is over is up to you. We encourage participants to open source the codebase of their applications for the benefit of the community. However, if you choose not to open source your application, well that’s up to you. Please note that the competition organizers will have access to your code base throughout the competition, in order to make sure that no cheating occurs (as outlined previously). We won’t steal anything from you, promise! However, we do reserve the right to use your application’s likeness as a promotion for this or future contest.
  • Judging
    All judging will occur from the perspective of ‘joe average web jockey’. That is, code quality will not be judged. Your application will be judged based on it’s visible merits, such as: completeness, UI, originality, usefulness. Each judge will be able to rate each application on a scale of one to five (1-5) on these criteria and comment on recommendations / possible enhancements, errors, and other issues that they experienced. Other judges will be able to review these comments. We strongly encourage contestants to use development best practices but in the end judges are expected to rate applications based on their visible merits. Hack Midwest organizers reserve the right to disqualify any team that is believed to be cheating or not competing in the spirit of the competition.

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7220 W Frontage Rd Merriam, KS

Saturday, July 21st

10:00am - Registration
10:30am - Kickoff
12:30pm - Lunch
5:00pm - Dinner

Sunday, July 22nd

10:00am - Hackathon Ends!
10:30am - App Demos Begin
12:00pm - Winners Announced