SXSW Hackathon

The SXSW Hackathon spans 24 hours of high-tech creativity as music, XR, and film hacker/creators use their programming knowledge to develop industry-changing prototypes and compete for cash prizes awarded by our panel of celebrity judges.

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2019 Hackathon - Photo by Randy and Jackie Smith

2019 Hackathon - Photo by Randy and Jackie Smith

About SXSW Hackathon


The seventh annual SXSW Hackathon hosted by HackerEarth returns in a buzzy 24-hour marathon in 2020. Hackers, creators, makers, and coders will collaborate and compete using AI, XR, voice activation, blockchain, analytics, video, and other burgeoning technologies to create new solutions for the two categories for 2020: Music + Entertainment and Climate Change + Social Action.

Music + Entertainment Category
The Music + Entertainment category will dive into several themes: Music + Health and Wellness, How Creatives Can Monetize Music and Content in New Ways, AI in Music Creation, Building AR Experiences for Music, and more.

Climate + Social Action Category
The newest addition to the SXSW Hackathon is Climate + Social Action, with challenges related to climate change, health and wellness, and art and film. The impact of this theme will be on purpose-driven projects focused on improving the lives of people, the planet, and wildlife.

We’ll challenge hackers to create projects — with guidance from our group of mentors — under one of these categories, and encourage overlapping projects and cross-pollination, too! After the 24 hour session, a panel of industry judges will choose the winning teams, who will be awarded cash and sponsor prizes and the opportunity to participate in the Hackathon Incubator.

The SXSW 2020 Hackathon is set for Tuesday, March 17 through Wednesday, March 18. The Hackathon Incubator for the winning teams will run March 19 and 20.

2020 Hackathon Application

Interested in applying to participate? You can apply as a team (all members must apply separately) or as an individual, and we will partner you with others to form a team. Submissions are open through March 6. HackerEarth is the official hosting partner for 2020.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsorships and API/SDK involvement? Fill out the contact form to reach a representative.

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2019 Hackathon recap

What happens when you bring programmers and creatives together? Learn about the three winning teams from the 2019 SXSW Hackathon.

Winning teams of the 2019 SXSW Hackathon - Photo by Kenneth Eke

Winning teams of the 2019 SXSW Hackathon - Photo by Kenneth Eke

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