Welcome to Hydra Hacks! Hydra Hacks is a virtual hackathon for marginalized genders on June 10-12. We aim to cultivate diversity in tech among young beginners and professionals. You may build or design whatever you like though participants may create and submit a project to a track of their choice! All you need is a computer, and if you want, a few friends to hack with.

Remember to apply at [bit.ly/hhacks22] for a chance to win $5k in hackathon prizes and raffles as well as free swag. Hydra Hacks also has a referral program by which the person with the most referrals by the end of hackathon receives $10.



1. Work must be entirely completed during the hackathon hours.

2. You must submit a 3 minute (max) video demo!

3. You must be on a team of 1-4 people.

Hackathon Sponsors


$5,000 in prizes

First Overall

Apple Airpods (2nd Gen) per team member, Nuron swag, $100 donation to any Bay Area organization of their choice, and a cool trophy.

Second Overall

$50 Doordash e-Giftcards per team member, Nuron swag, and a cool trophy.

Third Overall

Amazon Echo Dots (4th Gen), Nuron swag, and a cool trophy.

Organizers' Choice

Exclusive Hydra Hacks Sweatshirts and a cool trophy.

Best Beginner Hack

Grove Beginner Kits for Arduino

Best Use of AssemblyAI API

Planning on building an application using speech recognition? AssemblyAI is offering $50 per team member for the most creative project built with AssemblyAI text-to-speech API!

Best Empowerment Hack

3 month Discord Nitro subscriptions and $250 Digital ocean credits

Best Data Science Hack

Fujifilm QuickSnap Flash 400 Disposable 35mm Camera and $150 Digital Ocean credits

Best Prototype Hack

1 month Adobe XD Subscriptions and and $100 Digital Ocean credits

Top 6 Overall (6)

Product Hunt swag (T-shirt and stickers)
1 year subcription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Tiffany Huang

Tiffany Huang
Technical Lead at Nuro

Kyungmin (KK) Kim
Design Manager at Nuro

Yujie Li

Yujie Li
Software Engineer at Robinhood

Isaac Griswold-Steiner
SWE at Nuro

 Meliora Ho

Meliora Ho
CS Research at Fordham University

Rebecca Wang
Director at Hydra Hacks

Aneeva Murray
Organizer at Hydra Hacks

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Execution
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Applicability
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Presentation
    How well was the project presented? Did it make the hack more compelling? Did it give a good idea of its purpose?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?

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