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~ Ben Barreth

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What Will You Build?

Are you a developer?

Passionate about building new things?

Join us at KC's largest app building challenge w/ 300+ developers and compete for a $20,000 cash prize pool, including a $10,000 Grand Prize on July 23-24!

It's a great opportunity to get inspired, show your skills and make new friends!

What will you build? Join us at Hack Midwest!

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Presented by H&R Block



$5,000 PRIZE
BEST WEB3 - Presented by Pinata



$2,500 PRIZE



$2,500 PRIZE


Corporate Challenge Cup

Do your devs have what it takes to compete head to head against top companies? Enter an official corporate team (or two) and take part in this challenge to win our Corporate Challenge Cup & community recognition!

Company Engagement Cup

Who will bring the most teams to compete at Hack Midwest? Win the Company Engagement Cup & community recognition!

Nintendo Switch


EquipmentShare Challenge


(1) Segway Self-Balancing Electric Scooter

Particle Space Challenge


Creality CR-10 V3 3D Printer
w/ Titan Direct Drive

GEHA Challenge


Up to (5) Fitbit Charge 5 Devices

MongoDB Challenge


Up to (5) Apple HomePod Minis

Best app built on mongoDB Atlas Search

Telnyx Challenge


$500 In Cash

Best use of Telnyx Video API

YugabyteDB Challenge


NEBULA Anker Capsule, Smart Wi-Fi Mini Projector w/ 100 Inch Picture

and (4) $50 DoorDash Gift Cards

Best app built on YugabyteDB
or YugabyteDB Managed (free tier)

Check out the docs Challenge


(1) DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Combo w/ camera & accessories Q&A Challenge Challenge


Up to (5) NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander Sets

Best app deployed with

Gitlab Challenge


Bwine F7 Drone with 4K Camera & accessories

Host your Hack Midwest project on Gitlab

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Hack Midwest?
    A fast paced app building competition where teams of developers design and build ideas over 24 hours for a chance at thousands in prizes.
  • Hack? I'm in dev, not infosec!
    Relax. In the programming world, "hacker" means something completely different
  • Who Can Attend?
    Are you a software engineer or designer? 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? Join us!
  • What if I don't have a team?
    If you don't have a team, that's ok!! At the start of the hackathon, we make sure to help connect everyone whos not currently on a team! You'll be building new ideas AND making new friends!
  • 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.
  • 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. You can pre-organize a team or we can try to help you find one at the event. No more than five people are allowed on a team. All participants must be present - no remote developers or teams are allowed.
  • 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.
  • Pitching Your App (Sunday)
    1. You’ve got 3 minutes to show us what you built and what it does. Make it count! Don't waste time on logins - be signed into your app already.

    2. Tell a short story about the problem and share a couple of reasons why your team built this solution. Perhaps you might get creative – find a way to engage the audience.

    3. Tell us if your app involves specific sponsor challenge(s) or sponsor APIs (Eg you used Twilio API, or built a Fintech app, etc)

    What's an example of a great pitch? Click here to watch this video.

  • 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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Who's Hiring?

Learn more about career opportunities from our top sponsors!


Looking for a new challenge? TreviPay is a huge KC success story with great culture, pay, and benefits. As featured in PYMNTS, Tearsheet, and CIO Magazine, TreviPay is a fast growing KC Fintech and looking for talented developers, testers, business analysts, and more.


H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) provides help and inspires confidence in its clients and communities everywhere through global tax preparation services, financial products, and small-business solutions. The company blends digital innovation with human expertise and care as it helps people get the best outcome at tax time and also be better with money using its mobile banking app, Spruce. Through Block Advisors and Wave, the company helps small-business owners thrive with innovative products like Wave Money, a mobile-first, small-business bank account and bookkeeping solution that manages bookkeeping automatically.


How many people can say that everything they do during the workday improves people’s lives? It’s exactly what happens at Rx Savings Solutions where we're helping more than 17 million people find lower-cost options for their prescription drugs. People come first at RxSS, whether it’s the members we serve or our rapidly growing team

RXSS Careers

Full Stack Software Engineer

Senior Software Engineer - API/Backend

Senior Software Engineer - Mobile Team

Software Engineer - API/Backend

Senior Software Engineer - Full Stack - R&D Team

Ascend Learning products, from testing to certification, are used by frontline healthcare workers, physicians, emergency medical professionals, nurses, certified personal trainers, group fitness instructors, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers.

Ascend Learning Careers

Senior Software Engineer

Senior Software Engineer

Senior Software Engineer

UI/UX Engineer

Senior Software Engineer

Our culture is driven by our people. As one company, one team, we are united by our shared belief that our mission to provide better operations and better outcomes, will truly elevate healthcare for all. At symplr, we have the unique opportunity to not only make a monumental difference in the healthcare industry by transforming how healthcare is delivered and managed, but we also get to work with some pretty awesome, supportive, and dedicated teammates.

Symplr Careers

Sr Devops Engineer

Senior Software Engineer

Software Engineer

Senior Software Engineer

Senior Software Engineer (Front End)

Spring Venture Group is a leading digital direct-to-consumer sales and marketing company with product offerings focused on the senior market. We specialize in distributing Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, and related products via our family of brands and dedicated team of licensed insurance agents. Powered by our unique technologies that combine sophisticated marketing, comparison shopping, sales execution, and customer engagement – we help thousands of seniors across the country navigate the complex world of Medicare every day.

Spring Venture Group Careers

Mid Level Software Engineer

Machine Learning Engineer

Devops Engineer II

Salesforce Developer

GEHA (Government Employees Health Association, Inc., pronounced G.E.H.A.), founded in 1937, is a non-profit member association and the largest dental and second largest medical benefit provider of federal employees exclusively serving 2 million current employees and retirees, military retirees, and their families. GEHA’s mission, to empower members to be healthy and well, is demonstrated through its focus on innovation as well as providing members access to one of the largest medical provider networks nationwide. Headquartered in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, GEHA is one of the largest employers in the Kansas City metro area.

GEHA Careers

API Developer

Senior Cloud Engineer

Front End Web Developer

EquipmentShare is a nationwide construction solutions ecosystem provider that solves industry pain points through smart jobsite technology and equipment rental, retail and service distribution. Together with our more than 3,000 team members and thousands of customers, we are building the future of construction. We are rapidly growing and actively seeking curious tinkerers and problem-solvers. Find your calling and join our team today!

EquipmentShare Careers

Cloud Operations Engineer

Mid Level Software Engineer

Mobile Software Engineer - React Native

Senior Software Engineer

Test Engineer

CivicPlus® delivers technology solutions that enable local governments to optimize the experience they deliver when interacting with residents. Over 7,500 local governments use our solutions when serving their 340 million residents. We deliver the industry’s first and only Civic Experience Platform. It enables local governments to drive more revenue, operate more efficiently, and generate positive recognition for the many services they provide every day.

CivicPlus Careers

Software Engineer I - UI/UX

Software Engineer II - UI/UX

Lead Software Engineer - .Net

Sr Software Engineer (Ember.JS)

Sr Software Engineer (Ruby On Rails)

SS&C is a global provider of services and software for the financial services and healthcare industries. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut, we have offices around the world. Some 18,000 financial services and healthcare organizations, from the world's largest companies to small and mid-market firms, rely on SS&C for expertise, scale and technology. If you have a desire to work for one of the fastest growing global companies where you are encouraged to innovate and make a difference, we have amazing opportunities for you.

SS&C Careers

Software Engineer

Software Engineer

Data Engineer

Lead Software Engineer

Security Site Reliability Engineer

Veterans United is more than just a mortgage company. We are a family that cares about people. Find a career with passion, purpose and heart.

Devops Platform Engineer

At Jack Henry, we know we are better together. We value, respect, and protect the uniqueness each of us brings. Innovation flourishes by including all voices and makes our business—and our society—stronger.

C# Software Engineer

Are you looking for the opportunity to do challenging and meaningful work in an environment that encourages ongoing learning, development and career growth?

Senior Full Stack Engineer

A Place to be you. Use your talents to make a difference in the lives of health consumers.

Software Engineer

TripleBlind is a fast growing startup working at the cutting edge of enabling advanced data science through military-grade cryptography. We are passionate about the problem we’re solving and we’re looking for equally passionate technologists.

Senior Software Engineer

Building the Industry Cloud for Life Sciences Our enterprise cloud software helps life sciences companies in their mission to improve and extend life. Join us.

Senior Software Engineer - Java

Join the team that supports our members in their mission to protect consumers and effectively regulate the insurance sector.

Software Engineer III

Storewise is a fast-paced, SaaS-based startup with a community-based company culture, and we’re always looking to hear from talented self-starters.

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At the Kansas City Fed, our work serves the nation. We are involved in building the technology that supports the nation’s economy – from banking supervision to the payments system.

Java Software Engineer


Event Location

1100 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64105

Saturday, July 23rd

10:00AM - Registration

10:30AM - Kickoff

11:30AM - 12:00PM - (OPTIONAL) Pinata Workshop: learn the basics of WEB3, IPFS, NFT's, Pinata's cloud platform and gain valuable resources to start building

12:30PM - Lunch

1:30PM - 2:00PM - (OPTIONAL) MongoDB Atlas Search Workshop: gain valuable insights / resources to start building using MongoDB's search product.

3:00PM - 3:30PM - (OPTIONAL) Telnyx Video API Workshop: gain valuable insights / resources to start building using Telnyx's Video API.

3:30PM - Break

5:30PM - Dinner

7:30PM - Evening Break

Sunday, July 24th

08:00AM - Breakfast Break

10:00AM - Hackathon Ends!

10:30AM - App Demos Begin

12:00PM - Winners Announced