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Hackathons and coding challenges

With stay at home orders throughout the world right now, many are looking for ways to contribute to tackling the COVID-19 challenge. We've had a scout for you, around on the internet for challenges that you can work on in the coming weeks. We've also come across other, non COVID related, challenges that you might want to sink your teeth into.

COVID-19 Hackathons

Hack Quarantine

March 02 - April 12

A fully-online, people-focused hackathon bringing people together to use their skills to help combat the issues the world is facing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

"By working with medical professionals and industry, we'll provide the knowledge and tools to empower hackers to work towards improving health, remote working and helping vulnerable populations."


Apr 02 - May 16

hackCOVID are calling in the global community of data scientists, entrepreneurs, social workers, designers, and engineers to join hands and serve society during this crisis. Themes include healthcare, public administration, travel/tourism, economy, virtual learning, and open innovation for COVID-19.

"We invite developers across the globe to build prototypes that will help industries mitigate and administer the Coronavirus outbreak and its implications."

Twilio Hackathon on

April 02 - April 30 has announced the first Twilio x DEV community hackathon. Categories in this hackathon include COVID-19 communications, Engaging Engagements, Interesting Integrations, and Exciting X-Factors. Prizes include a $1,500 USD gift card and Twilio Swag Pack.

"Running through April 30, this contest will be an opportunity to earn community bragging rights, build impactful projects with Twilio, and win sweet prizes. Twilio has some of the most powerful APIs around town, and we are really looking forward to seeing what everyone in the community creates."

COVID-19 Biohackathon

April 5 - April 11

The goal of COVID-19-BH20 is to create a cohesive effort and work on tooling for COVID-19 analysis. The biohackathon will lead to more readily accessible data, protocols, detection kits, protein predictions etc.

"The biohackathon is about applying free and open source software on open data for scientific endeavour and biomedical progress."


April 6 - April 18

An online hackathon whose only essential rules of qualification are that a minimum of one USC or UCLA-affiliated person be on each team, and that people join with a desire to connect and contribute something positive and good. There are $25,000+ prizes.

"Hack for Hope offers technical and non-technical, USC- and UCLA-affiliated students, faculty, staff, and alumni (and friends and family members with an interest) the opportunity to address critical challenges created by COVID-19."

Fighting a Global Crisis

April 9 - April 12

The Global Hack is an online hackathon designed to share and rapidly develop ideas for urgently needed solutions in the face of the current crisis, as well as to build resilience post-pandemic. They are looking for brilliant people from every corner of the globe to participate.

"3 billion people in lockdown. Let's hack the future and never go through this again."

HackCOVID - Weekly Anti-Coronavirus Online Hackathon

Apr 10 – Apr 11

The weekly anti-coronavirus hackathon has a machine to combine technology, medicine, entrepreneurship, and education to defeat coronavirus. Anyone can sign up for the weekly events.

"You can build your own ideas or work on requests from organizations already on the frontlines of this war against coronavirus. Feel free to build and submit as many projects as you want!"

Hackathon COVID 19

April 10 - April 12

There are four challenges in this hackathon, help healthcare professionals, help governmental institutions, help businesses and help communities. Out of the crisis and beyond. Prizes range from 500 to 2,500 EUR.

"We believe this Hackathon's ambition goes beyond a simple brainstorming task. We are aiming at contributing to a larger movement which is keeping people connected and committed to social good. We know this will only be the beginning, but we look forward to having your energy, impactful participation and creativity."


April 11 - April 19

An opportunity to participate in a pan-India hackathon from the safe environment of your home. HackOn is a fully-online, people-focused hackathon where young minds possessing a passion for solving real-life problems come together to build innovative solutions. Whether you are a beginner or an expert coder, here is the perfect chance to hone your skills and witness the competitive yet inclusive developer community around you. Cash prizes range from 25,000 INR to 10,000 INR.

"Learn new technologies, enhance your team management and presentation skills, and get mentored by experts- all in one place!"


April 24 - 26

The European Commission, in close collaboration with EU member states, will host a pan-European hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners and buyers across Europe to develop innovative solutions to overcome coronavirus-related challenges.

"It is a call to action to each and everyone to participate in the fight against COVID-19: demonstrate unity for the common good across borders and generations. Let's digitally open EU-borders in the times of pandemic crisis! "

Other Hackathons

HackerEarth Machine Learning challenge: Calculate the air pollution index

Mar 24 - Apr 23

HackerEarth is challenging you to build a model that predicts the air pollution index on a specific day in the future. The challenge is open to working professionals, data science or machine learning enthusiasts, and college students who have a basic understanding of predictive modelling.

AR/VR Hackathon 1.0

Mar 30 - May 03

HackerEarth are inviting all developers and hackathon enthusiasts to participate. They are looking for prototypes that are innovative, technologically advanced and unique. Most importantly, they are looking for applications that help fuel innovation, industry growth and economy. We encourage you to make submissions that are brand new, out of the box and with a unique selling point. First prize is 150 USD.

HackTheU Unbox Your Ideas

April 04 - April 11

A hackathon for students with skill sets and experience levels, bringing them together to unbox their ideas.

"With the lack of social contact students currently face, we recognize, now more than ever, the importance of this goal. So, we are bringing people of all skill sets and experience levels together virtually with our Unbox Your Ideas Virtual Hackathon. This is an opportunity for students to interact with their peers about things they are passionate about and let their mind focus on something besides their anxieties."

Data Structures and Algorithms Coding Contest

Apr 11

Technical interviews can be terrifying when you do not know who you are competing with, and where you stand. HackerEarth presents a one-of-a-kind, Data Structures and Algorithm coding contest where you can compete in a real-time interview environment and hone your skills.

Resilient Coders 2020

April 18

This hackathon is open to people of colour in Boston, from low-income backgrounds between the ages of 18-30, with a high school diploma or equivalency.

"Joining a hackathon is the first step for you to assess your interests in coding and see if the Resilient Coders Bootcamp Program would be a good fit for you. Ready to apply?"


May 2 – 3 May

An all-female virtual hackathon for students in Singapore ages 11-18. No programming experience necessary!

"Across 2 days, participants will get the exciting chance to hear from inspiring speakers, learn new technical skills from mentors and build a project, all without having to leave your home. No programming experience is required."

Brother Hackathon Seattle

May 15 - May 16

The Brother Mobile App Hackathon is designed to encourage developers, designers, business professionals, and students to submit mobile apps that integrate with a Brother QL Label Printer, or a Brother RuggedJet printer/labeler, and/or a Brother scanner. Free $300 Professional Hardware Kit. Win $5,000!



March 09 - June 09

A challenge open to developers wanting to prove their Java expertise. There's a prize pool of PLN 16,000.

"Take part in the #Code4Schenker Challenge and prove your JAVA mastery."

Ocean of Code

March 20 - April 20

Bot programming game, open to all, challenge lasts one month.

Data Analysis Challenge

Challenge yourself at any time.

You are going to participate in an assessment challenge designed to showcase your analytical skills.

CodeChef - April Long Challenge

CodeChef Long Challenge is a 10-day monthly coding contest where you can show off your computer programming skills. The significance being - it gives you enough time to think about a problem, try different ways of attacking the problem, read the concepts etc. If you're usually slow at solving problems and have ample time at hand, this is ideal for you.

"We also put in a lot of efforts in getting quality problems, which would, in turn, foster your learning while solving them."

Cyber Security Challenge

Date to be announced soon.

This is a 24-hour online team-based competition, focused on security. Each team (made up of 2 to 4 members) has to solve 5 increasingly difficult problems for each of the 5 categories in the Capture the Flag edition. Categories are Coding, Web, Miscellaneous, Crypto and Binary. The winning team is the one who finds the highest number of flags.

We hope you find this list of Hackathons and coding challenges useful, if there's one we've missed, let us know in the comments.

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