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DigitalOcean App Platform Hackathon Winners, Announced!

In December, we announced a new challenge on DEV, in partnership with our friends at DigitalOcean: the App Platform Hackathon.

Our intrepid Hackathon participants were challenged to build brand new apps using DigitalOcean’s App Platform. DigitalOcean offered them credits in order to leverage their professional tool for free. Submissions were to be filed in one of four categories: Personal Site/Portfolio, Program for the People, Built for Business, and last but certainly not least, Random Roulette.

The process of picking just one grand prize winner for each category and 10 total runners-up was difficult, to say the least. But somehow, the judging panels at DEV and DigitalOcean managed to narrow in on some truly standout projects. We’re thrilled to share them with you today!

So, without further ado, let's meet the winners of the DigitalOcean App Platform Hackathon on DEV!

Personal Site/Portfolio: @abhinavchawla13

Program for the People: @jcsmileyjr

Built for Business: @guild

Random Roulette: @dawntraoz

All Grand Prize Winners will receive:

  • $2,000 USD gift card or equivalent 🤑
  • $300 USD credit to the DEV Shop 😎
  • DigitalOcean Swag Pack 🎁
  • DEV Sticker Pack ✨
  • DEV “App Platform Hackathon” grand prize profile badge 🏆
  • A Zoom meet-and-greet with DigitalOcean’s CEO, Yancey Spruill 👋

And, our Top 10 Runners-Up, in random order!











All runners-up will receive:

  • $200 USD gift card or equivalent 💰
  • $150 USD credit to the DEV Shop 🌈
  • DigitalOcean Swag Pack 🎩
  • DEV Sticker Pack 💻
  • DEV “App Platform Hackathon” runner-up profile badge 🌟


All participants with a valid project will receive a DEV Sticker Pack and an “App Platform Hackathon” participant profile badge. 🎉

To everyone who submitted a project for this hackathon, you should be super proud of yourselves. In the process of building your app, you’ve contributed to the DigitalOcean App Platform library and gained new experience with a professional tool.

The DigitalOcean team will follow up with each winner via email about their prizes, and the DEV team will do the same within two weeks.

Great work, everyone! We hope you had a blast participating in this challenge. ❤️

Discussion (34)

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

BIG congrats to our...

Grand Prize Winners:


And OF COURSE our incredible participants. These are truly some amazing projects. You should all be super proud ❤️

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Thank you to everyone involved and all of the DEV and DigitalOcean team members! You are amazing 💜

It has been great fun to build something awesome during the holiday season!

We hope that everyone enjoyed this hackathon as much as we did and have learned new skills!

Thank you for supporting open-source ⭐

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Alba Silvente 💃🏼

Whaaat? I can't believe it... I'm freaking out 😱
Congratulations to all of you and especially to those of you who have participated, you have done incredible things and I have learned a lot from the projects you have developed 🎉
I don't know what else I can say... thank you very much and it is an honour 😳!
DEV and DigitalOcean are awesome and give a lot to the community, I hope to follow your example and help a lot of people 💜

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congratulations :)

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Ben Halpern


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Lakshya Thakur • Edited on

Congrats to all winners 🥳🥳. Even though the hackathon ended, if you’re into anime, do give a look to which I built for this hackathon.

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Jasmin Virdi

Big thanks to Dev and DigitalOcean Teams for hosting the hackathon.😇

This was such a wonderful experience as I got a chance to execute my idea, try and learn new things!

It was amazing seeing devs coming all together to share their knowledge and build awesome products. It was a great learning experience.

Kudos to everyone who participated!❤️

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Pratyay Banerjee

Wait what? I won? 😲

I'm lacking words to explain how much happy I'm right now! :D
It was an amazing experience, and not to mention this is my 1st hackathon on the #DEV Community. I got to learn so many things while we (I along with my teammate) were working on this. Explored so many new ideas on this platform!

In a nutshell, it was a great learning experience & I'm looking forward to participating more! :)

Congratulations to everyone who participated!
Thanks to DigitalOcean & the entire DEV Team for organizing this Hackathon :D ❤️

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Ben Halpern


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Pratyay Banerjee • Edited on

Thanks Ben! 😊

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Shajia Abidi

Thank you Dev and Digital Ocean. This was very exciting, and I got to learn a lot working on this project.

I don't know if it is possible, but I would love to get feedback from the judges on how to improve the application.

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Abhinav Chawla • Edited on

Thank you so much everyone for all the support to my project! Of course, a special thanks to DigitalOcean and DEV for hosting the challenge, and always keeping the community engaged.

Feel free to reach out to me if you want to discuss the project, provide feedback, collaborate, or even just say hi! Lastly, great job everyone who participaed, that's an awesome list of projects 😁

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Alvaro Montoro

Congratulations to the winners and runner-ups! These projects look great 😊

...Time to explore how they did some of this stuff 😋

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Bobby Iliev

Congratulations everyone! 🥳

It has been an awesome experience! Thank you DEV and DigitalOcean! 🙌

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Congrats~~~ You're awesome...

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Dharmen Shah

Congratulations to all the winners... 😊

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Congratulations to all the winners! 🙌

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Nabil Alamin

Congratulations to everyone, really amazing 👏

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priyanshu pardhi

Congratulations to all the winners🏆🎉🏆
I also participated, It was a wonderful experience and got the badge but didn't get any mail regarding DEV sticker pack, waiting...

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Hi there! We will be sending out these emails today 😃

geobrodas profile image

Hey I didn't get the badge neither did I get any mail yet
Is the process still on ?

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priyanshu pardhi

Now I got my swags too, if you have submitted your project before the deadline and made a post regarding that in dev then you should be eligible. For more info check the DO+Hackathon post, hope this solves your queries.

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geobrodas profile image

I did submit before the deadline
Hope the coordinators see this discussion.

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priyanshu pardhi


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geobrodas profile image

Moreover people who submitted after the deadline also got their badge!

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priyanshu pardhi

Ohh, but I have no idea.

shriji profile image

Whaaaaaat... I won?

Thanks a lot DEV team and congratulations to all who participated and your awesome work!

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Congratulations to all the winners and runner-ups! Very exciting.

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Christopher Wray

Congrats! I ended up being too busy to do anything, but I'm so happy for the winners! Great job.

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Shunjid Rahman Showrov

Congratulations everyone.

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Claro A Briones

Congratulations to the winners and great work to all that participated! Some really awesome ideas came out of this hackathon.

Thanks DigitalOcean & DEV for sponsoring!

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Did anyone get the mail yet participants?

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Matthew Rungwe

The price of Hard Work should not come as a surprise. Congratulations to you all.

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Lucia Cerchie

I loved participating! Goal: Write my own in next year's! and learn all the things I wrote down that I wanted to learn in my post. Congrats to the winners!