RDV Hacks is a completely free, in-person hackathon in NYC from August 6th to August 7th.

By teaming up with other student hackers and the founders participating in RDV University, you'll get to build products, ideas, and tech alongside other aspiring coders, builders, and entrepreneurs. Join us for over 24 hours of innovation, sprints, and fun! Open to all current students based in New York City this summer.

Sign up now to enter raffles for special prizes, only available to early registrants and referrers (more information on website). Registrants are eligible for more than one prize, and are only eligible for prizes if they attend the hackathon. Early registrants and referrers will also receive access to free events leading up to the hackathon in August!



  • Register here on Devpost AND fill out this AirTable form here
    • You HAVE to fill out this form in order to participate.

Any other questions about RDV Hacks? Email us at mailto:jnavarro@roughdraft.vc, or ask a question in the Q&A channel on discord! (Join Discord here!)


  • Github link submitted here on Devpost
    • Contains project code
    • Working prototype
  • 3-5 minute video presentation to judges
    • Covers the problem, solution, and impact
    • Answers the theme (to be presented at RDV Hacks)

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,440 in prizes
Cryptocurrency logo Prizes paid in cryptocurrency

First Prize

Arduino Starter Kit
HyperX Pulsefire Haste Gaming Mouse
HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

Second Prize

HyperX Pulsefire Haste Gaming Mouse

Third Prize


Early Bird Registration

HyperX Alloy Elite 2 Gaming Keyboard (Register by July 8 for a chance to win)

Early Bird Registration

Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset (Register by July 15 for a chance to win)

Referral Prize

Arduino Starter Kit (Refer 2 friends for a chance to win)

MLH - Best domain registered with Domain.com

Prize: PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger.

Register a .tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi wireless phone charger.

MLH - Best Use of CockroachDB

Prize: 3D Printing Pen.

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for you and each of your team members. What's more, ALL projects submitted that use CockroachDB will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last!

MLH - Best Use of DeSo
Cryptocurrency logo

Prize: $100 worth of $DESO coin and an exclusive DeSo Tumbler.

DeSo is the official Web3 sponsor of the MLH Hackathon League and the first Layer 1 blockchain custom-built for decentralized social media applications.
In order to qualify for the contest, you must launch an app that writes to the DeSo blockchain and implements DeSo identity.

MLH - Best Use of NLP with Cohere

Prize: Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit.

Cohere makes Natural Language Processing easy to do with their ready to use online platform. Simply sign-up, claim your free $75 credit. You and your teammates can each win a Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit by using Cohere in your next hack

MLH - Dream Big and Create More Cheers with AB InBev (2)

Prize: Anker Wireless Charger Bundle.

AB InBev is all about bringing people together and creating more cheers for a better world! Using whatever tools, hardware and/or software at your disposal, build a hack that leads us into a brighter future for a chance to win some amazing prizes for you and your team.
Remember, AB inBev is looking for innovative projects that can possibly change the world in a positive way! We can't wait to see what you come up with.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Denali Tietjen

Alan Xie

Deevy Bhimani

Vlad Lokshin

Anjaneya Naik

Jack McClelland

Jack McClelland

Jennifer Wei

Jennifer Wei

Nitesh Banta


Jack McClelland

Jack McClelland

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
  • Functionality
  • Design
  • Relevance to Theme

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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