Announcing Hashnode Hackathon Powered by Vercel!

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We are delighted to announce a new Hackathon on Hashnode in partnership with Vercel.

Hashnode Hackathons are an excellent way for developers to come up with interesting ideas and level up their skills by building. This hackathon will motivate you to create an app using your favorite tech stack, write an article about the process, and win cool prizes from the Vercel and Hashnode team.

From now through to February 7 (3 weeks), youโ€™ll have the opportunity to build an application, launch it on Vercel, and share your experience with the Hashnode community.

What is Vercel? โ„น๏ธ


Vercel is a cloud platform for serverless deployment. It enables developers to host websites and web services that deploy instantly, scale automatically, and require no supervision, all with minimal configuration. They are also the creators of the popular open-source React.js framework, Next.js.

How to participate ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿ’ป ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป

  • Build an app using your favorite language/tool/framework.
  • Deploy your app to Vercel. If you don't have a Vercel account, create a free one here.
  • Write an article about the building process of your app on your Hashnode blog. If you don't have a Hashnode blog yet, set it up here.
  • Add the #VercelHashnode hashtag to your article.
  • Share your article on social media and tag @hashnode and @vercel.

Suggested App Categories: ๐Ÿ’ผ

These are suggested categories to give you an idea of what to build. However, you shouldn't restrict yourself to this category. You are free to build anything and whatever you like.

  1. Devtools - Devtools are Developer utility tools that make task execution easier in some way. It can help developers to test and debug their code or perform some other task with ease and efficiency.
  2. Productivity - Productivity tools/applications as the name suggests are applications/tools that help you to enhance your productivity. This covers a wide range of applications such as extensions, trackers, time sync apps, etc.
  3. Entertainment - Applications that can contribute to the entertainment of a user will come in this category. It can be as simple as a music player or a movie watcher.
  4. Social - Social applications are the ones that help you socialize with other people in one way or the other. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter all fall into this category. But you can use your creativity to spin some unique Social applications.

Prizes ๐Ÿ†

5 Grand Prizes

  • $500 Amazon Gift Card
  • 1 Next.js SweatShirt and 2 Mugs
  • 1 Next.js T-shirt
  • Hashnode T-Shirt

10 Runners Up Prizes

  • $250 Amazon Gift Card
  • 1 Next.js T-shirt and Mug
  • Hashnode T-Shirt

Participants (with a valid project)

A โ€œHashnode Hackathonโ€ participant badge on their Hashnode blog.

Winners ๐Ÿ—“

On 10th Feb 2021, we will evaluate all the entries and pick the winners.

Evaluation Criteria

Our team will evaluate projects on the basis of the following criteria:

Product Thinking:

  • Usefulness - How useful the project can be in a real-world scenario?
  • Completeness - Are the features implemented in the project complete?


  • Design - The overall look, layout, positioning in the application.
  • Colour - Colour usage and proper contrast.


  • Quality - Are participants writing clean code, using proper naming conventions (comments can be avoided if naming conventions are used really well), linters usage?
  • Best Practices - How well can the candidate use the latest code features (ES6, ES7, ESNext, etc.)? How well is the code structured inside each file?

Once you are done with your project, it's time to write what your project does. Following are criteria based on which our team will evaluate the articles on Hashnode -

Article Completeness:

The Blog should cover all aspects of your project, ranging from what inspired you to create this project, what is the problem the project is targeting, to how you created it.

The best way to ensure completeness is by covering your whole project development journey including the implementation details as well as the challenges you faced.


Try to avoid difficult jargon in your blog. Use simple language to convey your thoughts.

The only time your reader should Google words included in your blog should be for technical terms.


Make your blog personalized, this will help you in discovering your writing style.

Make your blogs visually interactive by using the app screenshots.

Important Dates ๐Ÿ—“

  • January 15th, 2021: Hackathon Begins
  • February 7th, 2021: Hackathonโ€™s deadline for submission (Due at 11:59 PM PT)
  • February 10th, 2021: Winners of the Hackathon will be announced


By participating in this hackathon you agree to accept Hashnode Hackathon rules. Please read them carefully before proceeding.

We are looking forward to seeing what you will build. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Lalit's photo

Hello everyone !!

Check out my project, It is not an other notes taking app or a todo list. It's about adding a fully functional copy button in markdown files including GitHub Readme files !!

Check it out ->
Blog ->

Shyam Ganesh's photo

It is an very interesting project ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Bhavya Mehta's photo

Hey, I built this app and deployed it on Vercel:

Link to my social media post:

Link to the article:

Do let me know if anything remains, or I have done all to be considered a valid entry :D

Syed Fazle Rahman

Savio Martin's photo

Thanks, Hashnode Team for coordinating this hackathon and giving us a chance to build something useful and productive. Surely - will give it a try to win this! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ†

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Syed Fazle Rahman's photo

Age restriction is relaxed to 13+. Please read the rules before participating. Rahul Savio Martin.

Maisam Somji's photo

Finally published an article about my #VercelHashnode hackathon! Check out how to visualize your chrome browsing history!

Rishab Kumar's photo

Let's go, really excited to see what everyone builds!


Waiting for the results sir! ๐Ÿ˜

Every hashnode tweet comes with a little fear of result! ๐Ÿ˜

Samuel Adekunle's photo

Hi Syed Fazle Rahman, what about mobile apps, can it be hosted on vercel?

Sandeep Panda's photo

Unfortunately, mobile apps canโ€™t be hosted on Vercel. But you can host your APIs on Vercel serverless platform and use them in your mobile app. That would qualify.

Kennedy Mwangi's photo

we are participating in a hackathon.

David Oden's photo

Can we also deploy a desktop application?

Braydon Coyer's photo

So cool! What a fantastic opportunity!

Adam Sobotka's photo

Should I apply if I am coding my project for a month now?

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Connor Adams's photo

Sandeep Panda

Interesting! In that case could Lockbot qualify for this? It's an open source productivity tool predominantly used by dev teams.

The website is hosted on Vercel. I started development last year and I can write a blog on its development.

Just been reading the rules ๐Ÿง "(iv) development of the Entry was started during, and not prior to, the Entry Period (unless otherwise approved in the Hackathon Announcement Page)"

Adam Sobotka's photo

Okay, means that I am out too. Nevermind, had at least decent reason to write an article Connor Adams

Junior Garcia's photo

I'm in! ๐Ÿ™Œ

Lalit's photo

When will the result be announced as it's already night in India.

Syed Fazle Rahman's photo

Very soon. We are still evaluating all the entries.

Joyancefa's photo

Hello everyone,

I wanted to build a goals tracker app (see mock). Web 1920 โ€“ 4.png

Unfortunately, I am not close to done and the authentication is not working currently on prod ๐Ÿ˜….

Still, I shared my learnings here =>

If you are interested, I will keep building the app and you can see the code on Github =>

Maisam Somji's photo

Unfortunately my chrome extension is stuck in pending review stage in the chrome web store. I hope this work against me. I will be providing instruction on how to install the extension and attaching a video gif of the application to my article.

Surjith S M's photo

Just finished Vercel hackathon Project. See:

kapeel kokane's photo

My submission for the hackathon:

Revamped hacker news UX with dark mode support! deployment link:

Tuomo Kankaanpรครค's photo

Great hackathon! I'll be sure to participate.

Is it ok if my blog post has affiliate links?

kapeel kokane's photo

I am interested in participating. Have not published my post yet.

  • How can I make sure that my post has been considered for the hackathon? Is there any way to verify that?
  • If I publish my article today, can I keep making additional changes to the article as well as the product till the hackathon submission date closes on 7th?
Syed Fazle Rahman's photo

Hi kapeel kokane,

  1. Every post tagged with #vercelhashnode is considered for hackathon.

  2. Yes, you can make changes till 7th.

kapeel kokane's photo

Syed Fazle Rahman Thanks a lot for the clarification!

Manish Yadav's photo

If I make a social media web app with some new features, will it be eligible?

Ahammad Shawki's photo

I think we can only deploy an app in vercel if it is created with JavaScript frameworks. So can I participate in this competition if my app is created with a Python framework?

Barun Debnath's photo

How to apply for the hackathon? I don't see any registration form?

Bolaji Ayodeji's photo

Love this!

Michael B.'s photo

Hello Sandeep Panda,

I started a productivity app the 8th of January, is that ok if I apply, or the project has to be started after the announcement?

I talk a little bit about the project here and I will be happy to make an article on my Hashnode blog.

Sandeep Panda's photo

If you are hosting on Vercel, it's eligible. Feel free to write about it and submit. :)

Michael B.'s photo

Sandeep Panda It's on Vercel yes!

Great, I wil add some features and write an article :) Thank you

Xavier's photo

Cout me In, Gonna build something cool ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜œ

Vikrant Bhat's photo

This is gonna be awesome! Already started brainstorming my idea!

Abodunrin Abdulsalam's photo

Thanks for this opportunity. This is the time to challenge ourselves to build out that idea that has been sitting in our minds. We will surely give this out best.

Harshit Badolla's photo

Great opportunity. Are teams allowed? If yes, how many people are allowed in a team?

ayewo's photo

Comprehensibility: Try to avoid language difficult jargon in your blog.

I must have re-read the quoted sentence 3 times before realizing the ironyโ€”it contains an unfortunate typo that makes the sentence incomprehensible ... haha

I'm guessing what was intended was:

"Try to avoid difficult language / jargon in your blog."

Syed Fazle Rahman's photo

Thanks for pointing it out, ayewo. I have fixed it.

Juan F Gonzalez's photo

Hmmm, interesting. It will be a challenge to come up with something useful for others that I'd like to build and could finish before the deadline in my spare time. We'll see. I'll give it a shot.

Bisrategebriel Fisseha's photo

Interesting in all aspects! happy to be part of this community.

Milind Singh's photo
  1. Do I need to make my code open source? (assuming a server-side backend)

  2. I am planning to build publically sharable developer profile cum resume with some interactive features. what category is this?

Sandeep Panda's photo
  1. If you can open source, it is a big plus. If not, try to include code snippets and make it comprehensive.

  2. Devtools?

Sagar B's photo

Is there any registration link or we have to just submit it on 7th February?

Sandeep Panda's photo

Just submit by 7th.

Salami Samod's photo

I don't think a Django app can be hosted on vercel, pls help Am interested

Jalaj Gupta's photo

Syed Fazle Rahman What about browser extensions? How are we supposed to host them on Vercel?

Piyush Sinha's photo

Many Chrome extensions have a product website to present it in a more professional way. May be host that on Vercel.

Jalaj Gupta's photo

Piyush Sinha That's an option. Would this qualify? @sandeep

Sam Walpole's photo

Hi, This looks awesome.

Just wondering, does it have to be entirely hosted on Vercel? I like to build using an ASP NET Core backend, which can't be hosted on Vercel. But I could host the frontend on Vercel.

Syed Fazle Rahman's photo

Hey Sam, You can use a different service too (e.g. Atlas for MongoDB deployment).

Sandeep Panda's photo

Sam Walpole You can host the frontend on Vercel.

Franklin Okolie's photo

How do we submit the project?

Emmanuel's photo

lets count on it

Okere chinedu Victor's photo

This is going to be epic!

Mohammed Ashfaq's photo

Can we participate in a team or is it an individual event?

Sandeep Panda's photo

It's an individual event. :)

Omotola Shogunle's photo

Alright I would give this a go!