The third annual NextStep Hackathon is here. Taking place from August 12th - 14th, this weekend-long hackathon will be tackling the biggest problems you are facing in your lives. This year's theme, breaking barriers, can be applied and interpreted in a variety of manners, and it is up to you to determine how you are going to use technology to find solutions to these problems!

HackAlphaX, the organization running NextStep Hacks, is created by students, dedicated to making an impact on all fields of STEM for youth. For the past three years, HackAlphaX has been running multiple events, garnering over 1,000 students impacted over the course of its creation. Several events will occur over the course of this weekend, including workshops, raffles, mentor sessions, and giveaways! We're so glad to have you with us, and we welcome you to NextStep Hacks 2022!


The Prompt

Many individuals across the world are facing a wide range of problems, whether it is regarding human rights, world hunger, healthcare, and much more. This year, we want you to tackle those problems close to home - things you are experiencing in your day-to-day life - and use technology to solve it. 


All submissions are required to have:

  • A video demonstration / pitch no longer than 5 minutes.
  • A link to the repository or code for viewing.
  • A link (if applicable) to the live website or application.
  • We do allow you to submit your project to other hackathons (this weekend only) as long as the other hackathon also allows this. 
  • If you're continuing work on an old project, you MUST specify in your Devpost what was worked on 1) before the hackathon and 2) during the hackathon.

Hackathon Sponsors


$156,982 in prizes

1st Place

• $400 to be split among the winning team members
• (4x) Replit 3 month hacker plan
• Free year of centered premium
• Lifetime taskade premium
• Wolfram Award, 1 year subscription
• $250 in Digital Ocean Credits

2nd Place

• $250 to be split among the winning team members
• (4x) Replit 3 month hacker plan
• Free year of centered premium
• Lifetime taskade premium
• Wolfram Award, 1 year subscription
• $250 in Digital Ocean Credits

3rd Place

• $150 to be split among the winning team members
• Free year of centered premium
• Lifetime taskade premium
• 4 x $25 in AoPS coupon
• Wolfram Award, 1 year subscription
• $250 in Digital Ocean Credits

Public Favorite

• $100 for the winning team members
• $250 in Digital Ocean Credits
• 3x 1-year subscription licenses of Axure RP Team Edition

Best Web Application

• $250 in Digital Ocean Credits
• RGB Bluetooth Speaker

Best Mobile Application

• $250 in Digital Ocean Credits
• Anker PowerCore Slim 10K Portable Charger

Participants Prize (500)

• Free .xyz domain
• echoAR 1-month business plan
• 25% off the first year of 1Password Families
• Free month of centered premium
• 5 years of taskade premium
• Interview Cake: Full access licenses to interview course for 30 days
• Access to Wolfram|One for thirty days
• $100 in credits for a 60-day free trial on digital ocean

Spotify Premium Raffle (2)

• Raffles for a free month of Spotify premium!

echo3D Prize

• 3-month free Business Tier access (per team member)
• 50 dollar amazon gift card

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Aditya Kirubakaran

Aditya Kirubakaran
Executive Director @ HackAlphaX

Krishnan Shankar
Technical & Operations Director @ HackAlphaX

Sameeha Siraj
Marketing Director @ HackAlphaX

Azamat Nurkhojayev

Azamat Nurkhojayev
Lead Developer @ Home Credit Bank

Danylo Tolmachov
Head of Software Engineering @ Techstack Ltd

Viachaslau Matsukevich

Viachaslau Matsukevich
Principal Cloud Architect @ Altoros

Pavel Terenin
Senior Software engineer @ Juniper Square

Bebe Agachevo

Bebe Agachevo

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Has this project been done before at hackathons in the past? How creative is their project in solving the problem at hand?
  • Adherence to Track
    Does the hack adhere to "breaking barriers"? Does it implement this theme fully or just partially?
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface?
  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "wow"?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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