If you dig Twitch live streams and you like to hack, then you gotta enter the Twitch AWS Extensions Challenge before it ends on Feburary 26th.

Extensions are HTML5 apps that you can overlay on channels & streams, enabling you to create fully interactive experiences between content creators and viewers.

Your extension can be anything that enhances the streaming experience: a leader board, a mini-game, or maybe a walkthrough guide.

You must integrate at least one AWS service to be eligible, but that could be S3 for storing images, DynamoDB for state management, or lambda for building microservices.

What's in it for you? There are $26,500 in prizes including swag, a trip to TwitchCon 2019, and a meeting with Twitch execs!

Ready to get started? Register on Devpost and then check out the Twitch Extensions sandbox, a web-based WYSIWYG editor that makes it easy for developers to build, ship, and test Extensions with robust samples on a live channel.

Featured hackathons

 

NEW!! MESG Hackathon

Build a kickass application with MESG: a blockchain-compatible building platform, with decentralized capabilities, complete with an open unregulated marketplace of services.

Your MESG app could be anything from a multinational DApp store, to an automated business workflow, to an automatic payment of personal bills or linking real-time notifications to blockchain events. Submissions are due February 18th and there are $10,000 in prizes.

 

Amazon Alexa Skills For Students

Alexa can help ease the lives of busy students, allowing them to focus on their studies. Whether it’s struggling with various classes, time management, or tutoring, Alexa can be a concierge, a study buddy, or a learning coach.

But what else can she do in this area? For this hackathon, you'll build Alexa skills that fit into one of the following categories: Student life, Learning, or Community.

There are $30,590 in prizes including DeepLens video cameras, Echo devices, AWS credits, and Amazon gift cards.

FYI, This hackathon is open to residents of the US who are 18+ years old AND members of the AWS Educate program.

 

WRC Blockchain Hackathon

Wastewater Reuse Certificates (WRCs) are tradeable, electronic certificates, used to track industrial & manufacturing & agricultural water utilization throughout Maharashtra, India. Underperform your WRC qouta, and you'll have to buy WRCs, overperform (yay!) and you can sell your excess WRCs on the open market.

For this hackathon, you'll develop application using Blockchain to manage issuance, storage and trading of WRCs. ₹ 175,000 in prizes!

 

SXSW 2019 Hackathon (March 12 & 13) in Austin, TX

SXSW is now accepting applications for their sixth annual hackathon. Join developers, coders, and tech creatives to build tech that addresses the range of media covered at SXSW from Music to VR, AR, AI, and Blockchain.

The top three projects will be awarded cash prizes by our panel of top-level industry & creative judges, plus an opportunity to join the SXSW Hackathon Incubator.

☝️ All applications must be received before March 5, 2019.

 

Microsoft Graph Security Hackathon

Corporate security is tough. While most companies use a variety of specialized tools to audit their attack surface, investigate attacks, and secure devices & user data, these tools aren't designed to communicate with each other.

Siloed software leads to hacky integrations which at best, don't work well and at worst, provide a false sense of security.

But, Microsoft believes you can solve these integration challenges using their new Graph Security API and is offering $15,000 in prizes to prove they're serious!

This API is a unified REST endpoint that makes it easy to access & act on security insights from an ecosystem of connected security solutions.

 

Local hackathons in February–April