School’s back in session, which means you’re juggling classes, clubs, and a rapidly approaching cuffing season. And unless you’ve got deep pockets or generous parents, you’re gonna need some money too.

Your full-time job is being a student, but a part-time gig is a no brainer.

Everyone at Devpost worked their way through school. We’ve washed dishes, TA’d classes, designed books, started a record label, shelved books at the library, and given campus tours.

For something more practical & related to your studies, ask your professors if they need help with their research. And don't be afraid to look outside of CS / Engineering. Business, Economics, Chemistry, Biology, Art—I gaurantee there's someone writing code in every building on campus.

Eager to get off campus? Reach out to local businesses and help them with their online presence and ecommerce. Could be the start of your freelance career.

BTW, if you’re interested in working for us part-time, on-campus, this fall & spring, we’re hiring campus reps at a bunch of schools. It’s a real, paying gig.

The challenge with any part-time job is balancing it with your course load and all the other balls you’ve got in the air.

Here are a few tips that helped us keep it together in school:

• Timebox and then seek help. Give papers and problem sets your all—for a defined period of time and then go get help. There’s no point wasting 10 hours on an assignment when 20 minutes with a TA can clear it up.

• A lot of campus jobs, like working at the library, come with major downtime. Use that time to do your homework. But ask if it’s OK first.

• Take some time off every week. Go to the library, play some ultimate, or just nap it out. College is supposed to be fun too.

• Split up group projects, complete your section, ask a teammate to review it, and do the same for them. I swear it’ll go faster than a big group discussion.

• This may be an unpopular suggestion, but schedule your classes in the morning. It’ll give you a few extra hours every day and you'll have the arvo and early evening for your job & extracurriculars.

• Check if your school records lectures and if you can download them as podcasts. This works really well for classes without much boardwork. Pro tip: listen to them at 2–3x.

Online hackathons


NEW!! Amazon Sumerian AR/VR Challenge

3D experiences are here, and Amazon Sumerian is the quickest and easiest way to build one! Amazon is challenging you to create AR, VR, or 3D apps using their browser-based IDE. Sumerian’s unmatched ease-of-use, you can build highly immersive and interactive scenes for a variety of headsets, and both iOS and Android devices. Plus, with one-click publishing, there's no need to build for each platform from scratch.

There are over $100,000 in prizes, so fire up your terminal, goggle into the Metaverse, and try not to snow crash.

BTW, all participants will get access to tutorials & training materials and will receive support throughout the challenge via our Slack community, Twitch, and webinars.


NEW!! AT&T Mixed Reality Hackathon with Magic Leap One

This isn't an online hackathon, but it's really cool and we don't want you to miss it.

AT&T and Magic Leap are hosting a mixed reality & spatial computing hackathon in San Francisco, CA on November 9–11. You'll be hacking with the Magic Leap One and competing for $10,000 in prizes.

You have to apply before October 22nd, by registering & submitting your idea on Devpost. Only 30 applicants will be invited to the hackathon, so stop reading this and get on it.


AWS Serverless Apps for Social Good Hackathon

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 9! Win $22,000 in prizes by creating new serverless applications that support nonprofits working to end human trafficking.

Your app can be a stand-alone asset or an input to other applications. All apps will be published to the AWS Serverless Application Repository.


Amazon Aurora Database Challenge

In the first ever Aurora challenge, Amazon is challenging developers around the world to build an application that can reach internet scale using Amazon Aurora, a MySQL and PostgreSQL compatible relational database. Prizes include $24,000 in cash and AWS credits!

Judges will be looking for scalability, performance, security, and resilience while making use of the AWS ecosystem. They'll reward good development practices, including continuous integration & continuous delivery, microservices, serverless computing, and other modern design ideas.


PropTech Challenge—presented by REBNY

During the PropTech Challenge, you'll develop cutting edge solutions to solve real world challenges for NYC’s real estate market. There is a grand total of $50,000 in cash prizes, which will be awarded to twelve finalists at Demo Day on November 8th in New York City.

Bonus: Thanks to REBNY, you will have ongoing access to representatives from many of the largest real estate firms who can provide mentoring, insight, and guidance about the industry & major pain points.


The AWS AI Hackathon

Put your skills to the test by applying language and vision intelligence to a new or existing application and win $10,000 in prizes!

Use language and vision APIs including Amazon Comprehend, Amazon Transcribe, Amazon Polly, Amazon LexAmazon Translate, and Amazon Rekognition to gain customer insights, personalize content recommendations, identify celebrities, objects and scenes, and much more!


Local hackathons in September–November