Use your development skills and imagination to build apps that run on OpenShift to help make life safer, easier or less stressful for people, communities and businesses in the ‘new normal’. 

You will showcase your project running on the OpenShift Developer Sandbox - a managed app platform service that reduces operational complexity allowing you to confidently build and scale applications in the cloud faster and simpler than ever before.

The OpenShift developer catalogue comes pre-loaded with over 150 templates to get you coding faster. From choice of languages, runtimes & frameworks, middleware and databases - all the components you need to build your project are available at your fingertips. 

Your preferred language or runtime is not in the catalogue? You have the freedom to bring your own tooling to the platform - that is the flexibility that OpenShift gives developers, to align to their existing development tools and processes.


Use these 'challenge statements' for inspiration to create your submissions, or feel free to use your own:

Help navigate the travel process: Domestic and international travel restrictions/guidelines are in a constant state of flux causing uncertainty and stress for travellers.

  • How do I know whether I can travel to a destination? 

  • Is it safe to travel to a destination?

  • What are the quarantine requirements for at my destination and return?

  • What are the COVID testing procedures for my departure and return? What are the costs of the required testing?

  • What are the documents that I must bring? 

  • Will my vaccination record be recognised? 

  • How do I easily know if my itinerary is eligible for refunds or date changes?

  • How can I take advantage of cheap travel deals?

  • Given new COVID variants, when would be the best time to visit (or not visit) hotspots?


Assist people who have been impacted by the pandemic: Many people have been financially and emotionally affected over the last 18 months.

  •  How can we make life less stressful for people?

  • How can we help businesses reach new customers?

  • How can businesses improve their efficiencies?


Improve the home based learning experience: Each day several hundred thousand students login to online learning platforms which may not be suited for massive scale and long term/duration learning activities.

  • How could we make a scalable online learning platform to serve all students?

  • How can we improve student engagement and presence?

  • How can we help teachers better plan and deliver their lessons?

  • Are there better ways than powerpoint and youtube videos to learn?


Improve the work from home (WFH) experience: Many of us are to WFH but this leads to new challenges such as work/life balance and being ‘always-on’.

  • For families working/studying at home - how can we better schedule activities to not impact other family members?

  • How can we help parents working from home better manage their time?

  • How do we coordinate usage of the home office/wifi so that it does not impact others in the household 


  • Build (or update) a functioning open-source project that showcases the technical benefits of the developer tooling available on the OpenShift application platform.

    The submission will run (in part) on the OpenShift Developer Sandbox (link) and optionally utilize the Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka (link).

  • Provide a URL to your code repository for judging and testing; or a link to your functioning demo. In addition provide instructions on how to ‘start’ your project.

  • Include a video (about 3 minutes) that demonstrates your submission. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook Video and made public.

Hackathon Sponsors


$20,000 in prizes

1st Place

• $10K USD Cash
• Meet and greet (virtual) with Red Hat Global Product Manager
• Blog post on and
• Social media promotion on Red Hat handles

2nd Place

• $5K USD Cash
• Blog post on and
• Social media promotion on Red Hat handles

3rd Place

• $3K Cash
• Blog post on and
• Social media promotion on Red Hat channels

Participation Prize (80)

• T-shirt for every eligible project submission $25 vouchers (up to 80)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Harish Pillay

Harish Pillay
Senior Community Relations Manager, Red Hat

Daniel Oh, Sr.

Daniel Oh, Sr.
Sr. Principal Technical Marketing Manager, Red Hat

Diane Mueller-Klingspor

Diane Mueller-Klingspor
Community Development Director, Red Hat

Ryan Law

Ryan Law
Head of Engineering, Grab

Professor Dusit Niyato

Professor Dusit Niyato
IEEE Felllow, Cluster Director, Multi-Energy Systems & Grids​ Energy Research Institute, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Albert Lie Adrian

Albert Lie Adrian
Fractional Eng Lead / Advisor / Former Founding Engineer & Tech Lead @ Xendit (YC S15, Stripe for Southeast Asia)

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea
    • Creativity, originality of the project submission • Are there features or techniques used that have not been previously observed in systems? • Are there new inventions or business methods that support the novelty?
  • Implementation
    • How well the idea was executed by the project team • How much of the available OpenShift developer catalogue was utilized • Demonstrates how the OpenShift capabilities were utilized • Code quality (lack of defects)
  • Ease of Use & User Experience
    • From the end user perspective, how well does the submitted project achieve its goals with effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction • User experience is intuitive and polished • The submitted project is easy to access/restart
  • Potential Impact & Value
    • To what degree does the submitted project enable or deliver progressive developments within its field • What is the future potential for the project submission in terms of real world adoption and market reach

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