Promoting software engineering in South Texas through the inclusion of women in programming.

HackSTX is a 24-hour hackathon where RGV students compete to solve some of the most pressing problems facing the Rio Grande Valley. Attendees will also have a chance to assist workshops hosted by other student organizers and learn together in a collaborative effort.

HackSTX is all about promoting the field of software engineering in the Rio Grande Valley. We do this by providing participants with challenges and workshops that will expand their knowledge and skills in the field. 

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$294 in prizes

Roku (4)

Roku players, branded simply as Roku, are a series of online media players manufactured by Roku, Inc. Roku partners provide over-the-top content in the form of channels.

Arduino Kit (4)

Single board micro-controller for building digital devices.


Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Must be 18 years or older, and currently enrolled in University or College in the Rio Grande Valley.


1. How would you solve health issues going on in the valley with technology?

2. Transportation can be a huge deal in the RGV, how would you aid transportation using technology?


Other: Projects that don't follow the above challenges will be judged under a lower category, but are still eligible to win prizes.

How to enter

Answer the questions provided and submit your project's GitHub link or any other link of your project. 


Dr. Timothy Wylie

Dr. Timothy Wylie
UTRGV - Assistant Professor

Dr. Robert Schweller

Dr. Robert Schweller
UTRGV - Associate Professor

Dr. Marzieh Ayati

Dr. Marzieh Ayati
UTRGV - Assistant Professor

Judging Criteria

  • Execution of theme
    Does the app's content or intended audience pertain to the RGV in some special way? How well does the app express the theme of HackSTX
  • Innovation
    Is the solution a different take on an existing application or is it truly unique? Does the app mash up data or services that you wouldn't have thought would work together? Is the solution more technically challenging than the others?
  • Ambition
    Does the app do one thing or does it have a lot of functionality? Was the idea behind the app creative? What was added to the app to make it special or more useful?
  • User Experience
    Does the app's UI look sloppy or is it professional? Is it a compelling user experience? Is the app easy to use? Does the app's workflow make sense? Is it intuitive?
  • Presentation Quality/Impact
    Did the team present a functioning solution? Did the team stay within the time limit of their presentation? Was the team able to communicate their idea and translate it to the app they produced?
  • Overall Quality
    Does the app work completely from start to finish? Was there anything in the app that wasn't fully implemented (e.g. a link to nowhere or a button with no action)? Did the team scope their app's features well given the time frame?