astra db's
Build-a-thon

Making Side Hustles A Reality

Round 3: April 20 - May 20, 2022

overview

Have you been working on a side-hustle and think now is the time to go for it? Or have you been sat on an awesome idea, but don’t have the tools or motivation to go off and build it? Build-A-Thon is here to make it happen.

introduction to build-a-thon

Brought to you by AngelHack and DataStax, Build-A-Thon invites you to a virtual hackathon experience from February 21 to May 28, 2022, to explore and unravel the possibilities in modern applications.

We believe that magic happens when you match innovators with the right resources and platform. At Build-A-Thon, we’re here to equip you with just that.

With Astra DB at the core of every project, the possibilities are endless. In the 3-month course of this hackathon, builders are allowed the freedom and flexibility to build scalable solutions that aim to solve real-world challenges.

All you have to do is have Astra DB as your backend.

what is astra db?

DataStax Astra DB is a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) for Apache Cassandra™, designed to make it easier for developers to get started working with the database. It simplifies cloud-native Cassandra application development and comes with a free tier.

Developers can install and run Cassandra in minutes and achieve fast application delivery using the Cassandra Query Language (CQL), REST and GraphQL APIs.

what tools does astra db include?

The Stargate APIs are available as the Astra DB APIs. Create an application token and begin interacting with your database.

Each Astra DB database includes an integrated CQL shell for interactive Cassandra Query Language (CQL) commands. Use CQLSH to create tables, insert data, and modify data in your keyspace.

Use DataStax Bulk Loader (dsbulk) to load and unload data into your Astra DB database. You can load data from a variety of sources and unload data from DSE or DDAC databases for transfer, use, or storage of data.

Use the integrated metrics dashboards to view health metrics that include information regarding latency and throughput to the database. These metrics provide insights into the performance of the database and how workloads are distributed.

challenges

We’re changing the game this time, and the stakes are higher.

3 months, 3 Hackathons.

Astra DB’s Build-A-Thon is a 3-month long hackathon consisting of separate challenge statements and submission periods each month (i.e. 1 hackathon per month). Each month, we’ll reveal a fresh new set of challenges you can partake in. That’s not all — the top 3 winners of each round (each month) will qualify to present their polished project ideas on Demo Day held on May 28.

*Participants are free to take part in only 1, 2, or all 3 months’ challenges if they’d like.

round 1: coming soon

game

The a game

Almost 2 years into the pandemic and industries across the globe continue to face disruptions. But gaming giants are only leveling up. We invite you to build a game that anyone can enjoy while leveraging DataStax’s Astra DB.

This is your shot at contributing to the global game ecosystem.

environment

Making a Difference With Climate Change

From the melting of the poles to the weakening ocean currents every day the planet sends stronger signals of a climate crisis.

We invite you to create solutions that address society’s most critical environmental problems leveraging DataStax’s Astra DB, finding ways to make a difference that can add up over time.

solution

Build Your Own Solution

Do you have an idea that doesn’t fit any of the other challenges? This is the place for you, whether you want to design and develop a solution or create a data visualization & hack on. At its core, all project idea needs to use the Astra DB as its database.

Round 1 Challenge Statements

Round 1 is complete – join us for Round 2!

Round 2 Challenge Statements

Round 2 is complete – join us for Round 3!

wfh2

The Winning Formula For Work From Home

With the change in the working environment across the globe, HR teams continuously strive to provide the best work-from-home setup.

We invite you to design an app or a platform, with Astra DB, to make remote working more effective and efficient.

ecommerce

The E-Commerce Challenge

2 years of the pandemic has taken a toll on the livelihood of people across the globe and more people today are in need of support to sustain their basic lifestyle.

Formulate a solution that allows people to shop and donate items and get them delivered to the ones in need across the globe.

solution

Build Your Own Solution

Do you have an idea that doesn’t fit any of the other challenges? This is the place for you, whether you want to design and develop a solution or create a data visualization & hack on. At its core, all project idea needs to use the Astra DB as its database.

Round 3 Challenge Statements

Round 3 is complete – join us for Demo Day on 28 May!

supply chain

the Interconnectedness of Supply Chain

Technologies such as smart sensors and vehicle movement are seeing a huge adoption surge to optimize resources in the of the global supply chain industry. However, there are many other areas of the industry that still require fresh initiatives to streamline these processes.

We invite you to create innovative solutions for the global supply chain industry which tackle the current business or operational challenges, while leveraging Astra DB.

healthcare

the Health Care Challenge

Systemic health inequities can often be attributed to social issues thereby sometimes leaving the healthcare to be a privilege for only the rich and affluent. The challenge here is to create healthcare solutions focused on mobile/web applications which can be more scalable, affordable, and have better reach worldwide.
solution

Build Your Own Solution

Do you have an idea that doesn’t fit any of the other challenges? This is the place for you, whether you want to design and develop a solution or create a data visualization & hack on. At its core, all project idea needs to use the Astra DB as its database.

Prizes

We’re giving out a total of USD$41,000 worth of prizes​

schedule

Round 3 Hackathon Schedule

Build with Astra DB: Intro to Cassandra and Astra DB by DataStax
February 4, 2022

11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Build with Astra DB: Intro & Getting Started on Astra DB & Learn to create a Netflix Clone
February 18, 2022

11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Round #1 Challenge Statements Release
February 21, 2022

11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Build-A-Thon Learning Pathway Assessment #1 (offline)
February 21 - March 14, 2022
Build-A-Thon Workshop #1
February 25, 2022

11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Team Formation & Idea Pitching Session
March 4, 2022

11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Mentors’ Office Hours
March 11, 2022

11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Submission Deadline
March 18, 2022

12 PM EST | 5 PM GMT

Round 1 Judging
March 18 - 19, 2022

1 PM EST | 6 PM GMT - 11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Winners’ Announcement
March 20, 2022

11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Round #2 Challenge Statements Release
March 21, 2022

11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Build-A-Thon Learning Pathway Assessment #1 (offline)
March 21 - April 1, 2022
Build-A-Thon Workshop #1
March 25, 2022

11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Team Formation & Idea Pitching Session
April 1, 2022

11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Mentors’ Office Hours
April 8, 2022

11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Submission Deadline
April 14, 2022

12 PM EST | 5 PM GMT

Round 2 Judging
April 16 - 18, 2022

1 PM EST | 6 PM GMT - 11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Round 2 Winners’ Announcement
April 19, 2022

11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Build-a-thon Round 3
April 20 - May 15, 2022
Demo Day
May 28, 2022

11 AM EST | 4 PM GMT

Round #3 Challenge Statements Release
April 20, 2022

11 AM EST | 3 PM GMT

Build-A-Thon Learning Pathway Assessment #3 (offline)
April 20 - May 9, 2022
Build-A-Thon Workshop #3
April 22, 2022

11 AM EST | 3 PM GMT

Team Formation & Idea Pitching Session
April 29, 2022

11 AM EST | 3 PM GMT

Mentors’ Office Hours
May 6, 2022

11 AM EST | 3 PM GMT

Submission Deadline
May 20, 2022

12 PM EST | 4 PM GMT

Round 3 Judging
May 20 - 21, 2022

1 PM EST | 5 PM GMT - 11 AM EST | 3 PM GMT

Round 3 Winners’ Announcement
May 22, 2022

11 AM EST | 3 PM GMT

Demo Day Pitch Prep
May 23 - 27, 2022

11 AM EST | 3 PM GMT

Demo Day
May 28, 2022

11 AM EST | 3 PM GMT

Winners’ Announcement
May 28, 2022

11 AM EST | 3 PM GMT

Judges

Meet our esteemed panel of judges:

Karen Tamrazyan

Co-founder & CEO at Freeware Lovers / Founder of Cloud Study Network

David Gilardi

Developer Advocacy, DataStax

Cédrick Lunven

Director of Developer Advocacy, DataStax

Ania Kubów

YouTube Content Creator

Pieter Humphrey

Developer Product Manager, DataStax

N Balasubramaniam

Tech Head - Center of Excellence, NIIT USA

Rahul Singh

Chief Executive Officer, Anant

mentors

Meet the talented pool of mentors who will be there to help you along every step of the way.

Stefano Lottini

Developer Advocate, DataStax

Jack Fryer

Developer Communities, DataStax

Aleks Volochnev

Developer Advocate, DataStax

Artem Chebotko

Developer Advocate, DataStax

Raghavan Srivinas

Developer Advocate, DataStax

Aaron Ploetz

Developer Advocate, DataStax

Erick Ramirez

Apache Cassandra Enthusiast, DataStax

Judging criteria

Each criterion will be scored on a range of 0 to 5, and the maximum score that a project can get is 20.

Our judges will grade submissions across 4 equally-weighted categories:

Execution

How well was the project executed and explained? Does it justify the hackathon time frame?

creativity

How creative was the team in developing an innovative solution for the challenge?

impact

Did the team create an application that can have a real and valuable impact?

Utility

Does the entry solve a real-world problem? How well-identified is the potential audience or market for the problem being solved?

faqs

Three hackathons will be held from February 21 to May 28 2022. The dates are as follows:
Round 1: February 21 – March 20, 2022
Round 2: March 21 – April 19, 2022
Round 3: April 20 – May 15, 2022
Demo Day: May 28, 2022

Any Global Citizen with an internet connection & is 18 years old and above! 

(Please refer to the eligibility restrictions section (in the Participation Agreement) to check the list of countries whose residents are not eligible to take part in this Hackathon)

Yes! We want anyone with ideas or the passion to innovate to participate. Teams will however need at least one individual who can build/code a cloud-native application on Astra DB for project submission.

You’re free to participate in only 1 month’s challenge and submission. However, if you’re feeling ambitious, do feel free to participate in all the challenges across the 3 months! It’s entirely up to you. 

The minimum participants in a team is 1, while the maximum number is 4.

Teams are recommended to be formed within your own locations & time zones to avoid time zone fatigue but this is not mandatory. You can choose to join a team located in another time zone as well.

Yes! Only registered individuals are eligible to participate. Please ensure that all members of your team have registered their teams accordingly as well.

The only true requirement is AstraDB usage. While using AstraDB there are many different options available in terms of connecting (stargate.io) through API’s: Document API, REST API, GraphQL, CQL. As far as the languages go, there are no limitations. Go ahead and use Astra DB as core of your project with any framework or language and build your projects!

This hackathon is open to anyone from no experience with Cassandra or CQL or DataStax’s Astra DB to experienced. Before the hackathon begins, here are some resources that you can use and quickly master on all of these.

Worry not! Please sign-up for Astra DB via a secondary email address and contact the AngelHack organizing team in the hackathon Slack to get your details updated.

Please provide your Discord username to any of the AngelHack organizing team members for verification.

SWAG Reveal

Top 10 Hackers Listed on Leaderboard:
Astra DB SWAG Box (Worth USD $200)

Top 20 Hackers Listed on Leaderboard (Rankings 11-30):
Premium Limited Edition Astra DB Hoodie (Worth USD $50)

Top 100 Hackers Listed on Leaderboard (Rankings 31-130):
Exclusive Astra DB T-shirt (Worth USD $25)

are you ready for the challenge?