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MongoDB World Hackathon '22

Build your way to MongoDB World this year by competing in our hackathon. This year’s theme is “Data as news - A hackathon for information overload”.
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Humanity faces massive challenges with news & information overload! Fortunately, there are public datasets that enable developers to build useful insights on top of public data. Put on your thinking hat, enter on your own or form a team, and participate in the largest MongoDB sponsored hackathon, bring your ideas to life and compete to win one-of-a-kind prizes.

Build Something Cool!

Hacking is about satisfying an inquisitive streak and building something for fun and exploration. So our challenge for this hackathon is simple: make sense of one of the world's largest datasets!

The GDELT Project monitors the world's broadcast, print, and web news from nearly every corner of every country in over 100 languages and identifies the people, locations, organizations, themes, sources, emotions, counts, quotes, images and events driving our global society every second of every day.

As long as your project uses MongoDB in some way, you'll be eligible for prizes. Projects will be judged on three simple criteria: Is it creative, is it well designed, and is it well made? So feel free to take your projects in exciting directions and take this opportunity to satisfy your inquisitive mind!

Work together, work alone, work at home, work remotely. Wherever you work, have fun!
How to get involved

The MongoDB World Hackathon is a 6 week long competition for the world's hackers, designers, and makers.

The MongoDB World Hackathon is a great opportunity to gain experience with new technologies and learn new skills.

Connect with other hackers around the world, find teams, and learn from each other.

To help you get up to speed with MongoDB, the GDELT database collection and other technologies, we will have regular tutorials and livestreams on a variety of topics weekly.

How to enter

Step 1

Register on the MongoDB Forums which will add you to the Hackathon Group. If you’re in a team, all team members must register.


Step 2

Gather your best ideas and build a project using MongoDB Technology & the GDELT Dataset we provide.


Step 3

Submit your projects before the end of the day on May 20th 2022. We can’t wait to take a look at your amazing ideas.

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Head over to the Hackathon Community to discuss the hackathon, ask questions, and find team members. MongoDB engineers and advocates will be available to answer your questions and help out.

Register for the hackathon any time until the hackathon ends. You do not need a team to register.

April 11th

Let the hacking begin!

You can start coding your projects starting on April 11th.


April 11th - May 6th

Weekly Office hours, AMA and Challenges on our LiveStreams (Twitch/Youtube) and via our Hackathon Group on MongoDB Forums (see detailed plan - weekly activities/assigned resources)


May 6th

Prepare your final submissions. You can explain your project in writing (only a short description is required, but the more info you give us the better!) - including screenshots, links, repos and videos (3 mins)


May 20th

Let there be an end to the hacking!

Submissions close at 5pm EST on May 20th.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the rules?
The rules for the Hackathon are located here
Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct for the Hackathon is located here
  • Individuals who are at least the age of majority where they reside as of the time of entry.
  • Teams of up to 4 eligible individuals.
  • The competition will welcome submitters from around the world. However, individuals or organizations may be disqualified if they are based in a nation, state, province, or territory where U.S. or local law prohibits participating in the competition or receiving a prize (including, but not limited to, Brazil, Quebec, Cuba, Sudan, Iran, North Korea, Syria and any other country designated by the United States Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control).
  • Employees of MongoDB are not eligible.
  • Build a news based project that uses MongoDB.
  • Create a video that includes footage that shows off what you built.
  • Submit your project including the video, a text description, and any relevant links before end of day May 20th 2022.
There are a number of prizes for participants of the Hackathon. The main prize awarded is to be determined by MongoDB, and additional prizes of MongoDB swag.
The Judges will be a team of senior and principle staff from the MongoDB Developer Relations, Marketing & Engineering Teams.
Judging Criteria
  • Quality of the Idea - Includes creativity and originality of the idea.
  • Design - Includes the user experience and visual design of the idea.
  • Technical Implementation - Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer and how well MongoDB was executed in the submission.