High School Students

Are you a high school student interested in engineering? Come hack and learn!

College Students

Build on your education with real-world experience in cutting edge stacks.

Engineering Pros

Are you a pro? We need you! Come hack, network, mentor, and win amazing prizes!


Our Visionary Speakers


Our Heroic Sponsors


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Total Participants

LEARN FROM OUR Visionary Speakers

Numerous founders, thought leaders, open-source contributors, and other engineering and staffing industry veterans will take you on a 5-day tour of Serverless, DevOps, Decentralization, and Remote Work Culture. Speakers will be announced soon.


The Knackathon ethos of mentorship drives our vision for the conference. Each team includes engineering pros working alongside high school and college students. Teams are judged based on their technical deliverables as well as their decidation to mentorship, diversity, and inclusion.

Beyond the Competition What Else Is Going On?


Live keynotes, multi-speaker talks and panels, and interactive Q&A.


Numerous workshops covering career-building topics.


Hands-on coding bootcamps for all ages and experience levels.


One-on-one meetings and networking events throughout the conference.

Hiring Expo

Meet and interview with top employers and staffing firms at the Hiring Expo.

After Party

After the conference ends, numerous age-restricted rooms will rock on!

Why Attend? Learn new skills and mentor young people

Our youth need seasoned engineers to help them prepare for the future. By attending, you can learn new skills while also sharing your experience through real-time collaboration. If you're looking for work, connect directly with top employers and staffing firms in the Hiring Expo.



We've worked hard to make sure the event isn't just about learning, coding, and competition. It's also about making friends, developing professional relationships, and discovering opportunities. As a tech staffing startup founded by engineers, we are eager to share practical tips and introduce you to people who can change your life. Whether you come to hack and mentor or just to learn and network, we're confident you'll have the time of your life!



Conference Schedule

Times and speakers will be posted when they become available.

The Serverless Framework

Learn about Serverless, the first framework developed for building applications on AWS Lambda, a serverless computing platform provided by AWS.


Craig Fisher (CEO) and Leroy Ware (CTO) of set the stage for Knackathon 2021, explaining the vision, culture, and goals of the conference.

Serverless GraphQL using Apollo

Learn how to create Serverless GraphQL APIs using Apollo Server Lambda, the AWS Lambda integration of Apollo's industry-standard GraphQL Server.

Serverless Local Development

Learn how to develop and test your Serverless apps offline using LocalStack, a mock environment that mimics many of the most popular AWS services.

Serverless NoSQL using Dynamoose

Learn about Dynamoose, a modeling tool for Amazon's DynamoDB. Dynamoose is heavily inspired by Mongoose, which means if you are coming from Mongoose the syntax will be very familar.

Serverless Background Tasks

Learn how to use the Serverless Framework to respond to S3, SQS, SNS, Cloudwatch, and other events and created scheduled events to automated background tasks.

Serverless Next.js

Learn how to use the Serverless Framework to deploy Next.js apps to AWS Lambda@Edge functions in every CloudFront edge location across the globe.

Serverless Components

Learn about the Serverless Framework's new infrastructure provisioning technology. Serverless Components are highly reusable Javascript libraries that deploy 20x faster than traditional cloud provisioning tools.

Auth0 + Next.js

Auth0 is a flexible, drop-in solution to add authentication and authorization services to your applications. Learn how to add Auth0 to a Serverless Next.js app.

Apollo Client with Next.js

Learn how to use Apollo client to execute queries and other GraphQL operations on your Serverless GraphQL API from within a Serverless Next.js app.

Yarn Workspaces & Monorepos

Learn about Yarn Workspaces with Serverless. When building large Serverless apps with multiple services, it's common to host them in a single monorepo. Yarn Workspaces can be used to easily manage dependencies within Serverless monorepos.

Lambda Layers in Serverless

Learn about Amazon's new Lambda Layers. A Lambda layer is an archive containing additional code, such as libraries, dependencies, or even custom runtimes. Layers speed up deployments and can reduce the code size of a Lambda function.

Team Formation Workshop

This interactive workshop is meant to help hackers understand judging criteria, define processes for team collaboration and project submission, and point out resources that might be helpful in jumpstarting projects.

Brainstorming Hack Ideas

Several breakout sessions will be running in parallel to help hackers identify a direction for their project and meet other people of like-minded interests. Hackers can surf from room to room and listen or participate in live brainstorming.

Hacking Begins

Let the games begin! Hackers retreat to their private Team rooms and begin hacking.

Hackathon Opening Ceremony

Opening keynote to mark the beginning of hacking. During this talk, The Knack Team will explain the Knackathon ethos of mentorship. Hackers will receive guidance on judging criteria and time constraints, and the event will kick off with a live music performance.

Github Workflows

Learn best practices and strategies for contributing code to Github repos. Topics discussed include forking, branching, pull requests, code review, merging techniques, and release management.

Serverless Computing on AWS

A demo of API Gateway, AWS Lambda, DynamoDB, SNS, SQS, CloudFront, and other serverless services on Amazon Web Services.

CI/CD on Github Actions

Learn how to build, test, and deploy your code right from GitHub using Github Actions.

CI/CD on Seed

Learn how to deploy, manage, and monitor Serverless applications on Seed. Seed is a fully managed CI/CD pipeline for Serverless apps on AWS.

Code Linting with ESLint

Learn codeless testing with GhostInspector. Ghost Inspector makes it simple to ensure your website is working properly — with no programming or testing experience required.

Code Formatting with Prettier

Learn how to enforce a consistent code style with Prettier. Prettier is an opinionated code formatter that parses your code and re-prints it using its own rules.

Codeless Testing on GhostInspector

Learn codeless testing with GhostInspector. Ghost Inspector makes it simple to ensure your website is working properly — with no programming or testing experience required.

CloudFront & Lambda@Edge

Learn about Lambda@Edge, a feature of Amazon CloudFront that lets you run code closer to users of your application, which improves performance and reduces latency.

Agile on Github Projects

Many tools in current use for managing Agile teams are inflexible and lead to team inefficiency. In this discussion, you'll learn a lightweight approach for doing Agile on Github Projects.

Slack & DevOps

Slack is a powerful tool in your DevOps arsenal. With the right channel setup, integrations, and bots, it can foster tighter team collaboration and serve as a radar that helps you keep projects running smoothly and alerts you when problems arise.

Monitoring with Sentry

Learn how to monitor Next.js and Serverless apps in Sentry. Sentry's application monitoring platform helps every developer diagnose, fix, and optimize the performance of their code.

Monitoring with Seed

Learn how to monitor your Serverless apps using Seed. Issues is a native, real-time Lambda monitoring and alerting service, that works out-of-the-box.

Overview of Smart Contracts

Introduction to the Ethereum Virtual Machine, Solidity, and how smart contracts work on the Ethereum network.

Bitcoin & The Birth of DeFi

A discussion about Bitcoin and how it has created such a ripple effect across the world, changing the way we think about money, finance, and hundreds of other topics.

Web 3.0: The Decentralized Web

A brief history of the World Wide Web and a deeper look at Solid, Tim Berners-Lee's new project for bringing decentralization to the Web.

Decentralized Apps

In this talk, we use the Blockstack platform to explore the new era of decentralized apps.

Decentralized Voting

In this talk, we look at Voatz and take a deep look at how decentralized voting could eventually replace mail-in voting and electronic voting using proprietary software applications.

DeFi in 2021

A broader, platform-agnostic look at decentralized finance -- what it means and how it will impact our future. Topics include decentralized exchanges, crypto lending, stablecoins, and financial smart contracts.

Decentralized Banking

A deep dive into how Stellar and Ripple are changing the way we think about banking, foreign exchange, and cross-border payments.

Decentralized Databases

An overview of decentralized identity and databases using 3Box and OrbitDB.

Wallets and Custody

Learn about crypto wallets and custody solutions that make is possible to safely store cryptocurrency assets.

Decentralized File Storage

A thorough look at Filecoin and its underlying file management protocol, Interplanetary File System (IPFS), for storing large files on a decentralized network.

Crypto Laws & Taxes

An overview of IRS, SEC, and other laws and regulations related to cryptocurrency.

How Crypto Exchanges Work

How you transform your business technolog consumer habits industry dynamics change Find out from those leading the charge How you

Cryptocurreny Investing 101

A brief discussion about how to get into cryptocurrency investing for those interested in doing so.

Tokenization: ICOs & STOs

A talk about how cryptocurrencies are created and how this new space has introduced entirely new ways of raising money.

Inbound Job Search

Learn how to use your resume as a lead generation tool, driving opportunities to your inbox every day that are tailored to your skills and interests.

AI in Recruiting

Learn about new AI-powered tools that are improving the way engineers, recruiters, and hiring managers discover each other and move through the recruitment process.

Interview Techniques

Learn important techniques that will give you more confidence and help you nail technical interviews.

The Tech Recruiting Process

This talk provides a high-level overview of the tech recruiting process that begins when a hiring manager sends a job request to a staffing firm or internal recruiting team. Understanding this process will help you navigate it when you change jobs in the future.

The Remote Engineering Lifestyle

This discussion explores what it takes to transition your career to the remote workstyle -- the benefits, the challenges, and the methods for attracting remote opportunities.

W2 vs Contracting: Which Is Better?

Overview of the ways that you can engage with employers and staffing firms, including 1099, C2C, W2, and contract-to-hire. Pros and cons of each explored.

The 10 Commandments of C2C Contracting

The Knack team has compiled a list of ten "commandments" that anyone interested in C2C consulting should keep top of mind while building their consultancy. In this talk, we discuss them.

Starting a Remote Consultancy

This talk explains the steps needed to start a remote software consultancy and start attracting lucrative C2C opportunties.

LinkedIn Workshop

A workshop to help you optimize your LinkedIn profile and start building a professional network.

Resume Workshop

A workshop to help you create a resume that will attract attention from recruiters and employer.

Interview Skills Workshop

A workshop to help you develop interviewing skills that will help you land your dream job.

Job Search Workshop

A workshop focused on helping you post your resume to the right job boards to create a stream of inbound job leads.

Lightning Pitches

Each team has five minutes to pitch their project on a virtual stage. Immediately after each pitch, judges will provide live feedback.

Meet The Judges

Before pitches begin, we meet the Knackathon judges who will evaluate pitches and award prizes. Expect some surprises!

Prize Ceremony

First, second, and third-place prizes will be awarded for Best Team, Best Mentor, Youth MVP, College MVP, and Pro MVP.


Networking break to give judges time to deliberate and choose Knackathon winners.

After Party

The conference is over, but the party rocks on! Numerous age-restricted rooms will remain open until midnight.

Hacker Yoga

A 30-minute yoga session lead by a hacker yogi to loosen you up after 5 hard days of hacking, learning, mentoring, and networking.

Event Pricing Grab Your Ticket

Five days of learning, hacking, mentoring, and networking.



Early Bird Pricing

$49 March Rate

General Admission


Early Bird Pricing

$199 March Rate



Exhibit in our virtual Hiring Expo, or just promote your brand and support mentorship.

What You Can Win Up to $50K in Prizes

Up to $50K in prizes, including STEAM and college scholarships, cash, crypto, MacBooks, Ledger Nano X hardware wallets and more! First, second, and third-place prizes will be awarded for Best Team, Best Mentor, Youth MVP, College MVP, and Pro MVP. Tons of runner-up prizes and other swag will also be distributed.

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Youth Scholarships

Young hackers can win laptops, scholarships to STEAM programs and summer camps at prestigious universities, and other prizes.


College Scholarships

College students can win cash and crypo, hardware, and scholarships that can be applied to tuition or to pay off student debt.


Crypto & Cash

Winning teams will be awarded cash and/or crypto, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Stellar Lumens, and other well-known digital currencies.



MacBook Pros and Airs will be awarded to all winners, and all winners who receive crypto prizes will also get a Ledger Nano X.


The Real Heros Our Sponsors

Sponsors will be announced soon.

Why Sponsor Knackathon 2021? Support mentorship and meet engineers

By sponsoring Knackathon 2021, you are helping mentor the next generation of engineers. If you exhibit in the Hiring Expo, you also gain access to hundreds of seasoned engineers and potential interns.