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


& Mentors


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.

8:00 - 9:00 PM CST

Brainstorming Hack Ideas

Hackers begin brainstorming hack ideas, learning about available resources, and jumpstarting projects.

7:00 - 8:00 PM CST

Team Formation Workshop

During this workshop, hackers form teams and receive guidance on judging criteria, time constraints, project submission, etc.

9:00 - 12:00 AM CST


Hangout with your team and other hackers on Discord.

10:00 - 11:00 AM CST  

What is Serverless?

@ Gareth McCumskey, Solution Architect at Serverless Inc.

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

Leroy Ware 9:00 - 10:00 AM CST  

Opening Ceremony

@ Leroy Ware and Adam Kila

During this talk, Adam Kila of Asterisk and Leroy Ware of will explain the Knackathon ethos of mentorship and the format of the hackathon.

12:00 - 1:00 PM CST


Numerous networking rooms will be open for attendees to mingle and hang out.

11:00 - 12:00 PM CST  

Building Universal React Apps on Expo

@ James Ide, CTO of Expo

Learn how React Native and Expo have changed the way we build mobile and even web applications, and hear the amazing founding story of Expo.

Leroy Ware 2:00 - 3:00 PM CST  

Knackathon Bootcamp Overview

Meet the instructors and learn about the different bootcamps and workshops that will be offered each evening after the conference.

1:00 - 2:00 PM CST  

STEM Education @ iD Tech

@ Nancy Paiva, Director Custom Programs & Sales at iD Tech

Learn how iD Tech’s Virtual Tech Camps and Summer Programs can prepare your kids for the future.

4:00 - 5:00 PM CST  

Codeless Testing on GhostInspector

@ Justin Klemm, CEO of GhostInspector

Learn codeless testing with GhostInspector. Ghost Inspector makes it simple to ensure your website is working properly.

3:00 - 4:00 PM CST  

Serverless DevOps on Seed

@ Frank Wang, CTO of Seed

Learn how to deploy and monitor your Serverless apps using Seed.

10:00 - 11:00 PM CST  

The NEAR Protocol

@ Sherif Abushadi, Education at NEAR

Learn about the NEAR Protocol, a next-generation, developer-friendly blockchain platform that makes it extremely easy to get into smart contract development.

9:00 - 10:00 PM CST  

Bitcoin & The Birth of DeFi

@ Leroy Ware, CTO of

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.

12:00 - 1:00 PM CST


Numerous networking rooms will be open for attendees to mingle and hang out

12:00 - 12:00 PM CST  

Crypto Loans & The SALT Lending Platform

@ Nicole Smith, Trevor Chapin, and Emily Vogt of SALT Lending

Crypto lending is a new alternative to college loans and loans of all kinds. The SALT Lending team will take you on a deep dive of the new crypto lending space.

3:00 - 4:00 PM CST  

Voting on the Blockchain

@ Philip Andreae, Senior Advisor at Voatz

The first-ever presidential vote was cast on the blockchain in the 2020 election. Learn how Voatz is changing the way elections work.

Eva Beylin 1:00 - 2:00 PM CST  

The Graph

@ Eva Beylin, Director at The Graph Foundation

The Graph is Web 3.0 project that indexes blockchain data and exposes it via GraphQL, making it easier than ever to build decentralized applications.

3:00 - 4:00 PM CST  

Crypto Investing Panel Discussion

@ Leroy Ware, Nick Black, Darya Rafizadeh & Dwight Schrute

Leroy is joined by several moderators from the Crypto & Coffee Discord community for an open discussion about crypto investing in the 2021 market.

3:00 - 4:00 PM CST  

Drone Racing & The Drone Cadet Program

@ Grace Cantwell and Marty Wetheral

Learn how to fly and program drones, and how to get involved with Drone Racing from the Drone Cadets team.

10:00 - 11:00 AM CST  

The Top 6 PBL Learning Strategies for Students

@ Keith J. McNally

The Top 6 PBL Learning Strategies for Students: Risk Taking, Collaboration, Inquiry, Challenging Self, Self-Reflection and Teaching Others

Leroy Ware 9:00 - 10:00 AM CST  

Remote Work & Inbound Job Search

@ Leroy Ware, CTO of

The remote lifestyle was already a trend before COVID, but the pandemic changed everything. Learn how to prepare for this new world of “remote everything”.

12:00 - 1:00 PM CST


Numerous networking rooms will be open for attendees to mingle and hang out

11:00 - 12:00 PM CST  

Lambda School

@ Jocelyn Robancho, Partnerships at Lambda School

Learn more about Lambda School and their programs.

2:00 - 3:00 PM CST  

Applying Pre-Pandemic Experiences to Digitalization

@ Scotty Shaw, EUvsVirus Chief Technology Officer

Scotty Shaw created hackathons for all major schools in the South Central US and led the European Commission’s EUvsVirus for 30,000+ people.

1:00 - 2:00 PM CST  

Digital Teams at Deloitte

@ Roy Justus, ServiceNow Chief Architect at Deloitte

Learn how Deloitte has evolved to embrace the new era of remote work by transitioning to “digital teams”.

4:00 - 5:00 PM CST  

Learn More about Celanese!

@ Taylor Franco, University and Diversity Recruiting at Celanese

Celanese is a Fortune 500 global chemical innovation company that engineers and manufactures chemicals used in products essential to everyday living.

3:00 - 4:00 PM CST  

Women in Tech Panel

@ Kelly Revenaugh & Tabitha Hsia

Learn what it takes to succeed as a woman in tech — including how to acquire practical engineering skills and land work with the company of your dreams.

2:00 - 3:00 PM CST  

Final Presentations

Teams will present their final projects to the judges.

10:30 AM CST

Hacking Ends

Hackers have until this time to complete their projects and prepare their presentations for the judges.

3:00 - 4:00 PM CST

Awards and Closing Ceremony

Winners and prizes will be announced.

Event Pricing Grab Your Ticket

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



High School & College Students

Full Event Access

General Admission


Limited-Time Offer

250 Tickets Available



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

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.