Zany apps win hackathons, but not this one. The real value of Generative AI is in solving real-world problems — with applications that boost productivity, efficiency, revenue, business value.

If you’re excited about building full-stack AI applications that could have a business-wide and industry-wide impact, this is the hackathon for you. Join 1,000 participants for a week-long online hackathon where the most practical and impactful application wins… finally.

Learn new skills and jumpstart your actual work projects with mentorship, access to enterprise-grade tools, and $100k in credits and prizes from Pinecone our sponsors: AWS, OpenAI, Hugging Face, LangChain, Cohere, Netlify, Zapier, Convex, Vercel, Clerk and more!


Make sure to register your idea to qualify for credits!


The goal for this hackathon is to build user-ready applications using Pinecone together with one or more of our partner company offerings. Here are the success criteria for a winning application:

  1. Pinecone should be a mission-critical component of the application.

  2. The application is ready to be used by users with no technical background, following common usage patterns (logging in, etc).

  3. The application tackles a real-world problem, in any industry you’d like. 

  4. The application should use one or more of the partner tools (OpenAI, Hugging Face, LangChain, Vercel, Cohere, AWS, Zapier, Convex, etc).

  5. While it doesn’t have to be production-ready, it should offer a glimpse into its practicality and usability, leaving users excited about its potential.

  6. Make sure to register your project to qualify for our partner's credits

Hackathon Sponsors


$101,680 in prizes

First place

$5000 in Pinecone credits
$3000 in AWS credits
$1500 in Convex credits
$1000 in Cohere credits
$1000 in Vercel credits
6 months of Zapier Professional Plan
%50 off Clerk (Business) for 1 year
Featured in Pinecone Summit (presentation opportunity)

Second place

$3000 in Pinecone credits
$1500 in AWS credits
$1000 in Convex credits
%50 off Clerk (Business) for 1 year
6 months of Zapier Standard plan
$500 in Cohere credits
$400 in Vercel credits
Mention in the Pinecone Summit

Third place

$500 in Pinecone credits
%50 off Clerk (Business) for 1 year
$500 in AWS credits
$500 in Convex credits
$200 in Cohere credits
$100 in Vercel credits
3 months of Zapier Starter
Mentioned in the Pinecone Summit

Participation award (1,000)

The first 1,000 qualifying registrants will receive $45 in AWS credits and $25 in OpenAI credits. Qualifying teams will receive credits Hugging Face (amount depends on number of teams). Other surprise awards will be announced during the event!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Tim Tully

Tim Tully
Partner at Menlo Ventures

Stefania Druga
LLM Applications Researcher at Microsoft Research

Lance Martin

Lance Martin

Jonathan Cipriano

Jonathan Cipriano
Partner Engineering Lead at Netlify

James Briggs

James Briggs
Manager of Developer Advocacy at Pinecone

Roie Schwaber-Cohen

Roie Schwaber-Cohen
Staff Developer Advocate at Pinecone

Judging Criteria

  • Uses Pinecone in a substantial way
    Judges will assess the importance of Pinecone in the project. The more integral Pinecone is to your solution, the higher your score. (up to 10 points)
  • Solves a Real-World Problem
    The solution should address a tangible, real-world issue. The greater the potential impact, the higher the score. (up to 20 points)
  • Uses Pinecone in an innovative way
    How creative is your application of Pinecone? Innovative use will score higher. (up to 10 points)
  • User Experience
    The application should be easy to use and intuitive. The smoother the user experience, the higher the score. (up to 20 points)
  • Uses one or more of the partner tools
    Each partner tool used effectively in your project will score you additional points. (5 points each)
  • Technical Execution
    The application should be technically sound and functionally reliable. Robust, efficient, and effective solutions will score higher. (up to 20 points)

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