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Instant GraphQL APIs You Control

Build and deploy custom GraphQL APIs for your web or mobile application.

By registering to this hackathon you are giving permission to Hashnode to send you Hackathon details over email.


Aug 1 - Aug 15


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Rewards and prizes

Grand Winner

$1,000 USD

+ Hashnode T-shirt and mug

4 runner-ups each

$500 USD

+ Hashnode T-shirt and mug

About Grafbase

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Hackathon dates: August 1 - August 15

Grafbase is the easiest way to build and deploy your own GraphQL API to the edge with full end-to-end type safety.

Grafbase is excited to see how developers can build their own GraphQL APIs on top of existing data sources (+ databases) that can be extended with custom functions, known as GraphQL resolvers. Users who use the TypeScript SDK to configure their backend will also get bonus points.

Are you prepared to embrace the challenge and code at the Grafbase Hackathon?


We're thrilled that you're interested in participating in the #GrafbaseHackathon hosted by Hashnode, and we look forward to seeing what you build. Here are some resources to help get you started:

TypeScript Configuration Documentation

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Edge Gateway Documentation

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Grafbase CLI Documentation

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Grafbase Discord server

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App ideas for your hackathon project

Backend for Ionic Apps

Build a native mobile app with Ionic and fetch content from any data source using GraphQL.

Write a migration guide

Show how easy it is to migrate to Grafbase from an existing GraphQL backend solution.

Stitch and merge multiple APIs into one

Connect and extend multiple GraphQL or OpenAPI's into a single Grafbase API with custom resolvers, and caching.

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Enhance Shopify storefronts with a CMS

Extend the Shopify GraphQL API with Grafbase and embed additional content and images from a CMS like Contentful.

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Build a framework starter

We're always looking for new and creative ways to showcase Grafbase. What better way to inspire other builders than by creating a starter kit using a framework.

GraphQL API for your Database

Build your own GraphQL API for any database using Grafbase Edge Resolvers.

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How to participate


Sign up on Grafbase.


Build an open-source app using Grafbase. Looking for inspiration? Check out the app ideas below!


Launch your app by publishing an article on your Hashnode blog - no blog yet? Set it up here.


Include your Github repository and mention the domains of Grafbase and Hashnode in your project article.


Tag the article with #Grafbase and #GrafbaseHackathon hashtags! This is how we track who's in.


Share your article on social media and tag @hashnode and @Grafbase so we can spread the love!

Evaluation Criteria

Product thinking

Usefulness of the project in a real-world scenario.

Project completeness

How complete are the features implemented?


The overall look, layout, color usage, and positioning in the application.

Driving Impact

How does your solution differentiate from the competition?


Is your solution fully fleshed out or have you taken shortcuts to deliver it?

Completeness of the article

The blog should cover all aspects of your project. What inspired you to create this project? What problem does the project address? How did you build it?

Best delivery of presentation

📹️ is key to delivering a great presentation. Show us how you built your hackathon entry and how it aptly solves a problem.


The overall look, layout, color usage, and positioning in the application.

Hackathon best practices


If possible, share a demo video of your project.


If possible, share login demo credentials.


In your article, explain why and how you used Grafbase in your project.


Don't be afraid to write a lengthier article! It's better to cover all the aspects of your project rather than leave some features outside!

Have questions or concerns?

If you get stuck or have questions, please let our team know! We're available and ready to help. You can reach us by:

  • Asking a question on the Hashnode Discord server. Use the #Grafbase-Hackathon channel.
  • Join us on the Grafbase Discord on the #Hashnode-Hackathon channel.
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Testimonials from past winners

The Epic Hashnode Writeathon

It motivated me to look up ways to streamline the development process more effectively and break it down to easier steps for my readers to follow.

The entries that I've written for the writhathon have quickly become some of my most read articles. Excited to join another writhathon by Hashnode!

Estee Tey

Estee Tey

Netlify and ClerkDev Hackathon

When building my pet projects, I used to get bored and leave them in between. Hackathons on Hashnode create a competitive environment that hits me every moment to keep building it and take it to the finish line.

We also get constructive reviews on the hackathons' blogs on Hashnode that motivates us to make the product better. Other than that I bought a Fujifilm XT-3 camera from the prize money of my last win.

Estee Tey

Akhil Gautam

The Epic Hashnode Writeathon

Participating in 'The Epic Writeathon' was an Epic experience for me because I got to build, write, and read the amazing articles from other participants.

I encourage all newcomers to take part in future Hashnode hackathons.



The Epic Hashnode Writeathon

Participating in Hashnode hackathons is an awesome experience as I have been struggling with inconsistency and procrastination, but with the challenges.

I'm able to plan myself and get an idea to write on. With the cash prize I won, I'll use it to buy a screen

Sharon Jebitok

Sharon Jebitok
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Frequently asked questions

By participating in this hackathon, you agree to the rules laid out here. Please read them carefully before proceeding. All projects submitted in this hackathon should be open source with MIT or other standard open-source licenses.

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