Hackathon / Event Grant

The FOSS United - Event / Hackathon grants is an initiative to support Free and Open Source Software events among student and developer communities in India.

Grants of up to ₹50,000 for FOSS events


Who can apply?

Event, conference, hackathon organizers organizing FOSS programs or have a FOSS track in their hackathons can apply for the grant.

What has to be done?

  • Participants of your hackathon need to follow the FOSS track guidelines to be eligible for the prize money, if the grant is being used as prize money.
  • The application should be made using an official or educational mail id.
  • Post this event on the forum under the category Community Event.

Sponsorship amount

  • ₹10,000 for first time FOSS events.
  • ₹25,000 to ₹50,000 for long running events and hackathons that require all submitted projects to be FOSS (released on an open platform under a FOSS license. See the guidelines) and encourage the use of FOSS tools in building. The organizer should have a track record of hosting FOSS events.

On grant approval

  1. Once your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. To receive the cash grant, follow these steps.

  2. Post hackathon, you should add a post describing and documenting the event on our forum. Please include the list of winners along with links to the source code of their projects (sample).


These rules should be added to your FOSS hackathon event or the FOSS track in your hackathon event.


  • To receive the prize money, any Indian national who has a valid bank account.

What you can work on

  • A new FOSS app, tool, or library.
  • An alternative to any existing popular app or service.
  • Extending and improve an existing project or library.
  • Design projects: Redesign of an existing FOSS application.
  • Open hardware.

What you should (probably) not work on

  • An app or project that extensively uses proprietary service or API.
  • Yet another Keras model on available datasets.
  • A simple CRUD application.


  • License: Must have a valid Free and Open Source license.
  • Communication: A well written README and video demo are important. These will determine the first round of elimination. Before your code is reviewed, the quality of your README will be. Please be concise in explaining what your project does, how to install it, test it, and use it. Similarly, write concise and meaningful commit messages that show the progression of the project.
  • Completeness: Applications must be complete and working.
  • Design and aesthetics: If you are making a user interface, try and ensure that they are clean, modern, and usable.
  • Timeframe: The project must be reasonably built within the given timeframe. The judgement of the jury will be final in this.
  • Credits: If you are using existing code, make sure you credit it. Plagiarism, which is all too common unfortunately, is strictly not appreciated.
  • Demo Video: Participants must submit a video demo before the clock ends (uploaded on YouTube or any other platform that is accessible to us). Restricted to 3 mins.


You can ask on our Telegram group or post on our forum.

Grant history

Date Name Grant
2022-12-09 Latency ₹10,000
2022-12-17 HackForTomorrow ₹10,000
2022-12-02 Winterhack ₹10,000
2022-12-10 WE Ideathon ₹10,000
2022-11-25 Hacknovate 4.0 ₹10,000
2022-11-18 UHack 5.0 ₹10,000
2022-11-23 HACK BPIT ₹10,000
2022-12-01 TecHacks 3.0 ₹10,000
2022-12-03 DevCreate Hackathon 2.0 ₹10,000
2022-11-05 BarCamp Bangalore 2022 ₹1,00,000
2022-11-12 PyHacks 2022 ₹10,000
2022-11-05 DefineHack ₹10,000
2022-11-12 MiniDebConf Palakkad 2022 ₹25,000
2022-11-25 CentuRITon ₹10,000
2022-10-27 Make-a-ton 5 ₹10,000
2022-09-30 DevJams'22 ₹10,000
2022-09-02 MesoHacks ₹10,000
2022-07-01 Hack@Arch ₹10,000
2022-02-11 HackNITP ₹25,000
2022-01-20 OSDHack'22 ₹25,000
2022-02-26 Hack@SKCET ₹10,000
2022-05-13 Hack For Inclusion ₹10,000
2022-05-06 HackDefine ₹10,000

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