Hackathon Grant

FOSS United - Hackathon Grant is an initiative to promote Free and Open Source Software building among students and developer communities in India.

Grants of up to ₹50,000 for hackathons


What is Hackathon grant?

FOSS United - Hackathon grant is an initiative to promote Free and Open Source Software building among students and developer communities in India. We are supporting hackathons by giving grants upto ₹50,000.

Who can apply?

Hackathon organizers who are interested in having FOSS as one of their tracks and looking for grant.

I'm interested to apply, what else I need to know.

You need to add a FOSS track in your hackathon. Participants needs to follow the FOSS track rule to be eligible for the prize money.

Sponsorship Amount

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

Post Sponsorship Confirmation:

  1. For the next step, go through this thread on our forum.

  2. All hackathons must add a review post on FOSS United forum sharing the link of winners of the FOSS projects along with their source code (sample).


(to add in the FOSS track)


  • 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.

Do you have any question for us?

Please post your question on our forum.

Previous FOSS Hackathons

Find out previous FOSS hackathon

FOSS Hack 2020

FOSS Hack 2020 was an online hackathon, organized by FOSS United 12th & 13th Sept. 2020 – ₹10L in cash prize

FOSS Hack 2021

FOSS Hack 2021 was an online hackathon, organized by FOSS United 13th & 14th Nov 2021 – ₹10L in cash prize


OSDHack 2022 is a nationwide 48 hours long open hackathon being organised by the Open Source Developers Community of JIIT, Noida - Rs. 1L in cash prize.


Hack@SKCET is a 48-hour hackathon organized by Hack Club SKCET (Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore) on 26th February 2022.

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