DevOps has evolved over the past few years from being just an alternative approach to getting mainstream. Enterprises, startups, and individuals all love using DevOps practices to simplify their existing workflows and reach peak efficiency. 

This hackathon invites you to showcase the power of DevOps to the world, and make the world a better place while doing it. This challenge is your chance to exhibit your work in the DevOps ecosystem that is positively impacting our world. You can go a step ahead and create new and innovative solutions to improve our lives, too.

Either way, we are an open community, and everyone is welcome to participate. Have a great idea but can’t execute it by yourself? find someone to team up with. Conversely, if you want to join folks in building something cool, we’ll help you out. 

We’re 100% invested in our community, and in building solutions that push us all to do (and be) better. That’s why this hackathon has some fantastic prizes in store for the winners. But that’s not all; everyone participating will stand a chance to win some slick Chef swag! 

Enter the race now!


What to Build
Build a system of automation that improves the lives of anyone in the DevOps world using at least one of the pieces of Chef’s software suite (Chef Infra, Chef InSpec, Chef Habitat, and Chef Automate)

What to Submit

  • Tell us how you used DevOps practices, any of Chef’s software, and any other tools to build your solution
  • Explain on a high-level how your solution works and what makes it meet the goal of “Automate for Good”
  • Provide the GitHub link to your functioning demo by making your code public or by sharing access with and (which should include a readme with details for deployment and operation).
  • Include a video (about 3 minutes) that demonstrates your submission. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube and made public with the hashtags #ChefHackathon and #AutomateForGood.

Hackathon Sponsors


$60,600 in prizes

1st prize

• $15,000 USD

2nd prize

• $10,000 USD

3rd prize

• $5,000 USD

Best implementation (2)

• iPad Pro

Most promising idea (4)

• PS5

Submitter Swag Pack (1,000)

• Exclusive swag for every team that sends in an eligible submission

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Stephanie Laingen

Stephanie Laingen
DevOps Consultant/Software Engineer, Tap Here! Technologies

Dan Webb

Dan Webb
Senior Developer Advocate, Chef

Tim Smith

Tim Smith
Product Owner, Chef

Matt Wrock

Matt Wrock
Principal Software Engineer, Chef

benny Vasquez

benny Vasquez
Mgr DevRel and Community, Chef

Sudharshan Kaushik Kannan

Sudharshan Kaushik Kannan
Product Manager, Chef

Sundar Subramanian

Sundar Subramanian
SVP, General Manager, Chef

Jordi Molina

Jordi Molina
CTO, Teradisk

Judging Criteria

  • DevOps principles
    Does the solution abide or further the best practices in the DevOps philosophy?
  • Implementation and Use of Chef Software
    How well or innovatively were the Chef products used to build the solution?
  • Business or use-case viability
    Does the solution solve a real world problem (business or otherwise). Does it do it effectively and efficiently?
  • Quality of the Idea
    Is the idea thought-through and withstand the stress of time and scale? Is it scalable?

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