Kafka Summit Hackathon sponsored by Confluent

We've seen Apache Kafka® used on premises, but what about in the cloud? Confluent Cloud, fully managed Apache Kafka as a service, enables developers to make the most of Kafka without the operational burden of maintaining clusters.

This year's challenge theme is Cloud-Native DevOps for Apache Kafka. The goal of this challenge is to create an event streaming application with Confluent Cloud.

Kafka Hackathon Europe is a safe place for developers to learn, play, and showcase their projects on a global stage. This hackathon welcomes and encourages all developers and enthusiasts, no matter what level of understanding they have for Kafka technology. All participants will have 12 days to solve a Kafka-related challenge. This hackathon will be open to both individuals and representatives of organizations.

Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Address the challenge: Does the product address the challenge?
  2. Innovation: Does the product introduce a new approach or perspective using Kafka technical?
  3. Function as intended: Does the product function as intended?
  4. Feasibility: Could this team turn this app into a real startup or feasible product?

All the code you create during this hackathon is yours, and we will take no ownership of it. You are encouraged to do whatever you want with your project after this event.

We encourage participants to work in teams of five. If you are an individual looking to join a team before the event, please contact the Community Team at community@confluent.io.

Registration opens April 12th!


1st Place: Each team member will receive a $100 Amazon gift card, 100% off Certification Vouchers, and $100 free Confluent Cloud usage.
2nd Place: Each team member will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and $100 free Confluent Cloud usage.
3rd Place: Each team member will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and $100 free Confluent Cloud usage.


To participate, register using HackerEarth. After completing the form, participants will receive a welcome email based on their awareness of Apache Kafka:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Each email will contain resources to get the attendee started with their projects. The hackathon registration will begin on April 12, 2021, and will end on May 7, 2021.


Do I need to pay any money to register for the Hackathon?
No, you don't have to pay anything to join this hackathon-it's completely free.

Do I need to have any specific qualifications to be a participant in the Hackathon?
If you are interested in programming and learning about Apache Kafka technology, you should participate in this hackathon.

How do I submit what I have made for the Hackathon?
Please see HackerEarth’s project submission process.

Do we need to have the entire idea fully working?
The entire idea does not need to be fully implemented; however, the submission should be functional so that it can be reviewed by the judges.

Is there any specific technology I need to use to build my project?
Projects must use Apache Kafka technology. You can visit the developer resource site for additional details.