The First NVIDIA DPU Hackathon

May 24, 9:00 a.m. CET to May 25, 3:00 p.m. CET

Space is limited!

Join the Event to Reshape the Future of Data Centers and Clouds

In the European DPU online hackathon, you can be part of the next AI-driven data center and cloud revolution! Get hands-on NVIDIA® DOCA SDK experience and take part in supercharging NVIDIA data processing unit (DPU) capabilities for AI, networking, security, and storage.

Work with other DPU pioneers, in a 30-hour hackathon to develop the future software-defined, hardware accelerated data center infrastructure on a chip.

You’ll build your innovative accelerated application, meet NVIDIA experts and mentors, and show what you can accomplish with NVIDIA DOCA, our new data center on a chip architecture.

NVIDIA DPU Hackathon

Why Should You Join the DPU Hackathon?

If you’re innovation-driven and passionate about advancing cloud and data center computing, then this is the event for you. Advance your infrastructure services (and your career) by building the hands-on skills needed to leverage the next generation of cloud and data center systems.

Who Should Attend?

The DPU Hackathon Is Open to All

If you love technology, we want you here, whether you’re a seasoned researcher or a novice developer, an independent software vendor (ISV) partner or a cloud service provider. Be prepared to learn, brainstorm, and build amazing real-world DPU skills. Throughout the event, we’ll provide the support and tools you need to learn the foundations of the DOCA SDK and how to use its tools to develop DPU-accelerated cloud applications.

DPU-accelerated cloud applications

The DOCA SDK framework helps offload, accelerate and isolate workloads in these key areas.

Network Virtualization and Management

Network Virtualization and Management

Software-Defined Storage

Software-Defined Storage

Security Software

Security Software

Data Center Infrastructure and Virtual Network Functions

Data Center Infrastructure and Virtual Network Functions

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

Telemetry, Automation, and Network Visibility

Telemetry, Automation, and Network Visibility

Hackathon Judges

Michael Kagan

NVIDIA Chief Technology Officer

Amit Krig

SVP of Software R&D

Dror Goldenberg

SVP of Software Architecture

Nimrod Gindi

SVP of Investments

Yaël Shenhav

VP of Business Ethernet NIC and DPU

Erez Cohen

Mellanox VP CloudX Program , NVIDIA


Along with the below prizes, the top three teams* will receive special recognition in an NVIDIA blog about the hackathon.

1st Place

$300 Amazon Card

(per participant)

2nd Place

$200 Amazon Card

(per participant)

3rd Place

$100 Amazon Card

(per participant)

Get Ready with the Hackathon Bootcamp

To prepare for the hackathon, there will be an optional bootcamp on May 19 to familiarize yourself with the new DOCA SDK, as well as the hackathon’s online platform. More information and agenda here.


  • What meeting platform will be used?

    The hackathon will be hosted on Zoom.

  • What kind of server setup is available to the teams?

    Each team will receive a private setup with two servers hosting preconfigured NVIDIA BlueField®-2 DPUs connected back-to-back over a 100GbE link, with full management access to all setup components.

  • How do I get access to the DPU?

    Your team will be contacted a few days before the event and will be provided with connection details and credentials to access your team’s dedicated setup. You will be able to use Secure Shell (SSH) to directly connect your laptop to the DPU Operating System and its hosting X86 server. In addition, you’ll have access to the server’s Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) for power cycle and additional management operations.

  • What do I need?

    Bring your team (up to five people per team), your ideas for AI or network-based applications that can use the DPU and its hardware acceleration, and your best hacking abilities!

  • How do I register or join a team?

    Register a team of up to five people. If you don't have a team, please reach out to and we’ll try to match you with others to form a team. We encourage participants to start forming teams before the registration.

  • Is my idea a good fit?

    The competition is open to any solution that runs on and/or leverages the hardware acceleration of the BlueField DPU.

  • How do the judges determine the winners?

    The judges will evaluate both the level of innovation and vision in using the DPU and the execution of the idea.

  • Do all team members need to be from the same country or organization?

    Teams can be formed by people from different countries and organizations.

  • What is DOCA?

    The new NVIDIA DOCA SDK enables developers to create network, storage, security, management, and AI and high-performance computing (HPC) applications and services for NVIDIA BlueField DPUs, much like how NVIDIA CUDA® enables developers to build GPU-accelerated applications.


    DOCA provides a highly flexible environment for developing containerized applications and services that run on NVIDIA BlueField DPUs and provides developers a comprehensive, open platform for building software-defined, hardware-accelerated networking, storage, security, and management applications running on the BlueField family of DPUs. Pre-release information about DOCA and access to BlueField DPU documentation can be found on the DOCA early access page.

  • How do I register for the hackathon?

    You register by submitting the form on this page. After your team has registered, you may still modify your application by resubmitting the form and indicating that you’re amending your previous registration. Submissions will be evaluated by an admissions committee who decides which ideas enter the hackathon.

  • When does the hackathon event start and end?


    Registration closes May 2, 2021. Selected teams will be announced on May 4, 2021.


    The hackathon will begin on Monday, May 24 2021 at 9:00 a.m. CET, and will end on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. CET.


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Join the Hackathon

See what you can create with DOCA, grow your network, and be part of the DPU innovation.