NVIDIA North America
DPU Hackathon

December 8, 9:00 a.m. PT to December 9, 1:00 p.m. PT Space is limited!

Reshape the Future of Data Centers and Clouds

Join the NVIDIA North America DPU (Data Processing Unit) Virtual Hackathon and be part of the next evolution in AI-driven data center and cloud. Take part in supercharging NVIDIA BlueField DPU capabilities for AI, networking, storage, and security by familiarizing yourself with the NVIDIA® DOCA software framework and building an innovative accelerated application. You’ll be part of the DPU innovation space, build your network, meet NVIDIA experts, and show what you can accomplish with DOCA.

NVIDIA DPU Hackathon

Why Should You Join the DPU Hackathon?

If you’re passionate about advancing cloud and data center computing, the innovation power is at your fingertips. Take advantage of the DPU Hackathon to build the hands-on skills needed to leverage next-generation cloud and data center innovation that will help you advance your infrastructure services.

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 software framework and how to use its SDK and tools to develop DPU-accelerated cloud applications.

DPU-accelerated cloud applications

DOCA Speeds Development and Accelerates 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

Erez Cohen

VP of Cloud Programs

Rob Davis

VP of Storage Technology

Yaël Shenhav

VP of Business Ethernet NIC and DPU


Along with the below prizes, the top three teams* will receive special recognition in an NVIDIA blog about the hackathon, and each winner will get three credits to the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute.




DPU-accelerated solution for ultra-low power CDN edge deployments




Datadigest B.V. Nikhef


BDPU-based, scalable, AI-accelerated intrusion detection and prevention system (IDS/IPS)

Tied for 3rd Place

Technical University of Darmstadt


Advanced remote access database structure in Database Management Systems (DBMS), powered by the BlueField DPU



DPU-based DDoS detection and mitigation system on top of DOCA

We had tremendous participation from talented software developers from diverse regions, including Russia, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic.

After reviewing more than 60 applications, we welcomed 14 teams from PlumSpace, Clever Cloud, GREYCORTEX Mendel, OVHcloud, Yandex, MTS, Nikhef, Observatoire De Paris, DataDigest, Brno University of Technology, Sapienza Roma University, University of Pisa, Queen Mary University, Technical University of Darmstadt, Durham University, and Technical University of Munich.


Along with the below prizes, the top three teams* will receive special recognition in an NVIDIA blog about the hackathon, and each winner will get three credits to the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute.

1st Place

$400 Amazon Card

(per participant)

One NVIDIA BlueField®-2 DPU card for the winning team

2nd Place

$300 Amazon Card

(per participant)

3rd Place

$200 Amazon Card

(per participant)

Get Ready with the Hackathon Bootcamp

To prepare for the hackathon, there will be an optional bootcamp on November 29 and 30, 2021 familiarize yourself with the DOCA SDK, as well as the hackathon’s online platform. More information to come.


  • What is DOCA?

    The NVIDIA DOCA development platform 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.

  • 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 can use their own set up or can request for a pre-configured DPU set up from NVIDIA.

  • How do I get access to the DPU?

    Your team will be contacted a few days before the event and 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 DPUHackathon@nvidia.com and we’ll try to match you with others to form a team. We encourage participants to start forming teams before registration.

    Have your team leader submit the form on this page. Then the team lead will receive a confirmation email with a registration link for the rest of the team. 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.

  • 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 will 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.

  • When does the hackathon event start and end?

    Registration closes November 13, 2021. Selected teams will be announced on November 17, 2021.

    The hackathon will begin on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. PT and will end on Thursday, December 9, 2021. at 1:00 p.m. PT.

For further inquiries you can send an email to DPUHackathon@nvidia.com.

Join the Hackathon

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