About the challenge

The GitLab Innovation Pitch Competition aims to accelerate innovation. Through ideation, building proofs-of-concept, and pitching their result, participants may make their dreams a reality and put ideas into the hands of thousands of GitLab users with GitLab’s support.

It’s worth noting it is more than a competition. It's a celebration of the collaborative, value-driven culture that GitLab embodies—a culture that nurtures personal and professional growth and advocates for inclusion. It is GitLab's mission to make it so that everyone can contribute.

GitLab has the option to provide winning projects with additional support or benefits beyond the prize money at its discretion. Winning projects may be considered for additional support of up to US$100,000 in value. Should any extra support be given, it will be managed under a separate agreement, independent of the competition's official rules.


What to Build

For your hackathon entry, build your innovative pitch into a proof of concept on GitLab. Make a 2.5 minute video demoing your project and include a text description about the problem it solves.

Present proof of concept demos that expand the global CI/CD catalog with CI/CD component additions, conduct AI experiments with/on GitLab, contribute to the development of GitLab, create a social impact for the Wider GitLab Community or enhance the overall quality of GitLab. Check out the Resources page and Judging criteria for more guidance. 

Submission Requirements

Submissions to the Hackathon must meet the following requirements:

1) A demo video of your project

  • Should not be more than 150 seconds / 2.5 minutes
  • Should include footage that shows the Project functioning
  • Must be uploaded to and made publicly visible on YouTube (preferred), Vimeo, Facebook Video, or Youku, and a link to the video must be provided on the submission form on the Hackathon Website

2) A working proof of concept for the project in a publicly visible repository on GitLab.com

  • Provide a URL to your open-source code repository, licensed under the MIT license 

3) A text description explaining the features and functionality of your project as they relate to the judging criteria.

4) The completed submission form on Devpost before the deadline.

Please check the Official Rules for full details.

Hackathon Sponsors


$30,000 in prizes

1st place

$10,000 USD
Virtual Meeting with the GitLab team

2nd place

$7,500 USD
Virtual Meeting with the GitLab team

3th place

$5,000 USD
Virtual Meeting with the GitLab team

4th place

$3,000 USD
Virtual Meeting with the GitLab team

5th place

$2,000 USD
Virtual Meeting with the GitLab team

6th place

$1,500 USD
Virtual Meeting with the GitLab team

7th place

$1,000 USD
Virtual Meeting with the GitLab team

Community Choice (3)

One Tier 3 GitLab-branded Swag package per teammate

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Ashley Kramer

Ashley Kramer
CMO, GitLab

Christian Couder

Christian Couder
Staff Backend Engineer Gitaly:Git, GitLab

Emilio Salvador

Emilio Salvador
VP, Developer Relations, GitLab

Abubakar Siddiq Ango

Abubakar Siddiq Ango
Developer Evangelism Program Manager, GitLab

Dov Herschkovitch

Dov Herschkovitch
Senior Product Manager, Pipeline Authoring - Verify, GitLab

Christina Lohr

Christina Lohr
Senior Product Manager, Data Stores - Tenant Scale, GitLab

Lee Tickett

Lee Tickett
Staff Fullstack Engineer, GitLab

Dave Steer

Dave Steer
VP, Brand & Product Marketing, GitLab

Jocelyn Eillis

Jocelyn Eillis
Product Manager, GitLab

Lis Vinueza

Lis Vinueza
Analytics Engineer, GitLab

Sheela Viswanathan

Sheela Viswanathan
Senior Manager, Sales Systems, GitLab

Judging Criteria

  • Does it solve a real problem for GitLab users?
    Does the project clearly articulate the problem it aims to address for GitLab users? Effective solutions are not solely technical but can also drive social impact. Explain why this problem is significant and how your solution effectively resolves it.
  • Innovativeness
    Does the project highlight the unique features of your solution and how it differs from existing solutions? Show the creativity and originality in your approach.
  • Overall Quality
    Did you demonstrate excellence in the execution of your idea, including design, user experience, and technical implementation?
  • Scalability
    Can your solution grow in terms of customer base, revenue, and operations without a significant drop in performance or quality?
  • Total Addressable Market (TAM)
    What is the potential impact opportunity if your solution was to capture the entire market segment it's targeting?
  • Feasibility
    How practical is your solution in terms of available resources, technology, and time? Consider any potential barriers to success.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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