This three day virtual hackathon aims to bring together developers, designers and entrepreneurs to solve challenges using Jina, an easier way to do neural search in the cloud.
Join us to test your creativity, network with like minds, and collaborate on real-world solutions incorporating state-of-the-art AI and deep learning technology from Jina.
Sign up and compete to win $11,500 in prizes.
Unleash your curiosity and happy searching!











Build creative neural search solutions and apps that could solve real world problems or create better user experiences.

To help you with the hackathon, here are some topics that are possible with Jina. Take inspiration and build your own AI solutions using our platform.


  1. Use Jina to find memes or gifs by typing in description (image search with text)
  2. Find a music clip by recording your own voice and searching yourself singing (audio search with audio)
  3. Find similar paintings (snap a selfie posed as an artwork and see if you match!)
  4. Product recommendation engine


Jina is an easier way to build neural search on the cloud It provides a one-stop solution for multi-/cross-modality search. Jina has long-term support from a full-time, venture-backed team.

Time Saver

Bootstrapping an AI-powered search system with Jina takes just minutes, and saves engineers months of time!

First-class AI models

Jina is a new design pattern for neural search systems, offering first-class support for state-of-the-art AI models.

Universal Search

Large-scale indexing and querying data of any kind on multiple platforms. Video, image, long/short text, music, source code, you name it!

Production Ready

Cloud-native features come out-of-the-box, e.g. containerization, microservice, distributing, scaling, sharding, async IO, REST, gRPC.







* All times below are in CEST (Central European Summer Time)


September 10

Pre-Jina X Hackathon Webinar

5PM –  6PM

Pre-Jina X Hackathon webinar via Zoom – Broadcast on YouTube Livestream
Speaker: Alex C-G (Open Source Evangelist)
Webinar Link

September 18


10AM – 11AM : Opening ceremony – Broadcast on Youtube Livestream
10AM – 11:30 AM : Team formation
11AM : Coding begins
2PM – 3PM : Breakout sessions – Broadcast on Youtube Livestream
3PM – 5PM : Optional mentor office hours
5PM – 6PM : Happy hours/Mentor Office Hours

September 19


9AM – 10AM : Optional mentor office hours
2PM – 3PM : Breakout session
3PM – 5PM : Optional mentor office hours
8PM – 9PM : Pitch workshop

September 20


10 AM – 11 AM : Pitch practice session
12 PM :  Submission deadline
1 PM – 3 PM : Round 1 judge deliberation
5 PM – 7 PM : Final round pitches – Broadcast on Youtube Livestream
8 PM – 8:30 PM : Closing ceremony & awards – Broadcast on Youtube Livestream


Each submission will be scored in each round based on the following criteria with a minimum score of 1 and a maximum score of 5 points, with the final score being the average of the judges’ scores:

Execution (5 points)

How well was the project executed and explained?

Originality (5 points)

How original, creative, or unique is the idea?

Scalability(5 points)

How scalable is the solution? Will it make an impact?


Dr. Ibrahim Haddad

Executive Director, LF AI Foundation

Dr. Nan Wang

Co-Founder & CTO of Jina

Joan Fontanals Martinez

AI Engineer of Jina

Lucia Loher

Product Manager of Jina

Bin Wu

Former Elastic Architect


Teams of up to five participants are allowed. All team members must have agreed to the participation agreement to compete.

Participants of this hackathon must be 18 years or older or have reached the age of majority in the relevant jurisdiction.

You may not begin your project until the competition officially begins. Please do not build on top of previous projects.

All participants must begin coding at the same time. We may enforce one project submission per team.

Winning teams will be subject to a code-review following the event or immediately before winning.


Who can participate?

We welcome developers, entrepreneurs, and designers from all over the world. Participants of this hackathon must be 18 years or older, or have reached the age of majority in the relevant jurisdiction.

How are Teams Formed?

After signing up you will receive a link to the Jina X Hackathon Slack channel where you can chat with other participants and ask questions. Teams of up to five are allowed.

How do I submit my project?

Register your project at and ensure your submission includes:

  • A project name and description
  • Official Open Data reused – URLs
  • Evidence repository – URL
  • Video URL – maximum 3 mins
  • Demo URL (optional but recommended)

Submit by noon (Central European time), Sunday Sept 20th, 2020.

How do I get help?

Post your questions in the #hackathon_help channel in the Jina X Hackathon Slack channel and the organizers will get back to you.

What is the Fresh Code Rule?

All code developed as part of the Jina X Hackathon must be fresh. Before the start of the Jina X Hackathon, developers can create wireframes, designs and user flows. Teams can also use pre-trained models, or gather datasets prior to the event. But to keep things fair, all code must be written at the Jina X Hackathon. Other than that, almost anything goes and you can use any coding languages or open-source libraries.