Design Smash 2023

48-Hour Design Hackathon

Win Cash Prizes worth total Rs. 30k, Branded Goodies, Internship Opportunity and much more!

Design Meets Designers

48 HRS | 20th - 22nd Jan 2023
Design Smash is a design hackathon organized by Penthara Technologies. We aim to challenge design students from all over India to showcase their skills and make innovative design solutions within 48 hrs.
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Event timeline

Registration Begins
Dec 1, 2022, Thursday
Registration Closes
Jan 19, 2023, Thursday
Kick-Off Event
Jan 19, 2023, Thursday
design smash Hackathon begins
Jan 20th, 2023, Friday, 5PM IST
design smash Hackathon ends
Jan 22nd, 2023, Sunday, 5PM IST
top 10 Nominee announcement
Jan 24th, 2023, Tuesday
Closing Event and Winner Announcement
Jan 25th, 2023, Wednesday

challenge categories

Design Smash has two challenge categories:

  1. User Interface (UI) Design
  2. Graphic Design

The participants will be required to choose one of the challenge categories when participating in the contest.

Graphic Design
UI Design
Social Media

tag us and get featured

You can share all the fun you are having behind-the-scenes while attempting the hackathon through social media and tag us using the hashtag #PentharaDesignSmash. We will share participant posts on our social media handles!

Note: Please do not post pictures of your design solution on social media during hackathon hours. Such participants will be disqualified.



1st Winner

₹ 15,000

Cash prize + Certificate


2nd Winner

₹ 10,000

Cash prize + Certificate


3rd Winner

₹ 5,000

Cash prize + Certificate


Award certificates for Top 3 Winners
Showcase Ideas
Top 5 finalists get to present ideas to live audience
Get Featured
Top 5 Entries will be featured on our Platforms
Internship Offer
Select participants will be offered an internship


We have additional prizes total worth Rs. 15k sponsored by our education partner, DesignBoat, for our top 3 winners. We will be announcing them in a surprise reveal during the Design Smash conference on 25th January 2023, where the winners will be announced.

design smash panelists

See the amazing panel of design leaders speaking at our Conference. Top 5 participants will
get a chance to present your ideas to our panel and receive feedback from them.

Design Smash

Showcase your creativity and win big!

UI Design | Graphic Design | 48hrs Hackathon
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Education PARTNER

We are proud to announce DesignBoat as our an education partner for Design Smash.

DesignBoat UI/UX school provides international standard courses for UI/UX Design conducted by highly experienced industry experts to turn a novice into a professional.

Contest Rules

Read the rules and regulations the participants are requires to follow during the course of the hackathon.

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Contest Rules


Eligibility Criteria

  • All students participating in this hackthon must be students in the final year of their undergraduate design degree.
  • The students will be required to show proof of their student status while registration.


  • To register, click on the “Register now” button above and fill out the registration form with appropriate details.
  • Registration begins from 1st December 2022 and ends on 19th January 2023.
  • All participating students must register themselves using the form before 19th January 2023, 11:59 PM IST.
  • Design Smash is a free to participate event. There is no registration fee for participants.
  • You will be assigned a participant ID once the registration is confirmed.


  • Design Smash is a 48-hour virtual creative design hackathon from January 20th 2022, 5 PM IST to January 22nd 2023, 5 PM IST.
  • The challenge is divided into two categories – User Interface (UI) Design and Graphic Design.
  • The participants will be asked to choose their preferred category while registering. Based on their choice, participants will be provided the design brief for the event.
  • Participants can’t change their preferred category once registered.
  • Participants can only choose one of the two categories, not both.
  • Participants are free to choose any digital design tool and resource of their choice.
  • Participants are expected to attend the kick-off event, feedback session event and the final Design Smash Conference event remotely.
  • The entries will be judged by a panel of our in-house design team along industry expert who will be revealed on the final day of the event.


  • Each participant is expected to submit the below mentioned details at the end of the challenge in order to qualify for the final prize. Make sure you don’t miss any important information
    • Name and contact details of the student
    • The participant code assigned to student. The code can be found in the participant code list shared with the participants via email and WhatsApp.
    • URL to the Google Drive folder containing the following:
      1. The design file for the participant’s solution (Figma, XD, Illustrator, Affinity, etc)
      2. The presentation showcasing the participant’s design process
      3. A video (3 min max) explaining how the solution works
    • While sharing the google drive folder link, make sure to select “Anyone with the link” in General Access.
  • Any entries found without any of the above-mentioned deliverables will not be considered.
  • Link to the submission form will be shared on the final day of the design challenge, which is 22nd January 2023.
  • All submissions must be done before the 48-hour deadline which is January 22nd 2023, 5 PM IST.
  • The respective participants will retain all the rights to their work and will be given credit for their work. By participating, you will be giving your consent to Penthara Technologies Inc for using parts/whole of the project for promotional purposes.

Prizes and Awards

  • There are multiple prizes and awards to be won by participants of Design Smash 2022 as listed below:
    • First Prize – Rs. 15,000* Cash Prize + Certificate + Branded Goodies
    • Second Prize – Rs. 10,000* Cash Prize + Certificate + Branded Goodies
    • Third Prize – Rs. 5,000* Cash Prize + Certificate + Branded Goodies
  • Our team will reach out to the winners to collect the required details for processing the cash prize amount payment. The winning amount will be transferred directly to the bank account of the winning participants.
  • Physical certificates and branded goodies will be shipped to top 10 nominee’s address as provided by them.
  • Rest all participants will receive digital participating certificates.

About Penthara technologies

Penthara Technologies is a technology services company headquartered in Mohali, Punjab on a mission to create exceptional value & solve challenging problems using innovative technology solutions. We deliver solutions primarily on Azure and Microsoft 365 platform with custom integration to clients all over the globe. Check out what it’s like to be a part of our team - Careers - Penthara Technologies.

Technical Support

  • All registered participants will be added to our WhatsApp group. It will be used as the primary channel of communication throughout the design challenge duration.
  • You can check the WhatsApp group once registrations close. We will post updates, clarifications and answers to FAQs here.
  • You can also mail your queries at
  • There won’t be an extension of the deadline. We suggest you arrange for good network setup while participating for the contest. Give yourself enough time before the deadline for uploading your files. The organizing team won’t be able to help you if you run into connectivity issues.