On November 12th, four-hundred students from across the region will come together for 24 hours of creation, innovation and fun. Anyone is welcome to join, from seasoned coding veterans to first-time hackers from any major or field. Discover how you can create change by developing technology to solve real world problems, get mentored by industry professionals, and enjoy tons of free food, free stuff, and awesome prizes!
- All projects must be built on site at HackPSU by registered participants
- Individuals over 18 years of age
- Teams can consist of up to 5 participants
Build anything you desired, have fun and be creative. Submit it to devpost and show off your great project during the demo.
You MUST submit your project to devpost and demo the project to be eligible and considered for prizes.
$29,300 in prizes
HackPSU - 1st Place Overall
Each member of the winning can submit an Amazon wishlist to HackPSU for up to $300, which will be sent to them. (Subject to restrictions) and also receive MLH First Place Medal
HackPSU - 2nd Place Overall
Each member of the winning can submit an Amazon wishlist to HackPSU for up to $200, which will be sent to them. (Subject to restrictions) and also receives MLH Second Place Medal
HackPSU - 3rd Place Overall
Each member of the winning can submit an Amazon wishlist to HackPSU for up to $100, which will be sent to them. (Subject to restrictions) and also receive MLH Third Place Medal
Create a hack using as few modern tools as possible. Extra points the smaller you hack is in size (i.e. 1024 KB hack)
Prize For Each Team Member: New NES game system for each member
MLH - #HackHarassment
Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment. Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment.
Prize For Each Team Member: Hack Harassment Swag Bag
MLH - Best Use of AWS
Use any component of AWS in part of your hack. The more creative and extensive the use, the more points you get!
Prize for Each Team Member: 1 TB Hard Drives
Create a technology-based solution to challenges you have faced as a student of higher education. (i.e. poor communication, roadblock to learning, etc)
Be prepared to describe your challenge, as well as your proposed solution.
Prizes For Each Team Member:
1. Tickets to the 2017 EdTech Summit
2. A one-hour webinar featuring the winning team and their innovative idea as part of the COIL Conversation series
3. A hosted lunch with select EdTech leaders at Penn State
Build a technical solution/proof of concept that not only helps its users to stay informed and fit for now and their future, but also contributes to medical research and big data analytics. What if one technical solution could improve both an individual and an entire population at the same time?
Prizes For Each Team Member:
1. Portable Speaker
2. Fast Track Recruitment into Internship or Full-Time Position
3. Optum SWAG
Using AccuWeather’s weather data through their API, come up with a way of how this information can improve people’s lives.
Note: Participants will have demo access to AccuWeather’s API to leverage foundational weather data for this Hack.
Prize: $500 Amazon Gift Card
IBM - Watson Challenge
Utilize IBM's Watson Services to develop an innovative solution to improve the student experience at Penn State.
National Instrument - LabVIEW Challenge
Use LabVIEW as part of your project, and be entered to win the National Instrument challenge! Winning entries will use LabVIEW more extensively, creatively, and effectively! Feel free to utilize existing libraries and examples! Originality is a MUST!
Prize For Each Team member: LabVIEW Physical Computing Kit for Raspberry Pi 2
MLH - Domain.com - Best Domain Name
Create the most creative, catchy or funny domain name using domain.com for your hack. Best if relatable to your hack!
Prize For Each Team Member: Domain.com Swag Bags
Thought For Food Challenge
How do we feed 9 billion people by 2050? Thought For Food is a non-profit startup accelerator based around this idea. Do you have an idea that could change the future of agriculture?
Prize For All Team Member:
1st Place: Flight, Registration, and Room & Board for up to 3 people on the winning team, to attend the TFF Global Summit, to be held in Europe in May or June
2nd Place: Registration, and Room & Board for up to 3 people on the winning team, to attend the TFF Global Summit, to be held in Europe in May or June
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Founder of New Leaf Initiative and co.space
Doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University
President of Penn State ACM
President of Penn State Association of Women in Computing
Interim director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship minor in the School of Engineering Design
Assistant Professor of Information Science & Technology
Founder of Musical Mind
Invent Penn State
Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
The harder the hack is to create, the more impressed we’ll be. We want to see the technologies used to bring hacks to life. Bonus points for using new, advanced technologies, or even technologies hackers created during the hackathon.
For the most part, one of the hardest parts in creating a hack is considering its aesthitics. We want to give credit to those hacks that are beautifully designed, bug-free, and easy to use.
Our goal at HackPSU is to inspire hackers to be innovative with their hacks. Any hacks that approach problems in a new way will be given special consideration.
Sometimes, hacks tend to be more than just cool projects as they tend to be capable of disruption in some field or space. We’ll be looking out for hacks that are specifically useful to certain groups of people or entire fields.