Penn State's Premiere Hackathon! Come Learn, Build & Share.

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!

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Eligibility

  • 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            

Requirements

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.

Judges

Christian Baum

Christian Baum
Founder of New Leaf Initiative and co.space

Jessica Menold

Jessica Menold
Doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University

Arun Kumar

Arun Kumar
President of Penn State ACM

Avery Verhade

Avery Verhade
President of Penn State Association of Women in Computing

Bob Beaury

Bob Beaury
Interim director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship minor in the School of Engineering Design

Gerry Santoro

Gerry Santoro
Assistant Professor of Information Science & Technology

Alex Patin

Alex Patin
Founder of Musical Mind

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Margarita Zobnina
Invent Penn State

Peter Whalen

Peter Whalen
Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    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.
  • Design
    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.
  • Creativity
    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.
  • Impact
    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.