HackUMBC gives you 24 hours to learn new skills, make friends, create your wildest idea, and share it with the world. Whether you wish to build a website, dabble with Photoshop, create a robotic arm, or develop a game, it's up to you to decide what to learn!

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$3,300 in prizes

1st Place Prize

Borlee Mini Desktop 3D printers for each member of the team for winning the first place prize

2nd Place Prize

Amazon Echos for each member of the team for winning the second place prize

3rd Place Prize

Pebble Times rewarded to each member of the team.

Social Justice/Change

Design a project that addresses a social justice issue

Most Innovative Game

SADES A60/OMG PC Computer Over Ear Stereo Headphones With Microphone Noise Isolating Volume Control LED Light

Clearedge's Best Data Driven Project

Raspberry Pi 3 Kits

Best use of the Lyft API

Exclusive Lyft Backpacks + Lyft Swag + $20 Lyft credits each

Best Hack Against Online Harassment

Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment.

Watch Dogs® 2 Best Device Privacy Hack

Everything is part of the internet of things now - from your phone to your fitness band to your thermostat. Build a hack that utilizes private data being collected from your devices, and show how you can turn potential vulnerabilities into something constructive.

Prize: Collector's Edition of Watch Dogs 2

Best Use of Amazon Website Services

1 TB Dell Hard Drives

Best Use of Domain.com (Punniest Domain Name)

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Booz Allen Hamilton Most Game Changing Hack

This prize goes out to the hack that is most game changing/ disrupts the industry. The winning team will get $250 Amazon gift cards.

STEER Most Innovative RC Car Hack

Fitbit 2's will be rewarded to the team that has the most innovative RC Car hack!

Northrop Grumman's Best Software Enabled Hardware Hack

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


John Park

John Park
Lecturer Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

TIm Oates

TIm Oates
Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Nilanjan Banerjee

Nilanjan Banerjee
Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack Technically interesting or difficult? Is it just a wrapper for an API, or were there real technical challenges to overcome?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Originality
    Is it a unique idea? Has it been done before? Does it do something novel, or at least take a new approach to an old problem?
  • Idea
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?

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