Learn. Build. Share.

This April 8th, join us and 500 students from across the nation for 24 hours of creation, innovation, and fun. All are welcome to join, from seasoned coding veterans to first-time hackers from any major or field. Discover your ability to create change by developing technology to solve real-world problems, get mentored by industry professionals, and enjoy tons of free food, swag, prizes, and much more!

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Prizes

$16,534 in prizes

HackPSU 1st Place

Each member of the 1st place team at HackPSU will win one 'Holy Stone HS110 FPV Drone with 720P HD Live Video Drone

HackPSU 2nd Place

Each member of the 2nd place team at HackPSU will win one Amazon Echo Dot

HackPSU 3rd Place

Each member of the 3rd place team at HackPSU will win one Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

EdTech | 1st Place Higher Education Challenge

Each member of the 1st place team for EdTech's Higher Education Challenge will win one $99 Amazon Gift Card.

The entire team will be invited Lunch/Dinner with EdTech leadership from PSU and well as provided a one-hour webinar to show off your solution to the PSU community!

EdTech | 2nd Place Higher Education Challenge

Each member of the 2nd place team for EdTech's Higher Education Challenge will win one $50 Amazon Gift Card.

EdTech | 3rd Place Higher Education Challenge

Each member of the 3rd place team for EdTech's Higher Education Challenge will win one $50 Amazon Gift Card.

Optum | Healthcare Challenge (2)

Each member of the winning team for Optum's Healthcare Challenge will win one Optum OGIO backpack and an assortment of exclusive OPTUM branded swag.

Capital One | Nessie API Challenge

Each member of the winning team for Capital One's Nessie API Challenge will win one $250 Amazon Gift Card.

Jetbrains | Best Java Hack

Each member of the winning team for the Jetbrains Best Java Hack will win a one year subscription to Jetbrains' IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate Java IDE.

Unity | Best VR Hack

Each member of the winning team for Unity's Best VR Hack will win a one year subscription to Unity PRO game development platform.

Wolfram | 1st Place Best Use of Wolfram Tech

1) One year of Wolfram Development Platform Developer Level. This level includes 10,000 monthly Cloud Credits, 5 GB Cloud Storage, 1000 Wolfram|Alpha API calls monthly, Instant Form development, and customizable URLS.

2) One year of Wolfram Mathematica Student Edition.

3) One year subscription to the Computational Knowledge Engine, Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

#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. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bgas

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Individuals must be over 18 years of age
  • Teams may consist of up to 5 participants            

Requirements

Build anything you desire, have fun and be creative. Submit it to devpost before the deadline and show off your great project during the expo.
You MUST submit your project to devpost and demo the project to be eligible and considered for prizes.

Judges

Scott Woods

Scott Woods
CEO, West Arete

Shivaram Punathambekar

Shivaram Punathambekar
CEO, Cleanweb Startup

Carlton Langley

Carlton Langley
Industry Professional, Penn State MBA Student

John Barczynski

John Barczynski
President, Penn State ACM

PJ Weaver

PJ Weaver
Director, THON Technology

Arun Kumar

Arun Kumar
Former President, Penn State ACM

David de Matheu

David de Matheu
Microsoft Intern Ambassador

Maxine Fox

Maxine Fox
Former President, Penn State AWC

Reem Ali

Reem Ali
Officer, Penn State AWC

Ally Tice

Ally Tice
Penn State AWC

Quyhn Trinh

Quyhn Trinh
Penn State AWC

Allison Thongkham

Allison Thongkham
Penn State AWC

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.