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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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

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Scott Woods
CEO, West Arete

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Shivaram Punathambekar
CEO, Cleanweb Startup

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Carlton Langley
Industry Professional, Penn State MBA Student

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John Barczynski
President, Penn State ACM

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PJ Weaver
Director, THON Technology

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Arun Kumar
Former President, Penn State ACM

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David de Matheu
Microsoft Intern Ambassador

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Maxine Fox
Former President, Penn State AWC

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Reem Ali
Officer, Penn State AWC

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Ally Tice
Penn State AWC

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Quyhn Trinh
Penn State AWC

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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.