HackPrinceton Fall 2018

Twice a year, HackPrinceton welcomes 600 developers and designers from across the country to create incredible software and hardware projects. For 36 hours this fall, from November 9th to 11th, we will provide a warm and collaborative environment for you to build out brilliant, innovative, and impactful ideas.

At HackPrinceton, you'll meet fellow hackers, learn new technologies, and work alongside seasoned mentors. We'll have free food, swag, workshops, lecture series, mentorship, prizes, game, free food, and more. Don't have a team, or even an idea? Don't worry! We'll give you the tools to build something incredible.

Whether you’re new to coding/design/hardware or a seasoned hacker, you have a place at HackPrinceton. All we expect is a passion for learning, a willingness to collaborate with people of different backgrounds, and a desire to benefit the world with technology. 

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Any current or recently graduated undergraduate or graduate student is eligible to participate! No more than four people may submit a project as a team.


Camila Achutti

Camila Achutti
CTO at Ponte21

Aarti Borkar

Aarti Borkar
Vice President of PM at IBM

Sowmiya Chocka Narayanan

Sowmiya Chocka Narayanan
Co-founder and CTO at Lily

Daniel Marcus

Daniel Marcus
CEO and founder at Seatswap

Chase Nicoll

Chase Nicoll
Engineering Manager at Carmera

Judging Criteria

  • Best Overall
    Judged by all expo judges, the best overall project will be selected for project difficulty, impact, and novelty. Prize will be XBox 1S 1 TB Fortnite bundles
  • Audience Choice
    Winners for this category will be selected at the closing ceremony by public voting. The prize will be Samsung 27" curved monitors.
  • Best Hardware
    This category prize will go to the best hardware hack. The prize for this track will be Google Home Hubs.
  • Best Design
    This track will select for the project that demonstrated the most skillful use of design. The prize for this track is HUION Wireless Drawing Tablets
  • Best Education Technology
    This category is for the project with the most potential impact in education. The prize will be Wireless Polaroid Picture Printers.
  • Best Machine Learning Hack
    This category will judge projects based on their use of machine learning. The prize will be Roku Ultras.
  • Most Likely to Become a Startup
    This category prize will go to a project that judges think have a viable chance of becoming a startup. The prize will be Portable Projectors.
  • Most Sustainable
    This category will select projects based on their ability to promote sustainability and environmentally friendly measures. The prize will be JBL Flip 3s.
  • Best VR/AR Hack
    This category will award projects that demonstrate the best use of virtual or augmented reality. The prize will be laptop stands with build-in phone stands.
  • Best First Hack
    This project will be awarded to the best hack from teams where a majority of team-mates are attending a hackathon for the first time (at least 2 in a group of 4 or 3). The prize will be foldable bluetooth keyboards.
  • Made My Day
    The project with the greatest potential to generate an effective comedic effect will be awarded a BLUETOOTH BANANA PHONE!