What's hacking like without a little bit of madness?

PennApps XIX is scheduled for February 2-3rd, 2019 at the Penn Engineering Campus in Philadelphia. The eighteenth iteration of the nation's first college hackathon is upping the hackathon to new extremes, with the world's top and most promising hackers coming together to tackle real world problems using the latest in hardware and software.

Teams will start working on their hacks (at 1 PM) on Saturday and continue working till Sunday afternoon (1 PM). All submissions MUST be made here on Devpost. Videos are optional.

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Prizes

$21,190 in prizes

PennApps XIX Grand Prize

Each winning team member will be awarded a pair of AirPods + Tile Combo Pack + Anker PowerCore Lite Battery Pack + a year-long subscription to their choice of Amazon Prime, Hulu/Spotify, HBO, or Netflix + Lutron Plugin Dimmer Kit.

PennApps XIX Second Place Prize

Each winning team member will be awarded an Wacom Intuos S Pen Tablet + Tile Combo Pack + Anker PowerCore Lite Battery Pack + Year-long subscription to their choice of Amazon Prime, Hulu/Spotify, HBO, or Netflix.

PennApps XIX Third Place Prize

Each winning team member will be awarded a Lutron Plug-in Dimmer Kit + Anker PowerCore Lite Battery Pack+ Year-long subscription to their choice of Amazon Prime, Hulu/Spotify, HBO, or Netflix.

Hacker's Choice Award

Each winning team member will be awarded a Fujifilm Instax Polaroid

Top 5 Hack (5)

Each member of the first place team will receive a Google Home. Each member of the remaining teams in the top 5 will receive a Google Home Mini.

PennApps Route | Best Health Hack

Each winning team member will receive a fitness tracker.

PennApps Route | Best Fintech Hack

Each winning team member will receive a Tile 4-pack.

PennApps Route | Best AI/ML Hack

Each winning team member will receive an Amazon Echo Dot.

Lutron | Best IoT hack

Winning team members will receive a Lutron Caseta Wireless Starter Kit.

Capital One | Best Financial Hack

Winning team members will each receive a $300 Amazon gift card.

Best Hardware Hack

Each winning team member will be awarded a pair of urBeats Headphones.

Best Blockchain Hack

Each winning team member will be awarded an Alienware Mechanical Keyboard

Best domain registered with Domain.com

Each winning team member will be awarded a Raspberry Pi and a Pi Hut Essential Kits

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Each winning team member will be awarded a Google Home Mini

Best IoT Hack using a Qualcomm Device

Each winning team member will be awarded a 410C Dragonboard

Best use of SnapKit

Each winning team member will be awarded a pair of Snapchat Spectacles

Best Entertainment Hack

Each winning team member will be awarded a Pennyboard.

Best Humor Hack

Hacks that give us the funnies. Each winning team member will be awarded a George Foreman grill.

Best UI/UX Hack

Given to the hack displaying the best user interface and offering an optimal user experience. Winning team members will receive a Bamboo Stylus

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Make your project, submit your hack to Devpost and attend the PennApps expo to show off what you built. You must demo at the expo and submit on Devpost in order to be eligible for prizes. Furthermore, you must submit on Devpost to be eligible for travel reimbursements.  

Judges

Adele Li

Adele Li

Claire Donovan

Claire Donovan

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount? This is the most important criterion that your hack will be judged upon for the general prizes.
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?