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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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.  


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Adele Li

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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?