HackPrinceton is back this spring! With over 600 students last spring, we're opening the show up to more talented hackers from all across the country. Whether it is your first time, or you're a seasoned veteran, we'd love to see you here!


  • All hacks must be built by registered and accepted HackPrinceton attendees.
  • Teams must consist of no more than five members.
  • Hackers must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and present enrollment identification (i.e. student id) to a HackPrinceton organizer when asked.
  • Due to university liability requirements, individuals must be over 18 years old. 


NOTE: Please make sure each team member is registered with a unique ChallengePost account and listed under the submission.

We welcome both hardware and software hacks! We're looking forward to what you produce, but please keep the following in mind.

Submissions should be reasonably complete to be considered for any prizes and reimbursements. They must be submitted to ChallengePost by 10 AM on Sunday, April 12th, 2015. No late submissions will be accepted, so please submit with time to spare! If you're stuck, there will be mentors around to help you out. Keep content appropriate and please try to be aware of what has been done before. The judges love to see original ideas at play, not rehashes of what has been around for years. The completeness of a hack will be at the organizer's discretion. Please include a video or photo of the working product, and link to the source on GitHub.

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,000 in prizes

Best Use of Machine Learning - Indico

Technology prize for best use of machine learning: $1,000 in indico API credit, computer-generated portraits for each winning team member, $500, and a Titan X GPU sponsored by Nvidia.

Best Domain Name Registration - Namecheap

$250 Namecheap Credit for Best Domain Name registered at the event

Best Digital Humanities Hack - Center for Digital Humanities

This prize is awarded to the team (or individual) who applies the most innovative computational methods to a traditional humanities source base (literary texts, images, library data, etc).

Best CS + History Hack

Awarded to the best project that merges elements of software and history. Prize is a signed copy of Stephen Kotkin’s magisterial biography of Joseph Stalin.

Best Use of Twitter API

Prize pack for each member of the team that has the most interesting use of the Twitter APIs or Fabric. One prize pack includes Vayper Gunnar Glasses, an Amazon Fire TV Stick, and a $50 Amazon gift card.

Best Use of Linode Services

Best Use of Linode Services: Each team member will receive a Raspberry Pi 2.

Best Use of Everyday Data - PrincetonPy / PICSciE

Cash prize of $500 awarded to the best use of Python that involves large/open datasets. The only requirements are that users primarily code Python; that they use public and open datasets; and that the end result facilitates the every day lives of the general public.

Best Use of Emotiv API

API Prize for best use of Emotiv API: One EPOC EPOC EEG headset

Best Use of MUSE API

API Prize for best use of MUSE API: One MUSE headset

Hardware 1st Place

Hardware 2nd Place

Hardware 3rd Place

Software 1st Place

Software 2nd Place

Software 3rd Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


HackPrinceton Judges

HackPrinceton Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    How original is the idea? Is it simply a repackaging of a previous project (i.e. Floppy Bird) or is it something that has never been done before? Projects can also blend two concepts together in a refreshing new way (i.e. chocolate-covered bacon).
  • Polish
    Does it feel like a quickly hacked-together project, or something that is well thought out? This can be apparent from the UI or the lack of bugs in the project.
  • Usefulness
    Can this hack be used in real life to better somebody's life? Is it enough to justify people wanting to use it?
  • Enjoyment
    Is the project zany, interesting or just plain amusing? Will it bring a smile to the face of those who see it, whether they are adults, teenagers or little kids?

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