This April 11-12th, some of the nation's best and brightest hackers will converge at Princeton University to create an unforgettable hackathon.

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!

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  • 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.


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?