For 36 hours on November 11th-13th, HackPrinceton will bring together 600 developers and designers from across the country to create incredible software and hardware projects.

At HackPrinceton, you’ll meet fellow hackers, learn new technologies, and hone your skills alongside seasoned mentors. We'll have free food, swag, workshops, mentorship, prizes, games, and more. Come with or without a team or an idea, and we'll inspire you to build something incredible.


  • All hacks must be built by accepted, confirmed, and checked-in HackPrinceton attendees. (This includes registered and checked-in Princeton students.)
  • Teams must consist of no more than four members.
  • Hackers must be a current student, or have left school within the past year, and present enrollment identification (i.e. student ID) to a HackPrinceton organizer if asked.
  • Due to university liability requirements, individuals must be at least 18 years old.


Submissions are due on Devpost by 9:00 AM on Sunday, November 13th. After you submit, you can edit your submission until the deadline, so you are encouraged to begin your submission early. We are not able to accommodate late submissions.

You must include videos, photos, or screenshots of the working product and a link to the source code (GitHub, etc.) of your project.

Hackathon Sponsors


Best Overall

Awarded to the best software or hardware project overall. Pebble Time Steel for each team member.

Best First-Time-Hackathon Hack

For the newbie team who best demonstrates new hackathon skills. To qualify, a strict majority of the team must be attending their first hackathon, and you should demonstrate how your first-time attendees contributed to the project. Amazon Fire for each team member.

Most Out-of-the-Box Hack

Combine technologies in unusual ways, dream up atypical solutions to problems, and don't be afraid to let your imagination run wild. 3D Printing Pen for each team member.

Best Design

A project that delivers a polished, well-thought-out user experience. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 w/ film pack for each team member.

Most Technically Challenging

Push the limits of technology with a unique, ambitious, and technically interesting project. HP monitors for each team member.

Best Use of Machine Learning

Show off a novel and interesting use of machine learning libraries or techniques. Echo Dot for each team member.

Best VR/AR Hack

For the project with the best use of virtual or augmented reality. Roku Streaming Stick for each team member.

Best Wearable Hack

Merge technology seamlessly with clothing and fashion for a hack that people can wear. FLORA GPS Starter Pack for each team member.

Best Internet of Things Hack

Use phyiscal sensors or devices to create a hack that connects hardware via the cloud. Anker bluetooth speaker for each team member.

Best Use of Data Visualization

Visualize, analyze, or represent data in an interesting and beautiful way. Skullcandy Hesh 2 Bluetooth Wireless Mic for each team member.

Best DIY Project

Create a hardware project from indiviudal components: wires, sensors, microcontrollers, solder, and breadboards encouraged. Circuit Scribe Maker Kit for each team member.

Biggest Failure to Launch

For the team with the most spectacular last-minute flop. Tiger onesies for each team member.

Audience Choice

The project that garners the most votes during the closing ceremony. Cheerwing Syma X5SW-V3 Drone for each team member.

Made My Day

For a whimsical project that makes the judges smile :) Pusheen plushies for each team member.

Best Hack by BNY Mellon

Best hack determined by BNY Mellon with a tie to the finance industry or BNY Mellon. Sponsored by BNY Mellon. Prize will be $2000 and an internship opportunity in our Technology Summer Analyst Program for each member of the winning team.

Facebook's Favorite Hack

The most impressive hack as decided by the Facebook mentors. Sponsored by Facebook. Trip for 4 to the 2017 Global Hackathon Finals at our Headquarters in Menlo Park + Facebook Hackathon tshirts.

Best Use of SeatGeek API

Sponsored by SeatGeek. $1000 worth of SeatGeek credit

Best Use of Wolfram Technologies

Sponsored by Wolfram. Each member of the winnings team will receive $100 gift card, 1 Raspberry Pi, 1 Year of Wolfram|Alpha Pro and 1 year of Wolfram Development Platform.

Best Use of Capital One's API - Nessie

Nessie is Capital One’s Hackathon API that gives you access to a multitude of real public-facing data - such as ATM and bank branch locations - along with mock customer account data. Use HTTP requests to set up peer-to-peer transactions, simulate a weekly paycheck, or even schedule bills for customers! This is all structured in a way that resembles how we actually run things here at Capital One. You have the power of the bank at your fingertips – how will you reimagine banking? Sponsored by Capital One. $250 Amazon Gift Cards for each member of the winning team.

Best Moonshot - Sponsored by Google

For the most ambitious project. Sponsored by Google. Google duffel bag filled with Google swag for each team member.

Best Use of Microsoft Technology

Incorporates at least one of the following products/services into the project:
Kinect, Microsoft API (including, but not limited to: Office 365, Cognitive Services, Bing), Microsoft Azure cloud (including, but not limited to: Machine learning, Virtual machines, Webhosting, Databases), Microsoft Band, Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app. Surface Pro 4 i7 and keyboard for each team member (up to 4).

#HackHarassment - Sponsored by MLH

Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment. Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Win a HackHarassment Swag Bag.

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

1 TB Hard Drives

Best Domain Name from Swag Bags

Best Princeton TigerApp - Sponsored by Princeton USG

Awarded to the best software project designed for Princeton students. Build a new TigerApp and we'll help you get it in the hands of students. Sponsored by USG Labs, the new USG program to help students build TigerApps. Apple Watch for each member! See for project ideas and more. At least one team member must be a Princeton student to be eligible.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Judging Panel

Judging Panel

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    How original is the idea? Is it simply a repackaging of a previous project or is it something that has never been done before? Projects can also blend two concepts together in a refreshing new way.
  • Design
    Is the project something that looks and feels polished? Is the user experience and interface smooth and well-designed?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Does the project take on technical challenges? What parts of the project did your team invent, and how did you build upon existing tools and technologies?
  • 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?
  • Usefulness
    Can this hack be used in real life to better somebody's life? Is it enough to justify people wanting to use it?

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