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Hackathon Sponsors


Best Overall

We're giving a prize for the most creative, impressive and innovative project.

Best User Experience

pMD is offering a prize to the team behind the product with the best user experience.

Best Previous Project

Want to build off an existing project? No problem! This prize honors those who want to take anything they've worked on to the next level.

To be eligible, please apply for the prize on the submission form.

Best First-Time Project

Calling all first time attendees! Linode wants to award the best first time hacker award for the most innovative projects.

To be eligible, >50% of your team should be attending their first hackathon. Please apply on the submission form.

Best Real World Application

Building something with potential for real-world impact? Palantir is sponsoring a prize for the best hack with the potential to change the world.

Best Hardware

MLH is giving out prizes for the best hardware project.

Best Data Analysis or Visualization

Love D3, Beaker, or interacting with complex data sets? Two Sigma is sponsoring a prize for the best use of data visualization.

Best Use of Public Cloud

Does your project utilize the cloud? Bracket is excited and awarding the best project using any kind of cloud hosting service (Amazon Web Server, Azure, Linode, DigitalOcean etc.) The sky is literally the limit with cloud!

Most Elegant Backend

Is your backend well-designed? Scalable? AppDynamics is sponsoring the best project that knows whatever happens behind the scenes is just as important as what we see.

Best Microsoft Project

The best project using Azure web services, Microsoft platforms (Office, etc), Kinect, or the Bing APIs gets a special prize from Microsoft.

Best Out-of-the-Box Financial Application

CapitalOne will be giving out a prize for best financial application with an out-of-the-box idea! Consider using CapitalOne's Nessie API (although it's not necessary to use the API to be eligible for this prize).

Best Mobile App

Andreessen Horowitz is awarding a prize for the best mobile app, across any platform.

Honorary Mention (3)

A little gift for all remaining finalists from us!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Melissa Withers

Melissa Withers
Managing Director, Betaspring

Peter Norvig

Peter Norvig
Director of Research, Google

Stephanie Castilla

Stephanie Castilla
Adjunct Faculty of Industrial Design, RISD

Jeff Huang

Jeff Huang
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Brown University

Peter Boyce II

Peter Boyce II
Founder, Rough Draft Ventures; VC, General Capital

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity, Execution, Impact
    Judges will walk around during the expo and pick their favorite projects. Judges come from a variety of backgrounds — engineering, design, business, social impact, and more. Each team will be judged by at least two judges.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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