This November 13-15th, some of the nation's best and brightest hackers will converge at Princeton University to create unforgettable software and hardware projects.

This November 13-15, HackPrinceton will bring together over 600 of the nation's most promising developers and designers to create incredible software and hardware projects. Meet fellow hackers, learn new technologies, and hone your skills alongside seasoned mentors. Whether you’re making your first mobile app or are ready to jump onboard the most developed hardware track in the country, join us for 36 glorious hours of learning.

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Prizes

1st Place Software

Amazon Echo + Dell tablets + interview for a spot in an Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator program (chance for $40,000 in seed funding) + JetBrains license for product of choice + one year of Squarespace

2nd Place Software

$250 + Jawbone MINI JAMBOX + interview for a spot in an Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator program (chance for $40,000 in seed funding) + one year of Squarespace

3rd Place Software

3-month subscription to Birchbox + interview for a spot in an Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator program (chance for $40,000 in seed funding) + one year of Squarespace

1st Place Hardware

Sphero BB-8 App-Enabled Droid from the upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens (up to 4)

2nd Place Hardware

Jawbone MINI JAMBOX (up to 4)

3rd Place Hardware

Quadcopters (up to 4)

Facebook's Favorite Hack

Trip for 4 to the Global Hackathon Finals in Menlo Park, CA in Fall of 2016

Best Domain

Domain.com swag bag, containing a SparkFun RedBoard. Sponsored by Major League Hacking.

Best Use of AWS

Best use of AWS gets a 1TB hard drive. Sponsored by Major League Hacking.

Best Microsoft Hack

Up to 4 Surface Pro 3s.

Best Privacy and Security Hacks - First Place

Private Internet Access would like to award three prizes for hacks that promote and improve the security and privacy of Internet users. Hacks will be judged on 3 criteria: uniqueness of the idea, ease of use, implementation.

1st Place: $2,000

Best Privacy and Security Hacks - Second Place

Private Internet Access would like to award three prizes for hacks that promote and improve the security and privacy of Internet users. Hacks will be judged on 3 criteria: uniqueness of the idea, ease of use, implementation. 2nd Place: $1,000

Best Privacy and Security Hacks - Third Place

Private Internet Access would like to award three prizes for hacks that promote and improve the security and privacy of Internet users. Hacks will be judged on 3 criteria: uniqueness of the idea, ease of use, implementation. 3rd Place: $500

Best Use of Linode Services

Winner gets a tablet. Sponsored by Linode, LLC.

Most Interesting Use of the Twitter API

Up to 4 64GB Apple TVs.

Best Bitcoin Hack

2 BTC, as well as in-person interviews for a summer internship position in NYC. Sponsored by Blockchain.

KPCB Fellows Challenge

Winners receive an interview for the next round of the KPCB Engineering Fellows Program Application cycle.

Best Use of Walmart APIs

Winning team gets $2000. Sponsored by WalmartLabs.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • 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. 

Requirements

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 Devpost by 9:00 AM on Sunday, November 15th, 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 code (GitHub, etc.).

Judges

Amir Malik

Amir Malik
CTO at PIA

Dimitri Lemmerman

Dimitri Lemmerman
Dev at Two Sigma

J. Maurice

J. Maurice
VP of Network Operations at PIA

Karim Atiyeh

Karim Atiyeh
CTO at Paribus

Pablo Pera Mira

Pablo Pera Mira
Director of Android Engineering at Hooks Technologies Inc. and Co-founder at Androidsx

Scott Hartley

Scott Hartley
Partner at Metamorphic Ventures

Shaun Springer

Shaun Springer
Founder & CEO at Astro, makers of TwistHome

Steven Greenberg

Steven Greenberg
Analyst at ff VC

William Martin

William Martin
Head of Product at Floored

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).
  • Design
    Does it feel like a quickly hacked-together project, or something that is well thought out? Is the user experience and interface smooth and well-designed?
  • 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?
  • 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?