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First Place

Best hack overall. Selected based on presentations at closing ceremonies.

$100 Each

Second Place

Best hack overall. Selected based on presentations at closing ceremonies.

Chose between an Eco Dot or Philips Hue White and Color for each team member.

Third Place

Third best hack overall. Selected based on presentations at closing ceremonies.

Echo Dot or Philips Hue White and Color for each team member (whichever is not chosen by second place team)

Top Seven (7)

The overall top seven teams. Each team will be given the opportunity to demonstrate during the closing ceremonies to compete for the top three places.

Best use of MicroStrategy (Usher or Embedded Analytics or Both)


Swag Bag (value of $250) - $100 Amazon gift card $25 Chipotle gift card Bluetooth speakers Headphones Travel mug Power bank Notebook T-shirt Sweatshirt

J.B. Hunt best use of Data Analytics (in transportation)

Hack must incorporate data analytics; preferably in transportation

Swag Bag with branded items & developer tech (Elegoo EL-KIT-003 UNO Project Super Starter Kit). The winner of the branded prize will also get a second-round interview.

Capital One Best Financial Hack


$250 Amazon Gift Cards

WillowTree Best Mobile Hack (iOS, Android, or Mobile Web)

$50 Amazon Gift Cards

WillowTree Best Emerging Tech Hack (IoT, Blockchain, Machine Learning, VR/AR, etc...)

$50 Amazon Gift Cards

Wolfram Award (3)


Awarded to the 20 best hacks using Wolfram|One

A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

Best use of Microsoft Cognitive Services API

Infuse your apps, websites and bots with intelligent algorithms to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret your user needs through natural methods of communication. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/cognitive-services/

Raspberry Pi 2 Kit and a copy of our CEO, Satya Nadella’s book Hit Refresh

Best Developer App

Best hack that is primarially aimed to make the development process easier.

Redragon K552 KUMARA LED Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Black) for each team member.

Best Cybersecurity Hack

Best cybersecurity themed hack

FIDO U2F Security Key, Thetis Universal Two Factor Authentication USB for each team member.

Best Hardware Hack

Best hack that utilizes hardware for core functionality.

CanaKit Raspberry Pi Zero W (Wireless) with Official Case and Power Supply for each team member.

The First Penguin

"First Penguin to jump into the water." Original hack that's different from everything else we've seen at hackathons.

Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook, Executive Size for each team member.

Best Domain Name Registered With Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

DragonBoard 410C & Power Source

Best Use of Amazon Web Services

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Best Networking App (2)

Mini-Router for each team member

Best Presentation

Mini Disco-Light for each team member

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Judging Criteria

  • Practicality
    How useful can this be in real world applications?
  • Design
    How efficient is this project?
  • Creativity
    How unique is this project?
  • Presentation
    Was this project presented well? Do you have full understanding of its purpose?
  • Technical Difficulty
    How difficult was this to make?

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