HackKU is an annual 36-hour hackathon at the University of Kansas, where students can have the opportunity to innovate new ideas, discover different paths, and push the boundaries of technology.

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$6,004 in prizes

Nintendo Switch Lite (4)

Best Learning Track Prize

Raspberry SC15184 Pi 4 Model B 2019 Quad Core 64 Bit (4)

Runner-Up Learning Track Prize

Amazon Echo Show 8 + Amazon Fire Stick (4)

Best Smart City Track Prize

Amazon Alexa 3rd Generation (4)

Runner-Up Smart City Track Prize

Sony WH-XB900N Wireless Noise Canceling Extra Bass Headphones (4)

Best Financial Track Prize

Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker (4)

Runner-Up Financial Track Prize

Most Promising Startup

The best project(s) to provides the greatest opportunity to be transformed into a start-up.

$1000 can be given to any group(s) 1517 deems worthy!

Digital Ocean Credits (3)

3rd Prize Any Track

Google Home Mini (4)

Best use of Google Cloud Prize: Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini.

Domain.com Backpacks (4)

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com: Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend!

UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack + Intern Opportunity at UiPath (4)

Best UiPath Automation Hack: Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with high recommendation!

Tile Sticker Smart Tracker + Chance to be featured in Radar's Blog (4)

Most Creative Radar.io Hack

Accuweather Swag Bag (4)

Best use of Accuweather API

Apple Watch Nike Series 5 (4)

Best Use of Xpring Tools Prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Judging Criteria

  • Theme
    Your project should follow within the theme of the Hackathon.
  • Technology
    Your use of computing and technology should impress our judges.
  • Completeness
    Your project is in a stable, usable state.
  • Presentation
    Your team should be able to explain your project to our judges.
  • Learning
    Your team should learn something new during hacking.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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