HackKU is an annual 36-hour hackathon hosted by the University of Kansas, where students can have the opportunity to innovate new ideas, discover different paths, and push the boundaries of technology. Work with teams of up to four people to create unique solutions to real-world problems. Projects can range from web applications and video games to drones and fitness devices.
Students of any level
$6,820 in prizes
No Theme Track - 1st Place
Oculus Quest 2
Health Tech Track - 1st Place
No Theme Track - 2nd Place
Paper Shoot Camera
Health Tech Track - 2nd Place
Fitbit Charge 4
No-Theme Track - 3rd Place
Logitech Gaming Mouse
Health Tech Track - 3rd Place
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
Best Use of Blockchain
Hackers' Choice Award
Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones
Most Promising Startup
The best project(s) to provides the greatest opportunity to be transformed into a start-up.
1517 will give a $1000 cash grant to any project they deem worthy!
Best Domain Registered with Domain.com
Register a .tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack.
Best Use of Google Cloud
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 located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded backpack.
Best Hardware Hack (Sponsored by DigiKey)
Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with an embedded Arduino compatible board. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Your project should follow the theme if you're competing in the Health Tech track. This doesn't apply if you're competing for the general track.
Considering your prior knowledge, the judges should be impressed by what you accomplished. It shouldn’t feel as though the project was easy for you.
Your project should be reasonably usable, keeping in mind that you only had 36 hours to build it.
You should explain the project and how you developed it in a clear manner.
You should learn something new while working on your project.