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.

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$6,820 in prizes

No Theme Track - 1st Place

Oculus Quest 2

Health Tech Track - 1st Place

Nintendo Switch

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

Allbirds

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) (2)

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!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Students of any level

Judges

Brian Ruf

Brian Ruf

Drew Davidson

Drew Davidson

Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore

Erik Perrins

Erik Perrins

Evan Nichols

Evan Nichols

Dominic Pitts

Dominic Pitts

Fengjun Li

Fengjun Li

Heechul Yun

Heechul Yun

Kevin Ray

Kevin Ray

Judging Criteria

  • Theme
    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.
  • Technology
    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.
  • Completeness
    Your project should be reasonably usable, keeping in mind that you only had 36 hours to build it.
  • Presentation
    You should explain the project and how you developed it in a clear manner.
  • Learning
    You should learn something new while working on your project.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

Tell your friends

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.