We invite everyone to have fun in their creations without any limitations!

HackHolyoke is an inclusive, 200-person hackathon that strives to unite young innovators from a variety of backgrounds. We believe that HackHolyoke is a 24-hour slice of what the world should look like as our generation uses technology to improve society and the economy: a diverse collection of motivated, curious, creative individuals, who are excited to collaborate on solutions to the problems found in various fields.

Held at Mount Holyoke College, the oldest women's college in the nation, HackHolyoke shairs the same spritit by being the first women's college to host a hackathon. HackHolyoke was the first to achieve and continues to achieve a one to one ratio of female to male hackers, emphasizing the important notion that all genders can succeed in engineering.

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Prizes

1st Prize (4)

Go Pro

2nd Prize (4)

Beats Headset

3rd Prize (4)

Google DayDream View

Best Non-tech Hack (4)

Echo Dot

Most Innovative (4)

Leap Motion

Best Hardware Hack (4)

Raspberry Pi

Best Newbie Hack (4)

3D Pen

Best Design (4)

Beebop Headphones

Hack the World (4)

Samsung Wireless Headphones

Best Hack on .tech Domain (4)

$200 in Amazon vouchers

Hack for Social Good (4)

Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speaker II

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device (4)

Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c + power source

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS (4)

$250 AWS Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com (4)

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Best Multimedia Hack (4)

Amazon Fire TVs and Game Controllers

How to enter

Submit your project by 11am!

Judges

Eva Paus

Eva Paus
Mount Holyoke College

Jordan Tirrell

Jordan Tirrell
Mount Holyoke College

Audrey St. John

Audrey St. John
Mount Holyoke College

Rick Feldman

Rick Feldman
Mount Holyoke College

Thomas Shelly

Thomas Shelly
Mount Holyoke College

Lisa Ballesteros

Lisa Ballesteros
Mount Holyoke College

Jon Western

Jon Western
Mount Holyoke College

Donna Van Handle

Donna Van Handle
Mount Holyoke College

Virginia Harrison

Virginia Harrison

Vincent Thomas

Vincent Thomas

Maceo

Maceo

Luka

Luka

Ryan Swift

Ryan Swift

Judging Criteria

  • Hardware Hack
    -Hardware should work as expected as long as it is not a hardware fault. -Implementation completely of 1 hardware versus three types of hardware all not implemented completely. -Hack should go beyond what its innate features allow it to do.
  • Software Hack
    -Must have functionality behind front end. -Use of API: hack goes beyond the limits of the API and demonstrates a full knowledge of the its implementation.
  • Final Presentation Guideline
    -Final Presentation should be motivational and intriguing. -Final Presentation should not run past the allotted time 3 Minutes + 2 Minutes for Questions
  • Best Website
    -Every team member should demonstrate they’ve spent ample time perfecting design. -Objective and accuracy of the content.
  • Most Innovative
    -Novelty and creativity of the product. -Comparison with competing products -What makes your solution/product better?
  • Team with Non-tech Hack
    -At least one team member is not from a technical background but studies a humanity. -It is evident that the team worked together to come up with an idea that was innovative, artistic and had had great functionality.
  • Best Newbie Hack
    -At least two members of the team with less than 1 semester of programming experience and it must be the first hackathons for at least half of the team. -Team identifies as a newbie team.
  • Most Beneficial to Society
    -Social impact of solution and whether it attempts to solve a real world problem. -Creativity and innovation -User experience
  • General Criteria
    -Use of API -Overcoming technical hurdles -Contribution of each team member to the hack.