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.


Eligibility is specified in our rules.


Although we have a theme for the hackathon, you are not limited to building around that theme; however, this will cost against you in the judging process because one of the criteria relates to theme.

It should be noted that building with certain technologies will make your team eligible for special prizes.

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$9,060 in prizes

1st Place

(4) Oculus Go

2nd Place

(4) GoPro Drone

3rd Place

(4) Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Headphones

Top 5 Teams Prize (5)

(Upto 20) Wolfram Alpha Pro

Best Edtech Hack Prize

(4) Raspberry Pi 3 B+

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

(4) Google Home Minis for each team member

Casio Calculator Watch

(4) Best Use of Algolia API Prize

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

(4) 410C Dragonboard for each team member

Snap Kit Prize

Use Snap Kit's web or mobile SDK in your hack. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat or another awesome prize.

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

Surprise Raffle Prizes

These prizes will be announced and given to participants throughout the Hackathon!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Judging Criteria

  • Theme
    Does your project tie into the theme?
  • Technology
    Does your project utilize impressive technologies?
  • Completeness
    Does your project fulfill its task?
  • Presentation
    Was the project presented well to you?
  • Learning
    Did you and your team learn new things?
  • Novelty
    Is the project creative or novel?
  • User Experience
    Is your project easy and satisfying to use?
  • Visuals
    Does your project look good?

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