HackCMU 2021 is scheduled for October 1-2 with all activities in-person (Rashid auditorium)! Note that this event is open to CMU students only! If your attendance has not been confirmed through the HackCMU site, your submission will not be judged. Try to submit as soon as possible (submissions can be modified up until the deadline) to avoid any last minute difficulties. Schedule details are listed on the HackCMU site. Happy hacking!

Tech talks and tutorials TBA!


Make sure to create a video demo that's at most 90 seconds!

Suggested video outline:
15 - 20 sec -- Discuss the problem and how your project solves it
35 - 60 sec -- Explain how you made the project and how it works. (Get into the technical details!)
10 - 15 sec -- Demo/Walk through of how a user would use your project
5- 10 sec (optional) -- future extensions/applications of your project

Additional Tips for video submission:
- Make sure to clearly explain both your idea and what you actually implemented during the hackathon
- Making a slideshow and talking over it is a good approach. You can make a zoom meeting and just record the meeting while sharing screen!
- Be as direct as possible-- don't be vague and fluffy to make your project "seem" more cool.
- Talk about what APIs, tools, frameworks, language, backend, etc you used
- Explain how your project works. It's ok if you didn't get it fully working! Feel free to talk about how you could improve upon the project in the future
- Add a demo of your project working if you can!


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$2,100 in prizes

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Aptiv: Best Hack for a Greener World

At Aptiv, we envision a world with zero emissions. Making the future of mobility greener is at the heart of our mission.

For our challenge, create anything that can help contribute to a greener world!

Prize: $200 Amazon giftcard for the team

Bloomberg: Sustainability Hack

At Bloomberg, sustainability is part of our core values and we are continuously pioneering sustainability measures, such as our standardization of ESG (Environmental, Social, & Governance) data and commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2025. Think about what products or services would be useful in the sustainability space.


Facebook: Building the Metaverse Responsibly

The “metaverse” is a set of virtual spaces where you can create and explore with other people who aren’t in the same physical space as you. You’ll be able to hang out with friends, work, play, learn, shop, create and more. How can we make the time that we spend online more meaningful in a safe, inclusive, private, and productive way?

Prize: SnackMagic Box of Treats Delivery

Hudson River Trading: Best Use of Data Hack

Effective use of data is important to the decisions we make at Hudson River Trading, and we’re always looking for innovative new ways to strategize with data. This prize will be awarded to the hack that best integrates the use of data into their project.

Prize: HRT VIP Swag & $150 Amazon Gift Cards

Sandia National Laboratories: Safe and Health Lifestyle Hack / Ongoing Flexibility During Pandemic

At Sandia, we solve real-world problems. This pandemic is just one example of the many challenges in which we are called upon to respond to as a service to our country. Think about the adjustments our society must make to navigate through the ever-changing pandemic.

Prize: Jabra Wireless Earbuds

Honorable Mention (2)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Demo Quality
    Is your demo video clear, understandable, and under 90 seconds? Can we understand what you did and why? Does the demo work? Does your project show care and polish?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?

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