HackPrinceton is back this fall! With over 600 students last spring, we're opening the show up to more talented hackers from all across the country. Whether it is your first time, or you're a seasoned veteran, we'd love to see you here!

Note: The winners of the following prizes have not yet been announced:

  • Town of Princeton
  • Kimono Labs
  • Rough Draft
  • Instructables


  • All hacks must be built by registered and accepted HackPrinceton attendees.
  • Teams must consist of no more than five members.
  • Hackers must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and present enrollment identification (i.e. student id) to a HackPrinceton organizer when asked.
  • Due to university liability requirements, individuals must be over 18 years old. 


NOTE: Please make sure each team member is registered with a unique ChallengePost account and listed under the submission.

We welcome both hardware and software hacks! We're looking forward to what you produce, but please keep the following in mind.

Submissions should be reasonably complete to be considered for any prizes and reimbursements. They must be submitted to ChallengePost by 9:00:00 AM on Sunday, November 16th, 2014. No late submissions will be accepted, so please submit with time to spare! If you're stuck, there will be mentors around to help you out. Keep content appropriate and please try to be aware of what has been done before. The judges love to see original ideas at play, not rehashes of what has been around for years. The completeness of a hack will be at the organizer's discretion. Please include a video or photo of the working product, and link to the source on GitHub.

Hackathon Sponsors


$5,750 in prizes

1st Place Software

$1000 + Dell touchscreen monitors + 1-year license of Unity Pro w/ Android and iOS extensions

2nd Place Software

3rd Place Software

1st Place Hardware

$1000 + Portable hard drives + Electric Imp DevKits

2nd Place Hardware

3rd Place Hardware

Best iOS App

Presented by Apple.
Winners receive iPad Minis

Best Apple Hardware Hack

Presented by Apple.

Best Use of Twitter API

Presented by Twitter.
Winners receive Makey Makeys + JBL Wireless Speakers + Orbotix Ollies

Best Use of Microsoft Tech

Presented by Microsoft.
Winners (up to 4 team members) receive Surface Pro 3s for the best use of Microsoft APIs (including OneNote, OneDrive, and Bing), Kinect, Azure (cloud) or Windows Phone/Windows 8.1 app

Best Use of MongoDB

Presented by MongoDB.
Winners receive Amazon gift cards and special MongoDB swag

Best Use of Yo API

Presented by Yo.
Winning team receives $1000

Best TigerApp

(Open to Princeton students only)
Presented by Princeton USG.
Winning teams receive $250 and conversion of their hack to a full TigerApp for the best prototype TigerApp that would benefit the student body (e.g. ICE, EasyPCE, FindA).

Best Electric Imp Powered Project

Presented by Electric Imp.
Winners receive Electric Imp Dev Kits + Digital Multimeters

Best Use of Bloomberg APIs (2)

Presented by Bloomberg.
Winners receive Parrot AR.Drones

Best Use of Unity

Presented by Unity.
Winners receive a 1-year license of Unity Pro

Best Myo Hack

Winners receive Thalmic Myos

Best Leap Motion Hack

Winners receive Leap Motions

Best Use of Ziggeo

Presented by Ziggeo.

"A Nod from Nod"

Presented by Nod.
Winners receive Nod gesture control rings

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


HackPrinceton Judges

HackPrinceton Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    How original is the idea? Is it simply a repackaging of a previous project (i.e. Floppy Bird) or is it something that has never been done before? Projects can also blend two concepts together in a refreshing new way (i.e. chocolate-covered bacon).
  • Polish
    Does it feel like a quickly hacked-together project, or something that is well thought out? This can be apparent from the UI or the lack of bugs in the project.
  • Usefulness
    Can this hack be used in real life to better somebody's life? Is it enough to justify people wanting to use it?
  • Enjoyment
    Is the project zany, interesting or just plain amusing? Will it bring a smile to the face of those who see it, whether they are adults, teenagers or little kids?

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