Penn State's 2017 Hackathon. Come to Learn. Build. Share.

This November 4th, join us and nearly 600 students from across the nation for 24 hours of creation, innovation, & fun. From seasoned coding veterans to first-time hackers from any major or field, all are welcome to join.

Discover your ability to create change by developing technology to solve real-world problems, get mentored by industry professionals, and enjoy tons of free food, swag, prizes, and much more!

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  • All projects must be built on site at HackPSU by registered participants
  • Individuals over 18 years of age
  • Teams can consist of up to 5 participants           

How to enter

Register on to retrieve a QR code. Bring your QR code to check-in to this exciting hackathon. If you did not register beforehand, still come to check-in in person.


Mayank Makwana

Mayank Makwana

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity and Originality
    Our goal at HackPSU is to inspire hackers to be innovative with their hacks. Any hacks that approach problems in a new way will be given special consideration.
  • Technical Difficulty
    The harder the hack is to create, the more impressed we’ll be. We want to see the technologies used to bring hacks to life. Bonus points for using new, advanced technologies, or even technologies hackers created during the hackathon.
  • Impact
    Sometimes, hacks tend to be more than just cool projects as they tend to be capable of disruption in some field or space. We’ll be looking out for hacks that are specifically useful to certain groups of people or entire fields.
  • Design
    For the most part, one of the hardest parts in creating a hack is considering its aesthitics. We want to give credit to those hacks that are beautifully designed, bug-free, and easy to use.