The premier college hackathon

PennApps X is the tenth iteration of PennApps, the nation's premier college hackathon, held at the University Of Pennsylvania. PennApps X will take place from September 12th to 14th, with 36 hours of hacking by 1200 of the world's best hackers. Teams begin working on their hacks after the Friday evening kickoff and have until Sunday morning to complete their hack. All final submissions must be made here, on ChallengePost before the end of hacking. Videos are optional.

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Prizes

$16,450 in prizes

Grand Prize

$5k + Thalmic Myo + Oculus DK2 + Leap Motion + Android Wear + Raspberry Pi B+ Visit to Rocket Fuel HQ + Visit to MongoDB HQ + SmartThings Kit + Demo at Venrock HQ

Second Place

Oculus Rift DK2 +
Android Wear +
Raspberry Pi B

Third Prize

Android Wear +
Raspberry Pi B

Hardware Prize

Oculus Rift DK2's

AlphaLab Gear Prize (3)

Presented by AlphaLab Gear

Best iOS App (3)

Presented by Apple. Winners will receive iPads

Best Healthcare Hack

Presented by BenefitFocus. Winners will receive Fitbits

Best Use of Bloomberg API (2)

Presented by Bloomberg

Most Consumer-Friendly Bitcoin Hack

Presented by Circle. Winner will receive $1000 in BTC

Best Bitcoin Hack by Coinbase

Presented by Coinbase. Winner will receive $1000 in BTC

Best Internet-Connected Hardware Project

Presented by Electric Imp. Winners will receive multimeters

Best Use of Facebook API

Presented by Facebook. Winners will receive a trip to Facebook's HQ to compete in the Hackathon Finals

KPCB Fellows Award

Presented by KPCB

Best App Built Using Mashery API Network (2)

Presented by Mashery. Winners will receive electric powered air hockey tables

Best Microsoft App (3)

Presented by Microsoft. 11st place is an Xbox one, 2nd place is entry into Second round of the Imagine Cup, 3rd Place: Dell Venue Pro Tablet

Best Use of MongoDB

Presented by MongoDB

Best Collaboration Hack

Presented by Moxtra

Best use of Plaid API

Presented by Plaid

“That’s Crazy, Man”

Presented by Plaid. Winner will receive gift certificate for 100 slices from Allegro's

Best Use of SendGrid

Presented by SendGrid. Winner will receive PowerUp 3.0, Pocket Microscope, Capacitive Touch Gloves, Charge Card

Best Use of Video

Presented by Tubular Labs. Winner will receive a GoPro

Best Use of Twilio API

Presented by Twilio. Winners will receive custom 4" action figures

Most Intuitive Interface

Presented by WillowTree Apps. Winners will receive Spark Core and WillowTree Swag.

Best Data Visualization Hack

Presented by Sift Science. Winners receive custom Sift Science lab coats and T-Shirt

Best Use of ML

Presented by Sift Science. Winners receive custom Sift Science lab coats and T-Shirt

IBM Prize Presented by IBM (3)

1st Place: All expenses paid 2 day trip to IBM Design Studio for 1:1 time with the team, mentorship, and networking with executives.
2nd Place: Interviews and 10 hrs of 1:1 mentorship with the IBM Design team.
3rd Place: 3 month subscription to IBM Bluemix.

Top Myo Hack

Presented by Thalmic Labs. Winners will receive Myo Developer Kit

Most Creative Hack

Presented by Clover. Winner will receive $500

Best Use of Geolocation / Uber API

Presented by Uber. Winners will receive $200 in Uber credit.

Penn Engineering Dean's Innovation Prize

Presented by EDAB. Winners will receive lunch with Dean Glandt. For the best product that aids curriculum (undeclared engineering major) deferred students. (Penn students only).

Best “Smart Watch” Health Solution

Presented by IBC. Smart Watch (Apple or Samsung)

Best hack for Electronic Medical Records

Presented by Epic. $500 NewEgg gift card

Best Domain Name

Presented by Namecheap

Best User Experience

Presented by Goldman Sachs. Winners receive Boss speakers.

Intel IoT hack

Best overall web leveraging hardware hack. Basis smartwatches for each team member.

Top Intel hack

Best hack including Intel tech. Basis smartwatches for each team member.

Intel runway hack

Best Intel wearable hack. Basis smartwatches for each team member.

Mad inventor hack

For the most ridiculous Intel hack. Basis smartwatches for each team member.

Smartthings Prize

Presented by SmartThings.

Venmo Prize

Presented by Venmo

Special Recognition from Mozilla

Presented by Mozilla

Jawbone Prize

Presented by Jawbone

Apple - 1st Place

Presented by Apple

Apple - Runners Up (2)

$25 App Store Gift Card

Best Hack People Will Use Everyday

Presented by 50onRed. Winner will receive $1500 and a trip to the 50onRed HQ

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

If you applied to PennApps X, recieved an offer to attend and went on to confirm that you will do so, you are eligible to attend PennApps. If you attended and hacked at PennApps, then you are eligible to make a submission. 

Requirements

Make your product, submit your hack to ChallengePost and attend the PennApps expo to show off what you built.

How to enter

Only current students in University or High School who have been accepted to PennApps X can make submissions.

Judges

Nick

Nick

Dave Jagoda

Dave Jagoda

Jasdev Singh

Jasdev Singh

Randall

Randall

Tamer el calamay

Tamer el calamay

Sandhya Kapur

Sandhya Kapur

Micah Wylde

Micah Wylde

Cassidy

Cassidy

Max Guo

Max Guo

Sam Panzer

Sam Panzer

Evan Benshetler

Evan Benshetler

Peter Szocs

Peter Szocs

Janhavi sahasrabuddhe

Janhavi sahasrabuddhe

Robert

Robert

Andrew Sutherland

Andrew Sutherland

Andrew Rosenthal

Andrew Rosenthal

Sevada Abraamyan

Sevada Abraamyan

Rob Spectre

Rob Spectre

Ricky

Ricky

Swift

Swift

Robert

Robert

Jeremy Rossmann

Jeremy Rossmann

Hans Schmitz

Hans Schmitz

Shiftan

Shiftan
CTO, Curalate

Alex

Alex

Stephanie

Stephanie

Mohammad

Mohammad

Pamela

Pamela

Neil G

Neil G

Dan

Dan

Goldman #1

Goldman #1

Amit

Amit

Daniel

Daniel

Sam

Sam

Angel

Angel

Andrew

Goldman #3

Goldman #3

Clay

Clay

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?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?