HackPSU is a 24-hour, 600 person Hackathon taking place at The Pennsylvania State University. 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, working with industry leaders, and collaborating with your peers. 


  • 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           


Please be ready to demo by 2:15!

Hackathon Sponsors


$6,750 in prizes

HackPSU 1st Place

$500, Amazon Gift Cards ($100 each)

HackPSU 2nd Place

$300, Amazon Gift Cards ($60 each)

HackPSU 3rd Place

$100, Amazon Gift Cards ($20 each)

PSU IT 1st Place

A 2nd Gen Amazon Alexa for every team member.

PSU IT 2nd Place

A 2nd Gen Amazon Echo Dot for every team member.

PSU IT 3rd Place

$25, Amazon Gift Cards

GM Autonomous RC Car Challenge

$100 in Lyft credit, and Multimeter kit for each team member.

Google Cloud Platform Challenge

A Google Home Mini and Chromecast for every team member.

GSK Sleep Tracker Solution Competition

Enter this competition for a chance to win $1600 and be flown out to interview!

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

DragonBoard 410c and Power Source for Each Team Member

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


HackPSU Team

HackPSU Team

Google Cloud

Google Cloud





General Motors

General Motors

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity & Originality
    Is the solution novel, original and not-obvious? Does it approach the problem from an unusual or different perspective? How creative is the problem statement? Does the solution address a problem which is novel, original and not-obvious?
  • Technical Skills
    Was the solution technically challenging? (Taking into account team size and measured relative to competition) How intricate was the solution? Did the solution pose a challenge to the group?
  • Implementation
    Was the solution effective in addressing the problem? Was the solution easy to operate for the target demographic? (user friendliness) Is the solution needlessly complex? Overall, is the solution viable in addressing the problem statement?
  • Clarity
    Was the team able to convey their ideas in a way understandable to the audience? Were the topics accessible to the audience? Were all obscure acronyms or jargon explained?
  • Knowledge
    How effectively did the team handle questions? Did the team demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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