Penn State's official 24-hour student run Hackathon!

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. 

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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           


Please be ready to demo by 2:15!


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HackPSU Team

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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?