HackPrinceton is back this Spring! With over 500 students last fall, 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!



5:30pm: Buses arrive

6:00pm - 6:45pm: Opening Ceremonies

7:00pm - 7:30pm: API Fair

7:30pm - 8:30pm: Dinner

7:30pm - 8:00pm: Galileo Talk

8:30pm - 9:00pm: Team matching

9:00pm: Hacking Begins!

9:00pm - 9:30pm: Intel XDK talk

9:30pm - 10:00pm: Mashery talk

12:00 pm: Midnight snacks



2:00am - 6:00am: Random Surprises ;)

8:30am: Breakfast (sponsored by Zynga)

12:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm: Tigerlabs Talk (Savraj Singh)

1:00pm - 3:00pm: Fun Stuff

3:00pm - Study Break (cookies & milk)

4:30pm: Wolfram Talk (Stephen Wolfram)

7:00pm: Dinner

9:00pm - 12:00pm: More Fun Stuff

12:00pm: Midnight Snacks


Sunday  (open to public)

9:00am: Hacks are complete

10:00am - 12:00pm: Science Fair + Judging

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm - 3:00pm: Final demos + awards

5:00pm: Buses Leave


Participants who have signed up on hackprinceton.com and received a confirmation email of their registration are eligible to participate in HackPrinceton. This is true for participants arriving on the buses sent out by HackPrinceton. Due to university liability requirements, individuals must be of over 18 years old. 

Participants must either work alone or in a group of up to 5 people. We welcome individuals of all different interests, from design to social entrepreneurship! Available locations on campus and rules regarding sleeping at night will be announced during the event. 


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 9AM on Sunday, March 30th. 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.

Hackathon Sponsors


$13,000 in prizes

Software 1st Place

Best of the software track. Winners will receive Nvidia Shields, 1 Wacom Tablet, $1000, Google swag bag.

Software 2nd Place

Winning team receives 1 Wacom Tablet and $750.

Software 3rd Place

Winning team receives $500.

Hardware 1st Place

Best of the Hardware Track. Winners receives Bose headphones, $1000 and Google swag bags.

Hardware 2nd Place

Winning team will receive an Atari Flashback 2, Puzzlebot Orbit, and $750.

Hardware 3rd Place

Winning team will receive $500.

Social Entrepreneurship by ReachOut

Will make the world a better place. Sponsored by ReachOut56-81-06.

Best Use of MongoDB (2)

Awarded to the best hack using MongoDB. Winner will receive a swag pack. Sponsored by MongoDB.

Best Design

Winning team will receive one 12-month subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud.

SendGrid API

Winners will receive assorted Nintendo/SNES gear.

Most Adorable

Aww so cute! You get a teddy bear from Princeton ACM!

Intel XDK API (2)

Winning team will receive 4 Galaxy Tabs.

Rdio API

2 month subscription to Rdio Premium!

Electric Imp API

Winners will receive assorted hardware + Adafruit gift cards!

Mashery API

Winning team will receive 4 posters detailing video game controller design, and a $200 Amazon gift card.

Wolfram API (3)

All winners will receive a 1-year subscription to Wolfram Alpha Pro + Mathematica.

Best Education Hack

All winners will receive a 1-year subscription to Wolfram Alpha Pro + Mathematica.

Data Analysis

All winners will receive a 1-year subscription to Wolfram Alpha Pro + Mathematica.

Crowd Favorite

Google Swag!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Tony Jin

Tony Jin

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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