The premier hardware and software hackathon. Realize your potential.

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

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Participants who have signed up on 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.


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?