Imagine a world without Facebook, Skype, or even Google. Pretty bleak, right? Yeah, we thought so, too.

Welcome to VandyHacks - 36 straight hours of pure creativity, companionship, and innovation. Step out of your comfort zone, think out of the box, and, together, let's change the world.

Use this as a resource to meet awesome new teammates that have your crazy passion for hacking! When you and the rest of Team Awesome finish your project, please make a short video to include with your submission!



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  • Teams: No more than 4 members per team
  • Location: All participants must be physically at the event
  • Age: Anyone of college or highschool age is permitted


All submissions require a short description of the project as well as a video demo or log.

It is highly suggested to also include the following:

  • Screenshots of the completed project
  • Link to the source code
  • Correctly tagged technologies


Brendan Wovchko

Brendan Wovchko
HackTennessee, Co-Founder

Yiaway Yeh

Yiaway Yeh
Chief Officer of Innovation, City of Nashville

Robbie Goldsmith

Robbie Goldsmith
Director of Project Music, Community Outreach (EC)

Jules White

Jules White
Assistant Professor of EECS, Vanderbilt University

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?