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!




  • 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

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,046 in prizes

Grand Prize

Dell Venue 8 Tablet
3-year Qiqqa Premium+ Membership

Second Prize

2nd place medal
Gameboy or NES Flash Drive (https://www.etsy.com/shop/8BitMemory?section_id=7924780)
3-year Qiqqa Premium Membership

Third Prize

3rd place medal
Premium Github Memberships
1-year Qiqqa Premium Membership

Hacker's Choice

Your choice of a NES Hard Drive (https://www.etsy.com/shop/8BitMemory?section_id=6678855)

Best Use of Wolfram Tech (3)

1st: $500 cash prize, 1 year Developer Level account for Wolfram Programming Cloud
2nd: 1 year Developer Level account for Wolfram Programming Cloud
3rd: 1 year Developer Level account for Wolfram Programming Cloud

Best Healthcare Hack - Epic

$400 NewEgg Gift Card

Best Hardware Hack

$350 worth of hardware featured in the MLH Hardware Lab. You get to choose how it's spent.

Best Nashville Spirit

Your team gets one INSTRUMENT 1 from Artiphon.

Judged on how well your hack represents and embodies Nashville.

Best Use of Open Source Software - Rustici

$250 ThinkGeek gift card

Digital Reasoning's Choice

$100 to winner's charity of choice + X hours of one-on-one Google Hangout sessions with DR engineers.(Judged based on same criteria as 1st/2nd/3rd prizes.)

Best Education Hack

3-year Qiqqa Premium+ Membership

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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?

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