Join us in celebrating our 10th birthday!

PennApps XX is scheduled for September 6-8th, 2019 at the Penn Engineering Campus in Philadelphia. The eighteenth iteration of the nation's first college hackathon is upping the hackathon to new extremes, with the world's top and most promising hackers coming together to tackle real world problems using the latest in hardware and software.

Teams will start working on their hacks on Friday night and continue working until Sunday morning. All submissions MUST be made here on Devpost.

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Prizes

$101,390 in prizes

1st Place

Each winning team member will receive an iPad Pro or Surface Pro 6; Fitbit Charge 3; Gift card to Amazon prime, hulu+spotify, hbo, or netflix; Lyft Prize package; MLH medal

2nd Place

Each winning team member will receive a Fitbit Charge 3; Gift card to Amazon prime, hulu+spotify, hbo, or netflix; MLH Medal

3rd Place

Each winning team member will receive a Polaroid zip; Gift card to Amazon prime, hulu + spotify, hbo, or netflix; Wharton Risk Center Amazon Gift Cards; MLH Medal

Top 10 (10)

Each team member of the top 10 teams will a Voiceflow Premium and a Waterproof Camera

Top 30 (30)

Each team member of the top 30 teams will receive a 30-day trial to Wolfram|One Personal Edition; one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro; Wireless charger

Best Growth Over the Years Route

As we celebrate our 20th iteration, we can't help but look back on how we've grown along the way. Many other organizations and companies can benefit from ways to track their growth, and this route is the opportunity to create them! This route focuses on all elements of growth: tracking, stimulating, and analyzing.
Each winner will receive a Fitbit Charge 3 and an Anker Power Bank.

Best Open Source Contribtuion

The open source community is near and dear to many hackers' hearts, and we want to give you the opportunity to contribute! We'll have prominent open-source community members from around the Philadelphia area to introduce you to various projects, help you as you work on them, and judge the contributions that you've made at the end!
Each winner will receive a Sony WH-CH700N Headphones

Best Social Good Hack

Technology has the power to transform our world for the better. Whether the idea is facilitating investments in clean energy (CoPower) or helping people monitor improvements in their mental health (MEMOTEXT), we’re confident that this route has the potential for some groundbreaking hacks.
Each winner will receive a Portable photo printer

Best Hack for Resilience (3)

Sponsored by the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center.
First place: Electric Scooter Second place: Amazon gift card

Hacker's Choice

Given to the hack that is the most popular among hackers.

Each winning team member will receive a Logitech MX Master 2S mouse

Best Hardware Hack

Got hardware? Awarded to the best hack where the main focus is on hardware.
Each winner will receive a Philips Hue starter kit

Best Blockchain Hack

Each winner will receive a SteelSeries Apex Pro Mechanical keyboard

Best UI/UX Hack

Given to the hack displaying the best user interface and offering an optimal user experience. Each winner will receive a Polaroid printer

Best Entertainment Hack

Given to the hack displaying the best user interface and offering an optimal user experience. Each winner will receive a GoPro Hero Session

Best Humor Hack

Hacks that give us the funnies. Each winner will receive a George Foreman Grill and Pacman Connect and Play

Best Health Hack

This prize goes to the hack with the most potential to improve our health or health care experience. Each team member will receive a Fitbit Versa

Best Education Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a Skillshare subscription

Best AR/VR Prize by Facebook

Each member of the winning team will receive an Oculus Go

Best Shopping Hack by Honey

Each member of the winning team will receive Honey Gold credit

Best Hack that Helps the Community by CBRE

Each member of the winning team will receive a Amazon gift card

Best Use of the Goldman Sachs Marquee API by Goldman Sachs

Each member of the winning team will receive a Nintendo switch

Best Financial Hack by Capital One

Each member of the winning team will receive a $300 Amazon gift card

Best Data Usability Hack by Kensho

Each member of the winning team will receive a Beyerdynamic DT 770 headphones

Best Use of AWS AI/ML by AWS (3)

Best Auto/Transport Hack by ACV Auctions

Each winner will receive an Oculus Go

Best Use of Twilio API presented by Twilio

Each winning member will receive Sonos Smart Speakers

Best Use of Google Cloud presented by Google Cloud and MLH (2)

Best use of any Google Cloud Product in your project(cloud.google.com/products). The winning 1st place team members will receive Google Cloud Minis, Cloud Patagonia Backpacks, Cloud pillows, Cloud trophies and Cloud water bottles. 2nd place team members will get Google Cloud Mini's

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com branded backpack for each team member.

Best Automation Hack with UiPath

Build an automation hack with UiPath Studio and submit it through UiPath Connect! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack.

Best InsurTech by III

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Make your project, submit your hack to Devpost and attend the PennApps expo to show off what you built. You must demo at the expo and submit on Devpost in order to be eligible for prizes. Furthermore, you must submit on Devpost and be present at your expo table to be eligible for travel reimbursements.

Judges

Cory Levy

Cory Levy

Stephanie Weirich

Stephanie Weirich

Jake Hart

Jake Hart

Judging Criteria

  • 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? This is the most important criterion that your hack will be judged upon for the general prizes.
  • 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?
  • Functionality
    Is the hack a functional, working project, rather than just an idea?