This year we're taking it virtual, and as such, we've picked a very fitting theme: Connectivity! HackSC 2021 will have four categories under which you can compete: Device to Device, Person to Person, Team to Team, and Customer to Customer. Find your forte and gather a team to create a product with a lasting legacy. HackSC 2020 was grand, but we want HackSC 2021 to not only build amazing bonds among all our hackers, but create innovative ways to establish connections in this new virtual setting. Help us achieve our goal, and we’ll help you along the way. See you there!


All college students worldwide!

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$9,540 in prizes

HackSC 2021 Vertical: Person

Build a project to relationships and encourage ways for people to connect more effectively.

HackSC 2021 Vertical: Team

Build a project to advance and redefine connectivity for collaboration and productivity among teams & colleagues.

HackSC 2021 Vertical: Customer

Build a project to facilitate communication directly among consumers and power communal exchange of products.

HackSC 2021 Vertical: Device

Build a project to enrich relationships and encourage ways for people to connect more effectively.

Tickets to Pinnacle 2021

All-expenses paid trip to Pinnacle Hackathon! Check out for more information!

InterSystems prize: Best use of InterSystems technology

Submit a working proof-of-concept or application using any of InterSystems tools and technology as part of the team hackathon project. To qualify for the InterSystems challenge, the final product must not only make use of InterSystems tools and technology, it must demonstrate innovation and usefulness as a technology solution as part of your hackathon project. This is a CASH prize. The winning prize is $1000.

Appsmith Sponsored Prize: Winner

Build an interesting application using Appsmith, either on the cloud or on a self-hosted instance.

The winning prize is a DJI Mavic Mini (1 per head, 4 max).

Appsmith Sponsored Prize: Runner-up

Build an interesting application using Appsmith, either on the cloud or on a self-hosted instance.

The runner-up prize is a Nintendo Switch Lite (1 per head, max 4).

RippleX Sponsored Prize (3)

Challenge: Build a project using a RippleX API.

Prize: $250 gift card per team member (up to 4 people)

MLH - Best Domain Registered with

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Backpack.

MLH - Best use of Google Cloud (2)

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: Each winning team member will receive a Google branded Parkland backpack.

MLH - Best Use of CockroachDB

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for each team member. What's more, ALL projects submitted that use CockroachDB will receive a free t-shirt!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity
    * How challenging was it for the team to complete in the 36-hour window? * Is the project technically impressive? Complex? Does it seem remarkable that someone could achieve this hack in just a day or two?
  • Functionality
    * How functional is this hack during the demo? * Completeness - Has the team given thought to potential design pitfalls and product usability? * Includes vetting of idea, plans for development, marketing, deployment, etc.
  • Connectivity
    * How practical and achievable is the hack idea being presented? Is it scalable? * Does the project effectively/innovatively create new channels for connectivity, community, communication?
  • Passion
    How excited and passionate is the team about solving the problem they chose?
  • "Wow" Factor
    * Impressiveness - The “wow” factor, or how original is the idea? * Creativity - Has this hack been done before? Does this project make others think this is a really cool idea and question why they didn't think of it before?

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