On April 22nd, two-hundred students from across the region will come together for 24 hours of creation, innovation and fun! Anyone is welcome to join, from seasoned coding veterans to first-time hackers from any major or field. Discover how you can create change by developing technology to solve real world problems, get mentored by industry professionals, and enjoy tons of free food, swag and awesome prizes!


Grab your friends, clear your calendars and come ready to hack!


All Students 18 and older can participate.  You must be physically at the event in order to submit and be judged.

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$3,040 in prizes

Grand Prize

$1000 Cash Money for best overall hack! Money is divided evenly through team members.

Runner Up

One Google Home for per team member (up to 4).

Second Runner Up

MLH Medals

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bags for each team member.

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

The Best Use of Amazon Web Services will receive $250 in AWS credit.

Best Software Hack

UE ROLL 2 Waterproof Volcano Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker for each team member (up to 4).

Best Newbie Hack

Each team member gets a Raspberry Pi Starter Kit (up to 4).

Best Use of API

25 Dollar Amazon Gift Cards for each team member for the best use of any API (up to 4).

Best Hardware Hack

Amazon Fire TV Sticks for the best hardware hack (up to 4).

Biomimicry Grand Prize

For the best use of REAL Biomimicry on a biomimicry challenge or on another HAkron challenge. (Don't feel confident enough to try these challenges? You deifnitely can! Look for Stephanie or any other biomimicry mentor to ask for ideas and help! Also check out these great resources: https://asknature.org https://glbiomimicry.org)

1) Biomimicry Invention/Experience Challenge Create an invention or experience that helps people to Understand Biomimicry ...what it is or how to do it!
2) Create a GAME that helps the players develop some of Great Lakes Biomimicry's Habits of ThoughtTM of Biomimicry in a robust way.
3) Create a GAMIFIED Curriculum that helps players to understand the Water Warriors Visual Spectrometer invention and the Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms (the biogeochemical cycle and nature-inspired-innovation, or biomimicry)

Biomimicry 2nd Prize

Best uses of REAL Biomimicry on any biomimicry challenge.

Biomimicry 3rd Prize

Best uses of REAL Biomimicry on any biomimicry challenge.

Red Bull SurPRIZE

A Case of Red Bull

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Adrian Sims

Adrian Sims

Brian Kempert

Brian Kempert

James Hilton

James Hilton
The Bit Factory

Jack Hilton

Jack Hilton
The Bit Factory

Brendan McCarthy

Brendan McCarthy
Thompson Hines

Will Crissey, Jr

Will Crissey, Jr
University of Akron

Judging Criteria

  • Main Judging
    The top 5 teams overall will be found using MIT Gavel. Check out https://github.com/anishathalye/gavel for information on how Gavel works.
  • Top 5 Judging
    The top 5 teams will give a short presentation to everyone, where they will be judged again to determine the Grand Prize winner and Runner Up.
  • Category Prize Judging
    Best API, Best Hardware Hack, etc. will be judged by selected judges and the winner will be based on technical difficulty, completeness, design, and presentation.

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