Welcome to HackPSU powered by Innoblue and Penn State IEEE! We're a 24 hour hackathon at the Pennsylvania State University with a focus on teaching students how to program as well as encouraging students to build tools that change education and other social issues. Follow us at @HackPSU to get updates and news on what we're doing! 

We've currently closed registration but if you want to talk to us feel free to email us at team@hackpsu.org with any questions! 


Teams are limited to four people and all team members must be 18 years of age by the start of HackPSU. 


Participants can build whatever they want to build. It's a learning hackathon after all and we encourage our students to use HackPSU as a creative outlet for building anything that comes to mind. We encourage students to try to tackle an educational technology issue or a social good issue but any sort of technology-related submissions will be accepted. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$20,810 in prizes

Microsoft - Best Microsoft Hack

Criteria: Use Microsoft API's, Azure, Kinects, or any other Microsoft Product (Windows Phone). The prize is 4 Surface Pro tablets.

Penn State EdTech Network - Best EdTech Hack

All expense paid trip to our EdTech Summit next Fall

Blockchain - Best Use of Blockchain API

Capital One - Best Financial Hack

Zonoff - Best Internet of Things Hack

Penn State IEEE - Best Bluetooth App

JY-MCU Arduino Bluetooth Wireless Serial Port Module

Penn State IEEE - Best Guitar Hack

Pyle 100 Watt Mini Cube Speakers

Namecheap - Best Domain Registered

Provide your best domain name courtesy of Namecheap's .me domain names!

Amazon Web Service Prize - Best use of AWS

First Place Overall

Winners receive Dell Tablets courtesy of MLH, Github Silver Plan for a year courtesy of Github, 2,500 dollars in branding from BrandBucket, and 50 dollar Dick's Sporting Goods gift cards courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods.

Second Place Prize

Winners will receive Chromecasts as well as Github Bronze Plan for a year courtesy of Github.

Third Place Prize

Winners will receive Raspberry Pi's as well as 6 months of Github Bronze Plan.

Beginners - first place

Each team member will receive one prize chosen from a list.

Beginners - second place

Each team member will receive one prize chosen from a list.

Remote - first place

Each team member will receive one prize chosen from a list.

Remote - second place

Each team member will receive one prize chosen from a list.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

All projects must be submitted on ChallengePost by Sunday 11:30 AM, March 8th. Teams can be up to 4 members and all projects must be started at HackPSU. 


Will be Announced

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Judging Criteria

  • Design
    Does it look nice/is it easy to use?
  • Technically Challenging
    Is the problem solved in a technically challenging way? Were you impressed by the way the team thought through their problem?
  • Functionality
    Does everything work?
  • Novelty
    How cool is it? Did it make you say "Damn, that's fucking awesome!!"? Have you ever seen anything like it before? Was it incredibly creative?

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