We’re a 36 hour event hosted at Iowa State University where college students from around the
country compete to create innovative hardware and software projects. The HackISU was first held in
the Fall of 2013 and has grown in each of the previous semesters. At our fourth event in September,
over 250 talented students attended, making it our largest event yet. We hope to continue our success
with an even larger event this Spring. Throughout our event students display their skills as they aim to
impress and compete to make brand new ideas a reality.
HackISU is completely free for students to attend which gives any interested student the
opportunity to join us during the weekend to learn, create, and have fun. The event gives attendees the
opportunity to utilize and apply their knowledge to help solve problems or make useful applications.
HackISU uniquely serves students in the midwest by giving them access to an opportunity to connect
with other students, learn new skills, and interact with sponsoring companies.



Participants: Individuals (over 18 and enrolled in college the current semester or one previous semester).

Teams: 1 - 4 people may be on a team.

Countries: United States


Submissions must include visuals from your project, all team members, source code, and a short description of functionality.

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,760 in prizes

1st Place

Amazon Tap

2nd Place

Amazon Tap

3rd Pace

Raspberry Pi CanaKit

4th Place

Raspberry Pi CanaKit

Honorable Mention (2)

Foscam Wireless Camera

Best Domain on Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bag

Best Device Privacy Hack

Collector's Edition of Watch Dogs 2

Everything is part of the internet of things now - from your phone to your fitness band to your thermostat. Build a hack that utilizes private data being collected from your devices, and show how you can turn potential vulnerabilities into something constructive.

Best Prize to Prevent Online Harassment

Hack Harassment Swag Bag

Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment.

Vermeer Best Machine Vision/Object Detection Hack

RC Quadcopter Drone

Workiva Best Use of Cloud Computing

Workiva swag bags.

Best Use of GForgeAPI

Cash Prize per team member.

Rockwell Most Innovative Hack

Rockwell Collins Swag Bags

John Deere Most Customer Focused Hack

John Deere Mission Prize

Best Use of Clarifai API

Cannon DSLR and Clarifai Skateboards

Cerner Best Health Hack

Sphero Ollies

The Googliest Hack

Android Cuddle Buddy

HLT Best Mobile Hack

$100 gift card!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Head on over to our website to sign up!




Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
  • Inventiveness
  • Wow Factor

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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