Hacking with MadHacks and WACM at MadHacks 2017!


Join MadHacks and WACM, February 18-19. Try something new, enhance skills you have, put what you have been learning in class to good use, or just have fun hacking. You have 24 hours, what will you build?


  • All majors are welcome to participate
  • Teams may have 1-4 members


Even if your hack isn't "finished" you should still submit it for judging. Build the best hack you can, that best demonstrates your idea, given the short time you have to build it. Your submission should include

  • A 'functional' prototype or your software or hardware
  • A demonstration video (if applicable) showing your hack in action
  • Links to website and/or GitHub
  • Screenshots
  • Design documents, sketches, illustrations of your idea
  • An explanation of your hack-- why did you choose this project to build today?
  • What are your future plans for your hack?

Submit your hack well before the deadline-- you can update it until the deadline

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,550 in prizes

MadHacks 1st Place

MLH Medal $1000

MadHacks 2nd Place

MLH Medal $500

MadHacks 3rd Place

MLH Medal $250

WACM's Diversity Prize

Most creative hack for team comprising of at least 50% women

Hacker's Choice Award

Voted for by the the participants at MadHacks 2017

Liberty Mutual - 1st Place

Human-centered design: Our challenge to you is to create a fun and wacky solution that puts humans at the center of your design. While we want you to come up with the most fun and wacky solution here, we are looking to award the team that demonstrates the most attention to its user base. There will be bonus points for good development practices as well. Prize is an Amazon Dot (one per team member)

Liberty Mutual - 2nd Place

Best Use of Capital One’s API, Nessie

Nessie is Capital One’s Hackathon API that gives you access to a multitude of real public-facing data - such as ATM and bank branch locations - along with mock customer account data. Use HTTP requests to set up peer-to-peer transactions, simulate a weekly paycheck, or even schedule bills for customers! This is all structured in a way that resembles how we actually run things here at Capital One. You have the power of the bank at your fingertips – how will you reimagine banking?”

$200 Amazon Gift Cards for each team member

Kohl's Easy Experience Award

Easy Experience is one of our company pillars and the award will go to the team with the most user-friendly/easy to use hack. The winner will get $200 Kohl Gift Cards.


Best privacy design in project (generally minimizing data collection, destruction, use of encryption etc.

Prize is an EFF Membership


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

1 TB Hard Drives

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bags

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


David Gagnon

David Gagnon

Tracy Lewis-Williams

Tracy Lewis-Williams

Gary Dahl

Gary Dahl

Brandon Pittser

Brandon Pittser

Alnisa Allgood

Alnisa Allgood

Anna Jordan-Douglass

Anna Jordan-Douglass

Austin Hartzeim

Austin Hartzeim

Caroline Hardin

Whitney Merrill

Whitney Merrill

Grant Dobbe

Grant Dobbe

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity (25 PTS)
    MadHacks is about creative, innovative, unexpected and fun solutions to problems. Did you approach a problem in a new way?
  • Technical (25 PTS)
    Did you make something technically impressive? What new skills did your team learn? Is your stack very cool or the platform they were using challenging?
  • Fit to the theme (25 PTS)
    Is your project playful and game related?
  • Polish, completeness and style (25 PTS)
    Does it work well? Does it look nice and complete?

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