On the weekend of October 5, over 1,000 hackers from all over the world will gather at MIT for a hackathon like no other. 1000+ people, $10k+ prizes, 30 hours. October 5-6, 2013 at MIT. Open to all students, all schools. Will you be there?


Registered attendees of HackMIT

All undergraduate students from any university in any country are welcome. High school students must be 18 or older to attend. This event is closed to graduate students. (Shouldn't you be working on your thesis anyway?)

You must register to participate. Don't forget to bring your valid student ID!


Submissions must contain the following:

  • Screen shots of you project. 
  • An accurate description of what it does.
  • All team members must be added on the submission form.

Hackathon Sponsors


$15,000 in prizes

Grand Prize

2nd Place

3rd Place

Venmo - Makes Life So Easy

$500 on Venmo

Intuit - API Innovation Award

$1k cash + additional items; TBD for 2nd and 3rd place finishers

Akamai - Best Use of Algorithms

SendGrid - Best use of SendGrid API Award

Leap Motions

Amicus - What Does The Fox Say? Award

A Cow, A Water Buffalo, and a Llama for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, to be donated to a family in the third world on the winner's behalf, through Heifer International

Weather Underground - Best use of Weather Underground API Award

$1,000 American Express Gift Card

MongoDB - Best Use of MongoDB

MongoDB swag and additional prize money

KPCB - KPCB Fellows Award

Firebase - Best use of Firebase

iPad minis

Bloomberg - Best Use of the Bloomberg API

Leap Montion

Thiel Fellowship - “Under 20” Hack Award

Priority review of the 2014 fellowship application, travel and lodging to an upcoming Under 20 Summit, and a meet and greet with reps from the leadership council

MoPub - Mobile Data Award

+ iPad Minis

Constant Contact - Best use of Constant Contact API

Constant Contact swag kits (jacket, hat, etc), a featured story on our tech blog, and your app featured in our marketplace (if sass)

Pinterest - Pin It award

iPad Minis

AlchemyAPI - Best Use of AlchemyAPI Award

Twilio - Twilio API Award

Two Arduino Inventor Kits

Google, Inc.

4 Nexus 7 tablets

Sailthru - Smart Data Challenge


Fitbit - Fitbit Flex

Fitbit Flex

Synaptics, Inc. - Most Innovative project with ForcePad - 1st Prize

Samsung Galaxy S4 for each team member

Synaptics, Inc. - Most Innovative project with Hover - 1st Prize

Samsung Galaxy S4 for each team member

Synaptics, Inc. - Most Innovative project with ForcePad - 2nd Prize

$500 for team

Synaptics, Inc. - Most Innovative project with Hover - 2nd Prize

$500 for the team

Square Inc. - Making Commerce Easy and Rounding the Corners


Twitter - Best user of Twitter

General Catalyst - Most likely to be the “Next Big Thing”

An invitation to come and pitch to the Rough Draft Ventures team (chance of up to $25k investment) and/or dinner with our team and local VCs

Jawbone - For the best health hack

BIG JAMBOXs or Jawbone UPs for the entire team.

Kenshō - Best Financial Data Hack

One iPad mini (retail value: $400), and four memory sticks pre-loaded with purchased, premium, high resolution historical pricing data for every U.S. stock, major commodity, and currency pair, going back to 1990 (retail value: $10,000).


$500 for the team

Bain Capital: Best Use of Data Visualization

Leap Motions for the team

Bain Capital: Best Use of Machine Learning

Leap Motions for the team

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

To create a HackMIT entry, you must register on this site by hitting the yellow "Register" button above and then confirming your registration on the subsequent page. After that, you'll be able to submit your entry.

Your entry must be completed and submitted by Sunday October 6th 8am EST




Judging Criteria

  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Polish / Design
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?

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