Come hack with us!

HackRPI 2016 is the third intercollegiate hackathon series hosted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, completely organized and run by RPI students. We will be hosting 500 hackers from the Northeast and beyond for 24 hours.  Students begin working on their hacks on Saturday at 12:30pm and have until Sunday afternoon to complete their hack. All final submissions must be made here, on DevPost, before the end of hacking at 12:30pm on Sunday November 13.

For the event schedule and further details, see


You must be in either high school or college. Graduated students (<1 year) will be accepted on a case by case basis.

Teams cannot be larger than 4 people to qualify for HackRPI's prizes. See rules for more details.


There is no theme for HackRPI. Build whatever your imagination desires!


Your entire team must be included on your project submission. Anyone not part of the project on DevPost will not receive a prize. No exceptions.

Hackathon Sponsors


$6,940 in prizes

Best Web Hack

Win a Lenovo Chromebook!

Awarded by HackRPI.

Best Mobile Hack

Win a SONOS Play 3 Speaker!

Awarded by HackRPI.

Best Hardware Hack

Win a Sparkfun Developer Package!

Awarded by HackRPI.

Best Video Game or Virtual Reality Hack

Win a NVIDIA GTX 1060 Graphics Card!

Awarded by HackRPI.

Best Data Science Hack

Win a AOC 27" Widescreen LED Monitor!

Awarded by HackRPI.

#HackHarassment (2)

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. Win HackHarassment Swag Bag.

Watch Dogs® 2 Best Device Privacy Hack

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. Prize: Collector's Edition of Watch Dogs 2

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

1 TB Hard Drives.

Best Domain Name from Swag Bags.

Most in the Public Interest

Awarded by MITRE.

Best Project With .tech Domain

Win an gift card!

Awarded by HackRPI (sponsored by .tech Domains)

Best Media Hack

Win VIP Daily Show tickets! Any project that incorporates media in some creative way is eligible.

Awarded by Viacom.

Best Use of TripAdvisor API

Win a weekend trip to Boston!

Awarded by TripAdvisor.

Best Food Related Hack

Win a board game pack!

Awarded by HackRPI

Funniest Hack

Win a Bluetooth shower speaker!

Awarded by HackRPI.

Best High School Hack

Win a gaming mouse!

Awarded by HackRPI.

Most Polished Hack

Win a pair of Urbanears Plattan On-Ear Headphones!

Awarded by HackRPI.

Most Technically Impressive

Win a 120GB Internal SDD!

Awarded by HackRPI.

Best Solo Hack

Win a Raspberry Pi!

Awarded by HackRPI.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


HackRPI Team

HackRPI Team

Judging Criteria

  • Best Hardware Hack
  • Best Mobile Hack
  • Best Web Hack
  • Best Data Science Hack
  • Best Video Game or Virtual Reality Hack

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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