HacKPSU is a 24-hour Hackathon located in the heart of Pennsylvania at Penn State University. Home to hackers, designers, builders & makers, there is something for everyone in the Happy Valley. Come for one of over 25 incredible workshops ranging from machine to learning to beginners Python, the chance to network with top tech companies, or simply the opportunity to build something awesome.


HackPSU is open to all persons above 18 years of age that are currenlly enrolled in College or University. You must bring a valid form of identification to be allowed into the event.  

Teams may be up to 5 people, and although being on a team is not required, it is strongly recommended.

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,900 in prizes

HackPSU Overall - Tech (3)

The standard HackPSU experience - collaborate with team members to build something awesome. We'll have tons of great mentors and other staff around to help you on your way. Choose this track if you're passionate about technology and development. * Grand Prize - $500 Amazon gift card * Runner-up - $400 Amazon gift card * Third prize - $300 Amazon gift card Each prize amount is split amongst team members. (An amazon gift card will be sent to each member of the team).

Geico - AI Challenge (3)

Geico: We will be discussing an AI solution to our recruiting process. We would like the students to identify an AI tool that they will use to improve some processes.

1st place- $500, 2nd $250, 3rd $100

Lion LaunchPad SLO - Inventory Innovation (5)

As co-working spaces have become more popular, startups often find it difficult to organize their resources. Lion LaunchPad is no different -- we are looking for creative solutions to visualize, track, and lend out different items we have in our makerspace. Tours will be organized to our room in Leete Hall for you to be inspired; please come by our table for details.

Prize: a Fjallraven Kanken backpack per team member with goodies inside with a monetary value $100

EY Tech Challenge (4)

How can we digitalize the cruise experience to sail it into the transformation age? There will be a mystery prize with a $100 monetary value per team member.

HackPSU - IoT Workshop Challenge

Best use of an IOT device!

Best Use of Snapkit (MLH)

Spectacles by Snapchat

Best IoT Hack using a Qualcomm Device (MLH)

DragonBoard 410Cs

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform (MLH)

Google Home Mini

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com (MLH)

Raspberry Pis and PiHut Essential Kits

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


HackPSU Team

HackPSU Team

HackPSU Sponsors

HackPSU Sponsors
All companies hosting challenges

Judging Criteria

  • HackPSU Overall - Tech Challenge
  • Creativity
    Is the solution novel, original and not-obvious? How different is the design from current solutions? Does it approach the problem from an unusual or different perspective? How creative is the problem statement?
  • Technical Skill
    Was the solution technically challenging (Taking into account team size and measured relative to competition)? How intricate was the solution? Did the solution pose a challenge to the group?
  • Implementation
    Was the solution effective in addressing the problem? Was the solution easy to operate for the target demographic? Is the solution needlessly complex? Overall, is the solution viable in addressing the problem statement?
  • User Experience
    Is their solution easy to understand and use for their target audience? Was the interface (the way the user interacted with this solution e.g. screen , voice, hardware) suited for their target audience?
  • Presentation Skills
    How well could this group convey their ideas? Was their pitch convincing and engaging? If their project was very technical, were they able to talk about it in a simple manner? Were they able to answer any questions gracefully?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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