SD Hacks is an intercollegiate hackathon where student hackers from all over the world come together to create innovative solutions in 36 hours. We're hosting a dedicated hardware lab, maker space and a virtual reality lab, in addition to the many cloud APIs, prizes, and swag offered by our incredible sponsors. SD Hacks is celebrating its 5th anniversary!

Hackathon Sponsors


1st Place

- Apple iPad 32GB Wi-Fi (x2)

- Bose SoundLink wireless headphones (x2)

- Amazon $200 gift card (sponsored by CoStar)

2nd Price

- Echo Show 10", Echo Dot Charcoal, and Phillips Hue Lightbulb bundle (x2)

- TCL 32" Class HD (720P) Roku Smart LED TV (x1)

- Amazon Kindle (x2)

3rd Price

- HP Sprocket 2-in-1 Portable Photo Printer & Instant Camera (x1)

- Echo Show 5", Echo Dot Charcoal, and Phillips Hue Lightbulb bundle (x1)

- SNAPTAIN A15 Foldable FPV WiFi Drone (x1)

Health and Wellness

- Smart jump rope (x2)

- Neck massager (x2)


- Wireless charging pad (x2)

- Amazon Smart Plug (x2)

- 4-pack Smart Light Bulbs (x1)


- Amazon Fire Tablets (x2)

- 3D Printing Pen (x2)

Best Beginner Hack

- Echo Dot and Phillips Hue smart bulb (x2)

- Raspberry Pi 4 (x2)

Best Domain Registered with Backpacks for the entire team

Best use of Google Cloud

Google Home Minis for the entire team

Best use of MongoDB Atlas

Branded MongoDB AirCharge Plus for entire team

Best Use of AWS AI / ML Services (1st)

Mechanical keyboards

Best Use of Activ5 SDK (4)

$1000 + Activ5 devices for each member of the team

Best IoT that Incorporates Multiple Nodes (3)

Amazon gift cards (1st - $400, 2nd - $200, 3rd - $100)

Best Use of AWS AI / ML Services (2nd)

Echo Show Devices

Best Use of AWS AI / ML Services (3rd)

Echo Devices

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • How Judging Works
    Judging will be done through a pair-wise-comparison-based judging platform called Gavel. The top 5 projects will be selected as finalists, who will then present to our panel of judges, from which the best of show prizes will be determined.
  • Tracks
    Along with our overall prizes, the top project in each Track will also get a prize (see prizes for details). Each project can be submitted to multiple tracks.
  • Sponsor Challenges
    Each project can submit to MULTIPLE challenges! Each challenge will be judged by the company that sponsored that challenge, so make sure to interact with the sponsors of the challenges you want to submit to!

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