HackMIT is MIT’s premier hackathon. On October 4-5, over 1,000 students will converge at MIT to create, innovate, and build software and hardware projects over a 24-hour period. Our focus on cutting-edge technologies—including Bitcoin, emerging hardware interfaces, and new software languages—makes HackMIT truly unique.


Registered attendees of HackMIT

All undergraduate students from any university are welcome. Non-MIT students must be 18 or older. Unfortunately, high school students and graduate students cannot attend.

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.
  • Table number so judges know where to find you.

Hackathon Sponsors


$22,250 in prizes

Grand Prize: 1st place

1st place will receive additional prizes from two of our sponsors, Yelp and Ziggeo.

Grand Prize: 2nd place

Grand Prize: 3rd place

Grand Prize: 4th - 8th place (5)

Best Novice Hack

Big jamboxes (1 per team member)

Best Cryptocurrency Hack

1 Bitcoin for the team

Best Hack for Social Good

$1000 donation to charity of choice

Best MIT-related Hack

$200 in TechCASH per MIT student member of the winning team, or $200 in cash per non-MIT team member

Best Hardware Hack

$200 Sparkfun gift card (1 per team member)

The CATMIT Award

Nyancat plushie (1 per team member) & Pusheen Plushie (1 per team member)

Best Designed Hack

Wacom Tablet (1 per team member)

KPCB Fellows - KPCB Fellows Prize


$200 in Uber Credit per team member, max 4

Bloomberg - Best use of the Bloomberg API

Razer Chroma Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Rough Draft Ventures - Best 'Rough Draft'

Invitation to pitch Rough Draft Ventures (for opportunity of up to $25K in funding)

HP - Most innovative use of HP IDOL OnDemand APIs

Each member of the winning team will receive a next-generation Oculus VR DK2!

Twilio - Twilio API Prize

Custom action figures (up to four) for each member of the team.

Thalmic Labs - Myo Armband Application Prize

Myo Developer Kits ($149 EA)

Dropbox - Best Use of Dropbox API

50 GB of Dropbox space and a Dropbox Snuggie per winner of the award

Quirky + GE - Best Smart Home App

Quirky Hubs + Quirky Nimbuses!

Quirky + GE - Best Use of Smart Home Product Data

Quirky Hubs + Quirky Nimbuses!

Quirky + GE - Most Innovative Use of Quirky + GE Products

Quirky Hubs + Quirky Nimbuses!

MIT Big Data Living Lab

Best use of campus Wifi Data

Synaptics - Best Synaptics Sponsored Hack

Samsung Galaxy Tab S or other TBD prize

Synaptics - Best Use of Synaptics Fingerprint ID Sensor

$1000 to split between team members and guaranteed internship interview offer for summer 2015

Synaptics - BestUse of Synaptics Hover / Proximity Sensor

$1000 to split between team members and guaranteed internship interview offer for summer 2015

Andreesen Horowitz - Best Use of Jawbone API


CapitalOne - Money Hack

each member can pick either a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 or Oculus Rift Development Kit 2

Fitbit - Best Use of the Fitbit API

Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Scale and choice of Fitbit One or Fitbit Flex tracker

MongoDB - Best Use of MongoDB

MongoDB swag pack + Amazon Gift Card

Hill Holliday

Hill Holliday Prize

Sailthru - Best use of Sailthru API

LED Pixel art - Awarded to the app that best represents the future of personalization!

Thomson Reuters - Best use of Thomson Reuters content

Most creative use of Thomson Reuters content

Namecheap - Best domain name

$250 in Namecheap credit - Awarded to the best domain name


Awarded to the most innovative use of the DirecTV API - A 40” Samsung 1080p Smart HDTV or NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV

Google Challenge

Award: Your team and project will get Featured on the Official Google Blog
Eligibility: Uses both GDelt and BitQuery

Best Assembly Hack

Award: 2 bitcoins
Eligibility: Submitted on assembly.com . We'll award this prize to our favorite app that is added to Assembly.com, where you can continue to build it into a community-owned startup. Questions? austin@assembly.com"

Best Use of Ziggeo API

Award: 1 GoPro per team or $300 in Amazon Gift Certificates to be divided among team members
Eligibility: Uses Ziggeo API

Kensho - Hack Wall St.

iPad Mini for each team member. Awarded to the hack that best makes use of publicly available datasets (including at least one dataset that provides info on equities, commodities, futures and/or options pricing/fundamentals) to uncover an insight or otherwise visualize an aspect of the market in a compelling manner.

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 5th 9am 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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