A different kind of hackathon.

Get ready for a weekend full of learning new technologies, making great friends, and pushing your limits. We'll provide plenty of healthy food, awesome swag, and everything you need to carry out your craziest ideas.

Everyone is welcome.

Whether you're making your first website, hardware hacking with an Arduino, or getting started with design, Hack@Brown is for you. We'll have great workshops, mentors from Oracle, Dropbox, Google (and more!), and most importantly, the perfect atmosphere for learning something new.

Ready? Let's go.


  • All current high-school, undergraduate, and graduate students are welcome to register!
  • Students under the age of 18 as of February 7, 2015 are required to obtain parental consent on a form we'll email once accepted.
  • Teams can have a maximum of 4 students, not including mentors from companies.

Hackathon Sponsors


Best Overall

Most Original

Sponsored by Oracle

Best Use of Data Visualization

Sponsored by Two Sigma

Best Microsoft Project

Sponsored by Microsoft

Best Web Service

Sponsored by Teespring

Best User Experience

Sponsored by pMD

"It Just Works"

Sponsored by Dropbox

Best Travel Hack

Sponsored by KAYAK

Best Mobile App

Sponsored by TripAdvisor

Best Networking Project

Sponsored by Akamai

Best Real-World Application

Sponsored by Palantir

Best Wearable

Sponsored by MLH

Best Hardware

Sponsored by MLH

Honorable Mention (2)

Finalists who built awesome projects.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Peter Boyce II

Peter Boyce II
Founder, RoughDraft VC

Jeff Huang

Jeff Huang
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Brown University

Stephanie Castilla

Stephanie Castilla
Adjunct Faculty in Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design

Michael Littman

Michael Littman
Professor of Computer Science, Brown University

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity and Originality
    Is it an out-of-the-box solution? Do they approach the problem in a unique and creative way?
  • Functionality
    Does it accomplish its stated goal? Does it work as is, or does it require additional resources?
  • Design
    Is it easy to understand and use? Design does not have to be visual.
  • Potential Impact
    Does it solve a real problem? How many people would it help?

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