Ever wanted to build the next Snapchat? Program a drone? Build a website that connects people across the globe? Come to HackTJ and work with your friends to build something cool, learn new tricks, and have a fantastic time!

Check out our Resources tab for FAQs and our Rules tab for our submission requirements.

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$5,036 in prizes

Best Overall Hack

Our HackTJ 10.0 Grand Prize Winner! Each member of the winning team gets a Nintendo Switch!

Best Web App

Any website or application that runs in a browser. Each member of the winning team gets a UE Boom 3 speaker and 3 months of Spotify Premium!

Best Mobile App

Any standalone mobile application. Each member of the winning team will receive a pair of Beats Fit Pro earbuds!

Best AI/ML Hack

The best hack that has the most creative use of AI/ML! Each member of the winning team will receive a Razer Barracuda X Gaming Headset!

Best Design Hack

The hack with the best design/aesthetically pleasing elements. Each member of the winning team will win a GK61 Mechanical Keyboard!

Best Social Impact Hack

The hack that has has the largest community impact. Each member of the winning team will win a Fitbit Charge 5, and as a bonus, HackTJ will donate $100 to a charity of your choice!

Best Beginner Hack

All team members must be in their first year of programming. Each member of the winning team will win a Logitech G502 Hero Mouse!

Topic Prizes (6)

The best hacks in each category. If your team wins another prize, you are ineligible to win a topic prize. Each member of the 6 winning teams will receive Amazon Echo Dots, JBL Go Speakers, 20,000 mAh Powerbanks, Nest Minis, or Blue Microphones! Lot's of great prizes here :)

Children's National Hospital Sponsor Prize

Design an App that supports the Food Pharmacy Program at Childrens National

The goal of the food pharmacy program is to improve patient health by creating easy access to foods that help with the management of diabetes and to reduce barriers to routine attendance at clinic appointments by co-locating food assistance with medical care. Children diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes (Types 1 and 2) who also screen positive for food insecurity are given a prescription for medically-tailored groceries, which can be filled immediately on site.

The supply includes both produce and shelf-stable items. Families are also provided with information about where to find additional help obtaining food, along with nutrition education materials.

Learn more at https://childrensnational.org/news-and-events/childrens-newsroom/2022/on-site-pharmacy-brings-groceries-to-kids-and-families

Each member of the winning team will receive a plethora of Children's Hospital Merch and lots of recognition!

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Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    Does your product introduce a new approach or perspective, technical, analytical, or visual?
  • Functionality
    Does the product function as intended? Is it robust and easy to interact with?
  • Design
    Is the hack aesthetically pleasing? Does the design of the hack elevate its message?
  • Technical Complexity
    Does the hack demonstrate good understanding of the technologies used? Did the hackers challenge themselves?
  • Presentation
    How well did the team present? Did they know their project and technology well?

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