We’ve come a long way since our first hackathon. After seven iterations of HackDartmouth, we’re more excited than ever to innovate this year!

This spring, HackDartmouth VIII will again combine experiential learning with friendly competition. With company-sponsored workshops and the chance to develop and refine skills, we’re bringing hundreds of students from across the nation to learn, hack, and create for a weekend.

The day of the event features twenty-four hours of coding, swag, and amazing prizes! Mark your calendars for April 15-16, 2023!

Note: Only students who have received an acceptance email can participate. Cross-submissions to other hackathons are not allowed.


  1. Team Name
  2. Team Members
  3. Project Title
  4. Project Description
    1. Problem Statements
    2. Software Details
  5. Video demo (under 2 minutes)
  6. Link to GitHub (make sure it is public)


  • All final changes to the project on GitHub must be done before judging begins on Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 12:00 pm. Failure to submit will result in disqualification. Teams should regularly commit to the team repository throughout the hackathon. Team repositories that are committed in their entirety near the close of the hackathon, Sunday, April 16, 2023, will be examined closely and the team may be disqualified for a rule violation.
  • Project submissions will be randomly code-reviewed. Projects will be spot-checked by code reviewers. All the projects the judges select as finalists will be code-reviewed to confirm that the code is original work created at the hackathon and that all licensed components and assets conform to the licenses allowed in these rules.

Hackathon Sponsors


$12,592 in prizes

[Fourth Place] JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speakers

[Fifth Place] Fitness Tracker Watch

[Second Place] Beats Wireless Headphones

[Third Place] Desktop HD Monitor

[Sixth Place] JBL Wireless Earbuds

[Best Beginner] Gaming Keyboard

[First Place] Nintendo Switch Lite

Contrary Capital - Sponsored Prize - Founder Starter Kit

Contrary Capital is a venture fund that identifies the world's top early-career engineers, designers, and product minds, connects them with a close-knit, career-long support community, and invests in companies they start or join. They are providing a founder starter kit worth $5k in AWS credits, free Figma education, $1k in Notion credits, and 90% off DocSend. One of the best prizes, if you're looking to continue your project after the hackathon.

AngelList - Sponsored Prize - Startup Support

AngelList is a US-based platform that connects startups, investors, and job seekers in the technology industry. They are wavering all Stack fees for the top 5 Hackathon participants that go on to turn their project into a real company ($500 value per company) This also includes all fees for running their first RUV on AngelList. ($1K - $2.5K value per company) In addition, you'll have the opportunity to meet with founders of companies, help with network introductions, and qualify for a chance at a check from AngelList's employee fund ($25K - $50K check sizes).

Echo 3D - Sponsored Prize - 1-month FREE Business Plan

Convex - Sponsored Prize - FREE Convex Pro account (8)

Convex is the backend application platform with everything you need to build your product. Convex functions, a database, file storage, scheduling, search, and realtime updates fit together seamlessly and are accessible from client libraries for your favorite environment. They are giving out a free Convex pro account for winning projects that incorporate their technology.

Convex - Sponsored Prize - Lego Set

On top of the free Convex Pro account, Convex will also be giving a mysterious cool lego set!

[Ninth Place] Xbox Gift Card

[Seventh Place] ALTEC Lansing Speaker

[Eighth Place] Amazon Echo Dot

[Tenth Place] Disposable Cameras

[Best Design] Nintendo Plushies

MLH Best Domain Name from Domain.com - Domain.com Branded Backpack

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

MLH Best Accessibility Hack sponsored by Fidelity - Fidelity Branded Wireless Charger

At Fidelity, accessibility is viewed as a major key to the success of their business, which is why they are challenging you to come up with innovative ways to make tech more accessible! We want you to use your hacking skills to find and build solutions that put opportunities and resources within reach to all communities. The team with the best accessibility hack will win a Fidelity branded wireless charger for each team member!

MLH Best Blockchain Project Using Hedera - Glorious Modular Compact Mechanical Keyboard

Hedera is a next generation blockchain technology that’s accessible from familiar programming languages like Java and JavaScript. Their goal? To make Web3 development even more accessible to hackers like you! Build a project on Hedera's test network for a chance to win amazing Glorious Modular Compact Mechanical Keyboards for you and your team!

MLH Best Use of Appwrite - Fitbit Inspire 2 Tracker

Building a full-stack application can be time consuming, especially if you’re more of a frontend developer or lack experience with things like databases or authentication. At hackathons you want to make every minute count, which is why Appwrite is the missing ingredient to your recipe for a successful hack. With all the core backend functionalities you need already pre built and ready for customization, all you’ll need to do is make an API call to take advantage of an Appwrite database, media storage, user auth, and even custom compute functions. Use Appwrite in your hack this weekend for a chance to take home some Fitbits for you and your team.

MLH Best Use of MATLAB - Wireless YoYo Speaker

MATLAB and Simulink are computational tools used at over 100,000 businesses, government and university sites in over 190 countries. Use MATLAB and/or Simulink exclusively or integrate them into another tool for your next hack to win an exclusive MathWorks branded Wireless YoYo Speaker! You can also claim a free MATLAB software license to get started.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Vico Lee

Jessica Cheng

Timothy Pierson

Timothy Pierson
Computer Science Professor at Dartmouth College

Elliot Katz

Elliot Katz

Ardelle Ning

Ardelle Ning

Shaamil Shaw Alem

Shaamil Shaw Alem
Contrary Capital

Jeff Chu

Jeff Chu
Features Capital

Corey Burchman

Corey Burchman
Acreage Holdings

Soroush Vosoughi

Soroush Vosoughi
Computer Science Professor at Dartmouth College

Andrew Campbell

Andrew Campbell
Computer Science Professor at Dartmouth College

Sujay Jayakar

Sujay Jayakar

Danilek Lee

Danilek Lee

Judging Criteria

  • Usage
    How easy to use and easy to understand is their hack?
  • Creativity
    How creative is their hack? Have you seen many ideas like this before or is this very unique?
  • Technical (non-beginners only)
    Is their hack technically challenging? Have they shown their skills well, and have they shown how to effectively use technology to bring an idea to life?
  • Design
    How creative and engaging is the design of their hack?
  • Impact
    Is their hack going to impact people's lives positively? Are they helping a particular community?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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