Open to beginners! Current college students are invited for Syracuse University's 24 hour hackathon with check-in starting at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 15th. Create anything from applications to websites. Work with a team or solo, and present your project the next day for the chance to win cool prizes!





Saturday, February 15th:

10:00 am - 11:00 am   Check-in/Registration - LIFE SCIENCE BUILDING ATRIUM

11:00 am - 11:45 am   Opening Ceremonies - LSB 001

11:45 am                     Team Formation - LSB 001

12:00 pm                      HACKING BEGINS - ATRIUM

12:00 pm                      Lunch - ATRIUM

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm       IBM Cloud Tools Workshop - LSB 105

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm       Build and Deploy a Website - CST 1-019

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm       TCGplayer: Where Play is Encouraged and Development is Key - LSB 105

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm       Intro to Git by IEEE@SU - CST 1-019

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm       IBM Drone Workshop - LSB 105

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm       Building Node.js Apps - CST 1-019

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm       Google Tech Talk - CST 1-019

6:00 pm                        Dinner - ATRIUM

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm       Computer Vision Workshop - LSB 105

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm       JP Morgan Chase Workshop - CST 1-019

8:30 pm - 9:30 pm       Build Apps for Slack - LSB 105

10:30 pm                     Smash Tournament - LSB 105


Sunday, February 16th:

12:00 am                     Midnight Surprise - ATRIUM

1:00 am                       Cup Stacking Competition - ATRIUM

2:00 am                       Giant Jenga - ATRIUM

6:00 am                       Yoga - ATRIUM

7:30 am                       Breakfast - ATRIUM


(8:30 am - 12:00 pm)  CUSEHACKS JR(POSTPONED)

11:30 am                      Lunch - ATRIUM

12:00 pm                      PROJECT SUBMISSION DUE

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm      Expo + Judging Begins - ATRIUM

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm       Judge Deliberation - ATRIUM

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm       Closing Ceremonies - LSB 001



  • Go to our website here to apply!
  • Open to all current college students.
  • No previous coding experience is required.
  • Teams can be up to 3-4 members, or you can work alone.

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$5,530 in prizes

1st Place

Choice of Keyboard, Terabyte of External Hard Drive, or UE Megaboom Speaker

2nd Place

Choice of Keyboard, Terabyte of External Hard Drive, or UE Megaboom Speaker (Whichever are left after 1st)

3rd Place

Choice of Keyboard, Terabyte of External Hard Drive, or UE Megaboom Speaker (Whichever is left)

Best Rookie Hack

Portable Chargers

Best Education, Diversity, or Inclusion Hack

Google Home Minis

Best Hardware Hack

Kasa Smart Multicolor Light Bulbs

Best Presentation


Best "Failed" Hack

Tile Mates (Tracker/Keychain)

Best Use of Google API(s)

Use one (or more) Google APIs or Google Cloud Platform's services and compete for a Google Nest Mini!

IBM Code and Response 1st Place

Best use of IBM Cloud to build a natural disaster preparedness solution. Submissions must use one or more IBM Cloud services or IBM systems. Cash prizes (1st: $1000, 2nd: $500, 3rd: $250). One member of the winning team will be invited to join IBM at Clinton Global Initiative University Leadership Summit being held in Scotland April 15-19.

IBM Code and Response 2nd Place

IBM Code and Response 3rd Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Garrett Katz

Garrett Katz
EECS Assistant Professor | General Category Judge

Jae Oh

Jae Oh
EECS Department Chair | General Category Judge

Jeff Passetti

Jeff Passetti
iSchool Adjunct Faculty | General Category Judge

Kristopher Micinski

Kristopher Micinski
EECS Assistant Professor | Best Rookie Hack Judge

Geethu Joseph

Geethu Joseph
EECS | Best Rookie Hack Judge

Booz Allen Hamilton Representatives

Booz Allen Hamilton Representatives
Best Rookie Hack Judges

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith
iSchool Adjunct Faculty | Best Education, Inclusion, or Diversity Hack Judge

Craig Stanton

Craig Stanton
Administrative Vice President, Retail and Contact Center Technologies at M&T Bank | Best Education, Inclusion, or Diversity Hack Judge

Animesh Yadav

Animesh Yadav
Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor | Best Education, Inclusion, or Diversity Hack Judge

Sarah Weber

Sarah Weber
iSchool Director of Employer & Corporate Relations | Best Presentation Judge

Jack Walton

Jack Walton
J.P. Morgan Corporate and Investment Bank Technology Associate | Best Presentation Hack Judge

Bryan Kim

Bryan Kim
EECS Assistant Professor | Best "Failed" Hack Judge

James Scherzi

James Scherzi
President of Scherzi Systems | Best "Failed" Hack Judge

Jayant Datta

Jayant Datta
EECS Adjunct Faculty | Best "Failed" Hack Judge

Terence Nip

Terence Nip
Software Engineer at Google | Best Use of Google APIs Judge

Jon Foust

Jon Foust
Cloud Developer Advocate at Google | Best Use of Google APIs Judge

IBM Representatives

IBM Representatives
IBM Code and Response Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity
    How high-tech/technically intricate is your project?
  • Creativity/Originality
    How inventive is your project?
  • Design
    How organized/aesthetically pleasing is your project?
  • Impact
    How does your project stand out next to others?

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