BostonHacks: November 10-11 at Boston University!

BostonHacks is Boston University's annual hackathon. 500 students will come from all around North America to create an awesome project in 24 hours. Along the way they'll learn new technologies and gain experience as developers. 

Come join us for a weekend of awesome workshops, fun side events, free food and free swag, and lots and lots of hacking!

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Anyone over the age of 18 who is currently enrolled in a college or university is welcome to attend! Prior programming experience is not required to participate.

To be eligible for prizes, a team can be at most five people. 


Make your project, submit it to Devpost, and demo it during the project expo! You'll have to do all three to be eligible for prizes.


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Ziba Cranmer
BU Spark!

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Abraham Matta
Boston University

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Kendall Weistroffer

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Dharmesh Tarapore
BU Spark!

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Juan Morales
Tyme Wear Co-founder

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Zach Wang
Head of Tech at PinOn

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Kurt Straube
Systems Directory at John Hancock

Judging Criteria

  • 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? This is the most important criterion that a hack should be judged upon.
  • 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?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Pitch
    How well was the project presented? Did it make the hack more compelling? Did it give a good idea of its purpose?