We’ve really come a long way since our first hackathon. After three iterations of HackDartmouth and our inaugural HackDay last spring, we’re more excited than ever to innovate this year!

This spring, HackDartmouth IV 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 14-15, 2018!

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,140 in prizes

First Place Overall

Awarded to the best hack in the competition. Winners receive a smart home bundle: 1 Echo Spot, 1 Arlo Security Cam, 1 Philips Hue LightStrip Plus, 1 Smart WiFi Aromatherapy Humidifier, 1 Sonos Speaker, and 1 wemo smart plug.

Second Place Overall

Awarded to the second best hack in the competition. Winners receive a DJI Spark drone.

Third Place Overall

Awarded to the third best hack in the competition. Winners receive a 32-inch TV and 1 chromecast.

Best Data Science Hack

Awarded to the winner of the Dartmouth QSS Challenge (details will be linked from the website once the event begins). Winners receive an AncestryDNA kit.

Best Health Hack

Awarded for the best hack that helps solve a health-related problem. Winners receive a Hidrate Spark 2.0.

Best Digital Art Hack

Awarded to the best hack that merges any art field (visuals, audio, performance, interactive) with digital tools and methods. Winners receive a Wacom Tablet.

Best Dartmouth Community Hack

Awarded to the best hack made by Dartmouth students that improves student life on campus or the Upper Valley community. Winners receive a 4-pack of Tile GPS locators because Dartmouth students are always losing their frackets.

Best Amazon Alexa Hack

Awarded to the best hack that makes use of Amazon Alexa capabilities. Winners will receive an Amazon Echo.

Sponsored Google Prize (2)

Awarded to the hack that demonstrates the best use of a Google API. Winners will receive a Google Home.

Sponsored Facebook Prize

Awarded to that hack that demonstrates the best use of a Facebook API. Winners will receive a 2017 Samsung Gear VR Headset with Controller.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • All hacks must be built at Dartmouth by registered and accepted participants.
  • Teams may include up to four members.


  • A valid submission is a hack produced at HackDartmouth from start to finish.
  • Submissions must be made to DevPost by 12:00 PM Sunday, April 15. Please include an accurate description and photo, screenshots, a video, or Powerpoint presentation of the hack.


Xia Zhou

Xia Zhou
Associate Professor of Computer Science

Charles Palmer

Charles Palmer
Adjunct Professor of Computer Science

Lorie Loeb

Lorie Loeb
Director of Digital Arts Program

Natalie Jung

Natalie Jung
DALI Design Resident

Michael Herron

Michael Herron
Chair of QSS Program

Sean Westwood

Sean Westwood
Assistant Professor of QSS

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    How creative is their hack? Have you seen many ideas like this before or is this very unique?
  • Technical
    Is their hack technically challenging? Have their shown their skills well and 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?
  • Usage
    How easy to use and easy to understand is their hack?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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