We unite students of all backgrounds to come together and create meaningful hacks in 24 hours that change the intention and narrative behind how technology is used today. Come join us on October 23-24 to learn, collaborate, and code for good. 

We believe hackathons are more than just about building cool projects. It’s also a place to discuss, share, and bring to life ideas that make a difference. Look forward to working with non-profits, coding alongside industry experts, and above all, collaborating with your peers to create something truly amazing!

Check out our website, 2021.hackduke.org, for more information! 


Submissions are due on Devpost by Sunday 12:30 pm and editing closes at 1:00 pm, though feel free to submit early. We recommend submitting by 11:00 am to ensure that you get a judging/demo slot.

Only one submission is required per team (but make sure to add all team members to the submission). You must include videos, photos, or screenshots of the working product and a link to the source code (GitHub, etc.) of your project.

Your team must be present for in-person/live demos and judging unless specifically communicated with the organizing team (reach out to hackers@hackduke.org). 

Hackathon Sponsors


$5,300 in prizes

Health and Wellness Track (3)

Donation to select charity. First place - $300 donation. Second place - $200 donation. Third place - $100 donation.

Education Track (3)

Donation to select charity. First place - $300 donation. Second place - $200 donation. Third place - $100 donation.

Inequality Track (3)

Donation to select charity. First place - $300 donation. Second place - $200 donation. Third place - $100 donation.

Environment and Energy Track (3)

Donation to select charity. First place - $300 donation. Second place - $200 donation. Third place - $100 donation.

Best Financial Hack

Capital One would like to challenge HackDuke to create the best financial hack. Money impacts much of our lives and we would like to promote change for good. The winning team members will be awarded $200 Amazon gift cards.

Accenture Let There Be Change Award

This award will be judged according to the excellent use of modern technologies (AI, ML, Blockchain, etc.) and overall innovation. The winning team will receive Accenture Goodie Bags and a team dinner with an Accenture Technology Leader at a popular Durham restaurant!

Best Hack For Promoting Duke Student Health & Wellness

Provided by Duke Student Affairs and the Office of Undergraduate Education, this award comes with a $500 prize to the winning team!

Best Media Hack

The best media project will win a Red Ventures Swag Kit (containing shirts, water bottles, and more) courtesy of our sponsor!

Best Quantum Hack

The Duke Undergraduate Quantum Information Society (DuQIS) is excited to present this award to the best quantum project! Anything quantum-related is eligible. There is no set format, so be creative all you want!

Best Use of AssemblyAI API

The team with the best use of AssemblyAI's cutting-edge speech-to-text API will receive $100 Amazon gift cards per team member!

Contrary Capital Prize

Winners of this prize will get the opportunity to pitch their project to the Contrary Capital Venture Partner team for up to $1 million in potential funding!

MLH Prize - Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a .tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi wireless phone charger.

MLH Prize - Best Use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded backpack.

MLH Prize - Best Use of CockroachDB

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for each team member. What's more, all US residents that submit CockroachDB enabled projects will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last!

MLH Prize - Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


HackDuke Sponsors

HackDuke Sponsors

HackDuke Team

HackDuke Team

HackDuke Mentors

HackDuke Mentors

Judging Criteria

  • Feasibility and Impact
    How well does the hack fit the track theme? How well thought-out is the concept itself, with regard to both the problem it aims to solve and the solution that has been proposed?
  • Innovation
    How well does the hack approach the problem from a fresh perspective? Or, does the hack address a unique aspect of the problem that isn't already implemented or developed?
  • Functionality
    How well did the team translate their concept into a working prototype? Is the hack functional, and to what extent? Is it limited to a few examples or test cases, or were you able to operate the hack yourself and use it for its intended purpose?
  • “Wow” Factor
    Did any other aspect of the project "wow" you? How well does the project reflect the unique backgrounds and talents of each team member?
  • Overall Presentation
    How was the overall presentation of the hack? Did the hackers have a prepared pitch, or was it more off-the-cuff? How convincing was the pitch? How well did the hackers understand the scope of their problem?

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