Our goal is to provide you with an environment that nurtures inspiration. Whether or not you end up submitting a project, we hope that you leave JayHacks with new tools in your problem solving repertoire!


  • Must be 18 years or older to particpate
  • Must currently be a high school or university student


  • Each team may only submit one project.
  • If your team submits a project, you must present at the project expo.
  • All projects must be submitted to DevPost by 10am on Sunday, February 19th.

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,080 in prizes

Grand Prize

iPad Mini 4 + Smart Cover

2nd Place

Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones

3rd Place

Amazon Echo

Best Mobile Application

Fitbit Alta

Best Web Application

Chromecast Ultra

Most Elegant Code

The team whose project had the most elegant code will receive purchased PDF copies of the Art of Computer Programming by Donald Knuth.

Best With Wolfram Tech Award - Sponsored by Wolfram|Alpha

A yearly subscription to Wolfram services for each team member.

1517 Award - Sponsored by 1517 Fund

$1000 for the winning team to continue development of their project.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Jake Kramer

Jake Kramer

Matt Kirkland

Matt Kirkland

Patrick Flor

Patrick Flor
Volley Labs

Peter Lesslie

Peter Lesslie

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    We want your projects to be new and interesting, not just rehashing old ideas. Come up with some truly innovative project ideas!
  • Design
    Although projects that just run from the command line are a classic, we want to encourage you to make your project both look good and feel good to use.
  • Usefulness
    Your project should fill some need that people have. This doesn't just have to be useful to developers, try to think about your target audience.
  • Awesomeness
    This is a criteria that is difficult to describe, but easy to say when you see it. It's the ability of your project to wow people when they see it, and is more subject to the opinions of judges than others.

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