Here are our rules for submission at HooHacks 2021. Breaking these could lead to disqualification.

  • Every submission must be submitted in one prize track. Although projects can qualify for multiple, choose one. If you want help deciding which track to submit to, message an organizer at HooHacks and we can let you know.
  • You may submit to as many sponsor prizes as your project fits under, but you should submit to a sponsor prize only if you qualify for that sponsor prize.
  • You may have a team of as many as 4 people, but no more.
  • You may not submit to other hackathons with the project you built at HooHacks and vice versa.
  • You may not edit your code before hacking starts (12 PM EST March 27th) and you may not edit your code after hacking ends (12PM EST March 28th).
  • You may not submit a project without your teammates' permission.
  • If you take significant code from a non-HooHacks source (i.e. not from a workshop or mentor), note down the link for that code and include it in an .txt file labeled "sources" in your code submission. "Significant" is purposefully vague, but pretty self explanatory. If you are unsure whether or not something is significant, put it down anyways.
  • You must publish your code via GitHub. If you REALLY do not want your code to be available publicly, contact an organizer at the hackathon and we can assist you. To learn more about how to use GitHub, watch our How To Submit video playlist or our Git workshop, detailed here.
  • Not an enforced rule but rule of thumb for the rest of your life: do not put your API keys in your Github repo!
  • Remember: Being at HooHacks is a privilege. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. We can and will remove you if you are making the experience a negative one for any participating people and will take further action if necessary.

Prize Tracks

For each of the prize tracks, there will be a two prizes (one first place and one second place). You must apply to only one of these prize tracks.

To help you generate ideas for these tracks, we've listed out prompts as examples for each category but  hackers do not have to stick with one of these prompts. We will also be having an idea generation period during the hackathon with experts from each field to help refine your ideas.

All prizes listed below are 1 per team member unless otherwise specified.

Accessibility and Empowerment by Leidos and UVA Engineering

Help improve the lives of the disabled, those in poverty, and members of marginalized or minority groups!

  • How can global climate change initiatives be more accessible and feasible for developing countries to implement?
  • How can video conferencing platforms be modified to be more accessible for people with auditory and visual impairments?
  • Food deserts are communities without access to food with nutritional value. How can we provide communities with the means to access nutrition?
1st Prize: $250 Gift Card
2nd Prize: $125 Gift Card

Art and Gaming

Exactly that. One cannot define art. Speak to people. Change minds. The possibilities are endless – surprise us!

  • What creative outlets could be viable in a post-pandemic age of online connectivity?
  • How can we best bring attention to lesser known artistic communities?
  • Can we modernize past formats for games to bring a new spin?

1st Prize: GAOMON Graphics Tablet
2nd Prize: Keychron Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

Finance by Capital One

Build a creative solution to a problem you see within finance!

  • Design and build an application to calculate a user's credit score. 
  • Use machine learning to track a user’s spending habits by categorizing purchases, alerting the user for repeat purchases, etc.
  • Identify an area in which the experience of banking can be enhanced and build an application to improve it.

1st Prize: $250 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Prize: Roku Premiers


Technology has changed but schools haven’t. Build something to modernize education and solve the problems education faces today.

  • How can we make online learning more fun and engaging for young students?
  • How can we encourage students to stay organized?
  • How can we create a positive and uplifting community of teachers?
1st Prize: AirPods
2nd Prize: SIMREX Mini Drone


Take steps to make your community more healthy, or help improve the health industry as a whole!

  • How can we get people to work out while they may be stuck at home?
  • How can we incentivize healthy eating and diet habits?
  • How can we help people focus on and improve their mental health?

1st Prize: Apple Watch Series 3
2nd Prize: Fitbit


Materially improve your local neighborhood’s environment, or educate your peers, before we all die!

  • What initially small changes could contribute to aiding global sustainability efforts when gradually implemented by communities at-large?
  • As the world adapts to newer technologies, how can we prevent efforts against sustainability?
  • With the existence of eco-friendly options that are both old and new, how can we bring awareness to these options?
1st Prize: Airpods 2nd Gen + Adult Kick Scooter
2nd Prize: Bonzai Starter Kit

Data Science

Model and predict complex patterns in the real world! Choose your own adventure...

And! For the first time ever, gather data from our hackers for your data science project! Come to the opening ceremony to learn more.

  • Design an application that allows users to upload pictures of trash and predicts when it is recyclable or compostable.
  • Make a browser extension that detects fake news.
  • Build an interactive map of Charlottesville overlaid with historic sites and their information.
1st Prize: Switch Lite
2nd Prize: Arc Mouse

Sponsor Prizes

Our awesome sponsors are giving out some pretty cool prizes! Teams can submit to any number of sponsor prizes, but are required to write how their project qualifies for each of the sponsor prizes in their submission.

Unless otherwise noted, these prizes are per team member.

* This prize is per team.

echoAR - Best use of echoAR

Participants must use the echoAR platform as part of their project to be eligible for this prize.
Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card*, 3-month free Business Tier Access to echoAR, and a chance to be featured on echoAR's Inspiration page

Google Cloud- Best use of Google Cloud

Participants must use and describe usage of the Google Cloud Platform to be eligible for this prize.

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:
Prize: Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards (US winners) OR Google branded Parkland backpack (International Winners)

Sustainable IT - Most Sustainable Hack

Participants must describe how their hack is sustainable or encourages sustainability in others in order to be eligible for this prize.
Prize: $500 Gift Card*

MLH - Best Domain Registered with

Participants must register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using during the weekend to be eligible for this prize. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team.
Prize: PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Backpack

MLH - Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (x2)

Build a hack using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator. There will be two winning teams!
Prize: Grove Beginner Kit/person for both teams

MLH - Best use of DataStax Astra

Participants must build a hack using DataStax Astra’s Cassandra-made-easy service in order to be eligible for this prize.

Apache Cassandra is one of the most widely used database technologies in modern computing with a proven track record of scalability. Just ask Apple, Netflix and eBay. Build a hack using DataStax Astra’s Cassandra-made-easy service and gain in-demand skills along with a chance to win Blue Snowball Microphones for you and your whole team. It’s easy to sign up with 5GB free and no credit card needed. Start becoming a Cassandra expert today!
Prize: Blue Snowball Microphones

Other Prizes

Here are some other ways you can win prizes at HooHacks!

Overall Winner

All projects submitted to a prize track are eligible for this prize! Our team and judges decide together who we think had the best hack of the hackathon.

Along with our prize, each winning team member will receive tickets to Pinnacle USA, which invites the nation's best developers, designers, and creators to compete in the "Olympics of Hackathons" in Fall 2021. More information can be found here:
Prize: iPad and entry into Pinnacle Hackathon (along with an all-expenses paid ticket to San Francisco)

Beginner Prizes

Getting started is the hardest step of all. That's why we reward teams of hackers where at least half of the members on the team are attending their first hackathon. All projects submitted by such a team are automatically eligible for this prize.
Prize: Sony XB10, Google Home Mini, Smart Plugs, and a 1 year subscription to the Codex

Raffle Submissions

Submit entries into our data science collection software for a chance to win items at our raffle! Each entry into the projects is one entry into the raffle.

Want to submit a form to collect data for your hack? Come to opening ceremonies to learn more about how you can!
Prize: Xbox, PowerBeats, Polaroid Camera, MERGE Cube and VR Headset Bundle, Raspberry Pis and More!

Puzzle Tournament

Race the clock (and other hackers) with your team during our mind-boggling puzzle tournament! No technical experience necessary. Just bring your problem solving selves and have a good time.

In order to give you all full time to enjoy the puzzle tournament, puzzle submissions will be accepted until judging ends and the winners of the hackathon are announced on Monday, March 29th.

Here's an example puzzle from our newsletter:
Prize: Google Home

Fun Activity Prizes

Compete in a fun activity against other hackers for all the glory (and sometimes food)! See our schedule for more info.
Prizes: Various

See you at HooHacks!

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