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 do not want your code to be available publicly, you can share your repository with HooHacks (details to come). To learn more about how to use GitHub, watch our How To Submit video playlist or our Git workshop, detailed here.

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.

Accessibility and Empowerment by Leidos

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: TBD
2nd Prize: Tile Essentials Kit

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

Winners 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

Winners must use Google Cloud as part of their project to be eligible for this prize.
Prize: TBD

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. The winners are given a prize from us ALONG WITH an opportunity to enter the Pinnacle Hackathon to compete against  winners from the 49 other top collegiate hackathons. This includes a free trip to San Francisco for Pinnacle!
Prize: iPad and entry into Pinnacle Hackathon (along with an all-expenses paid ticket to San Fransisco)

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 more (TBD)

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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