Join us for Virginia Tech's 8th annual hackathon! Live updates and information about the event can be found on our live site or in our Discord


All students are welcomed to participate in VTHacks. US based hackers may qualify for swag eligibility on a first-come-first-served basis if they:

  1. Fill out the registration form for the event by 11:59 PM EST on Saturday 2/27
  2. Check-in on the event's Discord by agreeing to follow the posted #rules
  3. Submit a project to Devpost

International hackers who win a prize will also receive swag. 


  • Submit to Devpost early - you can edit everything in your submission (write up, video, code, website, prizes, etc) all the way up to the deadline which is 11:00 AM EST. Late submissions will not be accepted, so we encourage you to submit early, and update your submission with final changes closer to the deadline.
  • Every submission must have a video demo attached to it.  There's a required field on the submission page where you can link to a video. You can upload any video as a placeholder until you actually have time record a demo.  You can record a video using free software like Open Broadcast Studio, the Google Chrome plugin: Loom, or even Zoom!
  • Don't know what to put in your demo video/project write up?  Checkout this example post which has information about how to make a great demo!
    • definitely mention if this is your (or any of your teammates) first hackathon!!
    • include links to your project code if it's on, Netlify, GitHub, or anywhere else.
    • Also be sure to include the domain of any website you registered through, even if you didn't end up using it.
  • The judging phase starts at 11:15 AM EST and ends at 3:30 PM EST The Judging process will be totally asynchronous meaning that judges are only going to view your Devpost write-up, and submission video (which should be ≤ 3 minutes long), so make sure your submission page looks neat!!  After you submit be sure to vote on other team's projects as well!
  • If you have questions about how to submit to Devpost, drop a question in the Discord  #submission-faq channel (and also read the questions that have already been asked, odds are that your question has been)
  • Remember that you are only allowed to submit projects made during VTHacks 8 (and not at other events, multiple submission is grounds for disqualification).

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,380 in prizes

(1st overall) The Everest Award

Best overall project. Each team member wins a $100 Visa gift card

(2nd overall) The Matterhorn Award

2nd best overall project. Each team member wins a $90 Patagonia gift card

(3rd overall) The Olympus Award

3rd best overall project. Each team member wins a Quadcopter drone.

(Best Beginner) Greenhorn Hack

Best beginner hack. Half of the team must be first time hackers. Each team member wins a $25 UberEats gift card

(Most Polished) 14,000 ft. Hack

Most polished and complete hack. Each team member receives an Incase backpack.

(Best UX/UI) Sherpa Hack

Best User Experience or User Interface hack. Each team member receives an Amazon Fire Stick.

(Most Unique) Strange Yak Award

Most unique hack. Each team member receives a portable hammock.

Capital One | Best Financial Hack

Each winning team member will receive a $250 Amazon gift card

echoAR | Best AR/VR Hack Using echoAR

Best use of echoAR. Each team member receives a $50 Amazon gift card.

MLH | Best Domain Name from

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using 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 & Backpack.

MLH | 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: 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 Parkland backpack.

MLH | Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with an embedded Arduino compatible board. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

MLH | 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 projects submitted that use CockroachDB will receive a free t-shirt!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity
    How challenging or impressive your project is from a software or hardware development perspective.
  • Polish
    How complete the execution of your project is, regardless of its scope or ambition.
  • Originality
    How novel, creative, or outside the box is your idea.
  • Usefulness
    How likely is it that your project could warrant further development as a complete application which other folks would use.

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