Imagine. Learn. Launch

HackIllinois is a chance for you to spend 36 hours with a team building any project you'd like! You can work on a useful tool you wish existed or a skill or language you want to learn. Web apps, mobile apps, and hardware hacks - Anything goes!

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All participants must be full-time or part-time University students during Spring 2014 except where permission is explicitly given. Participation is closed to family of judges. Participants must be present at HackIllinois.


- Platforms (iOS, Android, Web / Mobile Web, Mac, Windows, hardware hacks)

- Must include submission

- Must select which sponsorship prizes you are going for


How to enter

- Make your app (any platform is accepted) 

- Submit your app

- Attend the product fair

- Wait for judgement announcements and final demos




Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?