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!


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


Hackathon Sponsors


$3,000 in prizes

First Place Overall

First place overall

Second Place Overall

Second place overall

Third place overall

Third place overall!

Most innovative use of the Wolfram Technology Stack

One Year License of Mathematica for students and a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

Best use of the Groupon API

$100 Groupon Gift Cards for each member of the team.

Best use of the Dwolla API (2)

Raspberry Pi Starter Kits for each team member.

Best use of the Rdio API

2-years Rdio Unlimited for each member of the winning team.

Best Healthcare Hack - IMO (4)

1 IPad mini per team member.

Best “Just Makes Life Easier” Hack - Venmo

$500 paid out via Venmo.

The most creative use of the Firebase API (9)

Beats By Dre Headphones for each person on the team. In addition, the top 3 apps built with Firebase will receive 6 months of the Firebase Bonfire plan ($900 value)

Most Sophisticated Hardware Hack - Octopart

$150 worth of parts.

Best Use of Data - Answers

Answers Swag Basket with (5) $100 Cash Gift Cards

"Most Technically Challenging" Hack - Andreesen Horowitz (2)

Jawbone Up Bands for each team member.

Best Wearable Hack - Pebble

3 Pebble Steels.

Best Use of John Deere API

$500 VISA gift card.

Best way to connect two different people - Trunk Club

$500 cash.

Most Scalable Hack - Niksun

$500 to be sent to the team.

Coolest Hack - Neustar (2)

There are 2 prizes being given out with this award.

$300 to the top team.
$200 to the second team.

Most Maintainable, Testable, Correct Hack - Goldman Sachs

$500 for the team with the most maintainable, testable, correct, and best designed hack.

Best use of the Yahoo API

$500 to the team!

Best Use of Image Recognition (2)

$500 for the team.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

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?

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