sunhacks is a yearly Fall hackathon (ideathon, coding marathon, prototyping marathon, etc) designed to support students in their innovative journeys. sunhacks is for students of all skill levels, and our job as organizers is to support you by providing the resources you need to achieve your development dreams. We provide you with workshops, mentors, community connections, and peers who are motivated to help each other succeed and reach their goals.


In order for participants to be eligible for judging the Devpost project must contain a maximum four (4) minute video, the project write up, and evidence of work done (code and github where applicable, zip). Some sponsor prizes may have explicit requirements as well.

In the instance there are team members, all team members must be registered for the hackathon individually and must be tagged in the devpost submission before the soft submission deadline.

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,501 in prizes

First Place

Official Creality Ender 3 V2 Upgraded 3D Printer Integrated Structure Design with Carborundum Glass Platform Silent Motherboard and Branded Power Supply.

Carvana will also be giving out Beats Headphones to the winners of First Place!

Second Place

Beats by Dr. Dre - Solo³ The Beats Icon Collection Wireless On-Ear Headphones - Matte Black

Third Place

All-new Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen, 2021 release) | HD smart display with Alexa and 13 MP camera | Charcoal

Hacker's Choice

JBL CLIP 3 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker - Black

Hackers vote for their favorite project!

Best Health Hack

Ostrichpillow Light Travel Pillow for Airplane Neck Support - Travel Accessories for Head Rest, Power Nap on Flight - Moonlight Blue

Best Sustainability Hack

LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with 2-Stage Integrated Filter Straw for Hiking, Backpacking, and Travel

Best Accessibility Hack

Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock for Kids, Heavy Sleepers, Bedroom, with Sunrise Simulation, Sleep Aid, Dual Alarms, FM Radio, Snooze, Nightlight, Daylight, 7 Colors, 7 Natural Sounds, Ideal for Gift

Most Aesthetic Hack

The Original BUDDHA BOARD Art Set: Water Painting w/ Bamboo Brush & Stand for Mindfulness & Meditation – Inkless Drawing Board - Painting & Art Supplies – Ideal Relaxation Gifts for Women or Men

Best Data Hack

Razer BlackWidow V3 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard: Green Mechanical Switches - Tactile & Clicky - Chroma RGB Lighting - Compact Form Factor - Programmable Macro Functionality, Classic Black

For projects in Data Science, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence

Best Hardware Hack

kuman Compatible For Arduino Raspberry pi Sensor kit, 37 in 1 Robot Projects Starter Kits with Tutorials Compatible for Arduino RPi 3 2 Model B B+ K5

Most Useless Hack

THIS DOES NOT MEAN IT DOES NOT WORK, it means no one would ever use it (or it's a very specific solution to a very specific problem).

Crazy Aaron's Transparent Thinking Putty - 4" Falling Water Liquid Glass See Through Putty Tin - 90 Grams, Never Dries Out

Best Icarus Hack

Grow Your own Bonsai kit – Easily Grow 4 Types of Bonsai Trees with Our Complete Beginner Friendly Bonsai Seeds Starter kit – Unique Seed kit Gift idea

For projects that flew too close to the sun

Best Rookie Hack - ./SoDA

$50 Amazon Gift Card

All participants must be in the first or second year of their undergraduate program, and sunhacks is their first hackathon.

Best Use of AWS - Amazon

Your choice of Amazon devices: Echo, Echo Show 5, Echo Dot + Auto, Kindle, or Halo Band (international availability may vary)

Build a meaningful project that uses AWS services effectively (please include your AWS architecture in your project demo).

Best Project Addressing Climate Change - Amazon

Your choice of Amazon devices: Echo, Echo Show 5, Echo Dot + Auto, Kindle, or Halo Band (international availability may vary)

In 2019, Amazon co-founded The Climate Pledge—a commitment to be net-zero carbon by 2040. Develop a project with positive impacts on climate change. Projects will be judged both on potential impact as well as adoption/feasibility.

Best Hack for Social Good - State Farm

Winners will be given Raspberry Pis!

The Best Use of AssemblyAI API - AssemblyAI

$200 Amazon gift card per person

American Airlines (3)

We are looking for an innovative solution that improves the lives of either our customers or our team members. If you would like to bounce ideas off us before you start coding - please come post in our channel and we’d love to give you feedback.

1st Place: 100K AAdvantage miles
2nd Place: 75K AAdvantage miles
3rd Place: 50K AAdvantage miles
You can use these points to fly anywhere that American flies - and as the largest airline in the world - that’s a lot of places!

(These miles are per team, so if your team has 2 members and wins 1st, you each get 50,000 AAdvantage miles)

Best Use of Auth0

Auth0 wants your applications to be secure! Use any of the Auth0 APIs for a chance to win some exclusive swag, including a Miir 12oz tumbler, Rubiks Cube, and sticker! Why spend hours building features like social sign-in, Multi-Factor Authentication, and passwordless log-in when you can enable them through Auth0 straight out of the box? Save some time on your hack and set yourself up for a big win. It doesn’t take much to get started. Auth0 is free to try with up to 7,000 free active users and unlimited log-ins. Make your new account today!

Best Domain Name from

Register a .tech 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.

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 backpack.

Best Space App powered by Space Force

The sky is not the limit! Try your hand at making a space-themed application for a chance to win a wireless Bluetooth speaker for you and your team from the U.S. Space Force! We’re looking for amazing solutions to any space-related problems you can imagine. For any sci-fi enthusiast, this is the perfect opportunity to push the limits of your creativity by building the technology of tomorrow, today. We can’t wait to see the solutions you build!

Please note: the majority of your team members must be located in the United States to qualify.

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Design
  • Originality
  • Functionality
  • Complexity

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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