Welcome to VandyHacks VI - Vanderbilt University's annual collegiate hackathon! We welcome hackers of all skill levels and backgrounds to attend our event. Our official hacker guide can be found at hackerguide.vandyhacks.org.

For any other inquries or to view the schedule, please visit vandyhacks.org


  • Participants must be enrolled in a college, university, or trade school (or have graduated within the past 12 months) and possess a student ID.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Team sizes are encouraged to be capped at 4 participants.
  • Participants should be excited for a fun-filled weekend!


You can have a project, mock up, slide deck, demo, anything! We want to see your hard work. We are hosting a How to Demo workshop at 9:00 am before the expo teaching you how to present your project to judges and other hackers.

If you're submitting a project for best design incorporating a VH logo, use this Google form to submit your design. 

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$12,477 in prizes


4K OSMO Pocket: a smarter, better version of the GoPro; awarded to the best team all around. These winners will also receive drones.

Runner Up Masterpiece

Nintendo Switch Lite, awarded to the runner-up for best overall project.

Honorable mention


A Code of Art

One by Wacom Graphic Drawing Tablet, awarded to the most stylistically inspiring project.

Workshop Warrior

KOPACK Lightweight Laptop Backpack, awarded to the best hack utilizing a tool or tech taught in a workshop. Winners must have attended the corresponding workshop.

Code For Good

Awarded to the best hack dedicated to social good, these hackers can pick their charity of choice to donate to.

Zero to Hero

Polaroid Camera (Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera), awarded to the best hack from a team with minimal to no prior experience.

Scavenger Hunt Winners (2)

These winners will receive *artful* prizes for their zeal and dedication to completing the scavenger hunt!

Typing Competition Winner

Tech case organizer; come to the typing competition at noon on Saturday, November 2nd for a chance at winning this prize!

The "We Couldn't Think of Design Name" Prize

A Mini photo printer awarded to the best design that incorporates the VH logo

Most Innovative Use of Public Info for Sustainbility Goals, Presented by AllianceBernstein

Awarded to the Most Innovative Use of Public Information to rank companies on their progress toward the UN sustainable development goals. Winners get $50 gift cards and guaranteed interviews.

Best Expo Pitch, Presented by Macy's Tech

Awarded to the best presentation at the exposition. Winners get $100 Macy's gift card.

Hillman's Hardware Challenge, Presented by Hillman (2)

Using Hillman's prototype hand scanner (which you can check out from their sponsor booth), build a scanner for measuring hand size for Hillman's personal-protection gloves product line, using machine learning. Winners get Raspberry Pi 4 kit.

Best Financial Literacy Hack, Presented by Vanguard

Build a technology to help increase financial literacy to educate low-income families on their financial health. Winners get Vanguard blankets.

Most Outside the Box Hardware Hack, Presented by BNY Mellon

Build the most creative and outside the box hardware hack. Winners get Raspberry Pi kits.

Best Use of GIPHY SDK, Presented by GIPHY Engineering

Build the best project using GIPHY SDK. Winners get 3D printing pen.

Best Geospatial Application, Presented by L3 ForceX

Awarded to the best project with the geospatial applications. Winners get L3 backpack with swags.

Reimagine Banking Challenge, Presented by Capital One

Awarded to the most innovative banking application. Winners get $250 Amazon gift cards.

Stop by Fulcrum Booth on the 2nd Floor - Raffle Prizes!

Stop by the Fulcrum booth on the 2nd floor to enter a raffle to win the following:

Grand Prize - Boosted Board Mini X
2nd Place - 64GB iPhone 11 Pro Max
3rd Place - Sony Wireless Stereo Headsets
4th Place - Silver Apple Watch
5th Place - Google Pixel 4 XL
6th Place - Google Pixel 4
7th Place - iPhone 11

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com branded backpack for each team member.

Stop by Red Venture's Booth on the 1st Floor - Raffle Prizes!

Check in at RV's booth to enter their raffle to win Amazon Echoes or Google Home Minis!

Best use of Google Cloud

Google Home Minis for each team member.

Best use of MongoDB

Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud! Automate the provisioning and deployment process with ease, while focusing all your efforts on your hack. Projects built using MongoDB Atlas will be eligible to win an AirCharge Plus per team member.

Best Automation Hack with UiPath

Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with high recommendation!

Best Use of Twilio

Create a hack using Twilio's powerful communications API. Do things like send SMS messages, phone calls, email, and much more in your project. The team that has the best use of Twilio will win a $50 Amazon gift card per team member.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Catie Chang

Catie Chang
Vanderbilt Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

Fernanda M Eliott

Fernanda M Eliott
Data Science Institute Postdoctoral fellow

Judging Criteria

  • Presentation
  • Creativity
  • Utility
  • Technical Ability

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