Join us for 36 hours of coding, hardware hacking and free food!

HopHacks is a student run, 36 hour Hackathon at the Johns Hopkins University. This event brings engineers, designers and entrepreneurs together to explore new ideas, compete for prizes, and create amazing applications. It allows skilled students to showcase their hard work and knowledge. The great applications students build in the 36 hours are meant to be the starting point for world changing ideas.

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Prizes

$2,048 in prizes

1st Place Overall

Awarded to the team with the highest overall score from the judges

2nd Place Overall

Awarded to the team with the second highest overall score from the judges

3rd Place Overall (2)

Awarded to the team with the third highest overall score from the judges

Judges' Honorable Mention

Awarded to the Judges' choice for Honorable Mention

Best Use of the SendGrid API

Awarded to the Best Use of the SendGrid API. Sponsored by SendGrid.

Each member of the winning team will receive a Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane Kit

Big Data

Awarded to the best 1-2 person team who has a project that relates to big data (parsing, tagging, cataloguing, etc.). Bonus points for something image related. Sponsored by Livingly Media.

The winning team will receive 2 iPad Airs

Best User Experience

Awarded a the team whose project offers the best user experience. Sponsored by Mission Data. Each member of the winning team will receive a $25 AmEx Gift Card.

Best Use of Facebook's Developer Tools and Integrations

Awarded to the team with the best use of Facebook’s APIs, SDKs, Login, Sharing, Parse, and any other resources available on developers.facebook.com. Sponsored by Facebook. The winning team will receive a Facebook Swag Bag.

Best Use of the Google API

Awarded to the hack that has the best use of the Google APIs. Sponsored by Google. The winning team will receive a Nexus 7 Tablet.

Most Interesting Use of Financial/Economic Data

Awarded to the hack that has the most interesting use of Financial/Economic data. Sponsored by Bloomberg.

Best Healthcare Hack

Awarded to the team with the best healthcare hack. Sponsored by Epic. The winning team will receive a $500 NewEgg gift card.

Best Use of Leap Motion

Awarded to the team that best utilized the Leap Motion. Sponsored by MLH

Hopkins Social Innovation Award

Awarded to the team with the best Social Innovation project. Sponsored by the Social Innovation Lab. The winning team will become an automatic finalist in the Social Innovation Lab's Incubator Competition.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Any university student, regardless of university, may participate. Graduate and undergraduate students from all departments and divisions are welcome.

Requirements

At the end of the hackathon, your team can submit a project on ChallengePost. Your project will then be judged during your 2 minute presentation during our scheduled presentation time.

How to enter

To participate in HopHacks you must be registered through hophacks.com.

Judges

Yanif Ahmad

Yanif Ahmad
Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University

Greg Hager

Greg Hager
Computer Science Department Chair at Johns Hopkins University

Sean Fahey
Vice Provost for Institutional Research at Johns Hopkins University

Yair Flicker
President at SmartLogic

Peter Wayner

Peter Wayner
Consultant & Writer at Wayner.org

Judging Criteria

  • Polish
    Judges will rate how polished your product and code looks, so make sure you submit the neat stuff!
  • Usefulness
    Judges will rate how well your product fills its intended need.
  • Creativity
    Judge will rate how unique and innovative your idea is.
  • Technical Difficulty
    Judges will rate how advanced your design and execution is, so don't be modest!