SD Hacks is an intercollegiate hackathon where student hackers from all over the world come together to create innovative solutions in 36 hours. We're hosting a dedicated hardware lab, maker space and a virtual reality lab, in addition to the many cloud APIs, prizes, and swag offered by our incredible sponsors.

Hackathon Sponsors


Grand Prize

Best Overall Hack.
Prizes include: Nintendo Switch, DJI Spark , Wireless Studio^3 Beats by Dre, Amazon Gift Card $300 Retail Value

2nd Place

2nd Best overall hack.
Prizes include: Intel Compute Stick, Amazon Echo Plus, PS4, Amazon $200 Gift Card

3rd Place

3rd Best overal hack.
Prizes include Amazon Card $100 Store Credit, Snapchat Spectacles, Fitbit Charge Charge 2, Apple TV 4K (32GB).

DoD Track Prize by SPAWAR

Each member of the winning team will receive an interview with SPAWAR as well as tours of their robotics and AR/VR facilities.

NAVAIR FRCSW Advanced Technology and Innovation Sponsor Prize

We have a behind the scenes of the Coronado Island Naval Air base, home of the F-18 and E2-C2 defense and communications aircraft. The prize will include a tour of production and repair facilities, face to faces with base leadership, and insight into up and coming innovations posed to transform the Navy's operations.

Northrop Challenge: Build Rome in a Day with an FPGA (3)

1st place:
- $500 gift card

2nd place:
- $300 gift card

3rd palce:
- $100 gift card

Best use of DocuSign's eSignature API (2)

Create a novel hack that involve preparing, signing, sending and managing the status of "digital envelopes".

1st place will receive:
- $2000 cash
- Internship/full-time interview
- VIP access to DocuSign Momentum Conference in San Francisco
- Pitch your winning project to SVP Engineering
- Will be featured on the Developer Center and will be showcased on DocuSign's social media platforms

2nd place will receive:
- $1000 cash

Best Neural Gaming Prize by PoNG

Create a sensor-enabled game or experience to make what is invisible in the everyday world around us visible for users to explore and understand.

One winning team will get an Amazon gift card and an opportunity to present their work at Fleet's Genius in the House series.

Best Enhancement That Helps Seniors Thrive Independently at Home

Develop an enhancement for a senior who has (pick one or multiple): a) sensory impairment (hearing loss and/or vision loss); and/or b) pain in their joints (limiting their grip strength and/or lower extremity mobility with increased risk of falls).

One winning projects gets:
- Amazon Gift Card
- Copy of the "You Only Old Once" book by Dr. Seuss
- Opportunity to present at the division of Geriatrics and Gerontology

Nanome Blockchain AR Collectibles Challenge

Create an ERC721 Ethereum contract to give ownership to collectible 3D objects of your choice.

One winning team will receive 2500 Matryx Tokens (MTX) + Media mentions

Best Use of

Use Authorize.Net’s payment solutions (API, SDK, etc.) in your project. Each winning team member will receive an L20 Gaming Headset.

Snap Kit Weekly Challenge

Use Snap Kit in your hack. One winning team will be selected to receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat.
Sponsored by Snapchat.

Best Chat Bot using Botkit & Cisco Webex Teams

Use the Botkit SDK ( to develop a chat bot that runs on the Cisco Webex Teams platform. One winning team will be selected. Each member of the winning team will receive a power bank.
Sponsored by Cisco Webex Teams

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Use Google Cloud Platform in your hack. Find a full list of GCP products & services at: Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini, max 4 per team.
Sponsored by Google.

Best use of Algolia API

Use Algolia's search API in your project. Each winning team member will receive a Casio Calculator Watch.
Sponsored by Algolia.

Best Domain Registered with

Register a domain using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit.
Sponsored by

Best use of

Use's mapping API or SDK in your project. Each winning team member will receive hacker gear & swag from
Sponsored by

Best IoT Hack using a Qualcomm Device

Use a Qualcomm device, like the Dragonboard 410C, in your IoT project. Each winning team member will receive their own DragonBoard 410C.
Sponsored by Qualcomm.

Best use of Clarifai's API

Use Clarifai's image or video recognition API or SDK in your project. One winning team will be selected to receive hacker gear from Clarifai.
Sponsored by Clarifai

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Judging Criteria

  • Empowerment
    Is the project and the problem complex? Does it tackle an important issue? Will the hack benefit the community?
  • Innovation
    How difficult was it to implement this project? How original was the idea?
  • User Experience
    How is the design and user experience of the project? Is it easy to understand and use? Wow-effect? Does it work?
  • Collaboration
    How effective was their teamwork? Was there a clear direction? Did someone have a leadership role?

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