HopHacks is the bi-annual hackathon hosted at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. This event brings engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs together to explore new ideas, compete for prizes, and create amazing applications. For 36 hours, students work in teams of up to 4 to bring a software or hardware idea to life. This year, HopHacks will be happening virtually through Discord. Apply on our website (link below), and you will receive the Discord invite link upon acceptance.

Teams start working on their hacks (at 9:00 PM) after the Friday evening kickoff event and continue working until Sunday morning (9:00 AM). All submissions MUST be made on Devpost.

All of the prizes, including sponsored prizes, will be judged and announced at the presentation.

See more at https://www.hophacks.com.

Hackathon Sponsors


$24,604 in prizes

Hacking - First Place Overall

Awarded to the team with the highest overall score from the judges ($1024).

Hacking - Second Place Overall

Awarded to the team with the second highest overall score from the judges ($768).

Hacking - Third Place Overall

Awarded to the team with the third highest overall score from the judges ($512).

Hacking - Fourth Place Overall

Awarded to the team with the fourth highest overall score from the judges ($384).

Hacking - Fifth Place Overall

Awarded to the team with the second highest overall score from the judges ($256).

Hacking - Runner Up (5)

Awarded to the remaining finalist teams with the sixth to tenth highest overall score, in no particular order, from the judges ($128).

Wolfram Award (Wolfram) (40)

The Wolfram Award for everyone on the top 10 teams. This award is for a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro. The value of each individual award is $375.00.

FFU Ongoing Venture Prize (FFU) (3)

FFU will be giving away $500 to three teams* interested in continuing their HopHacks project! *At least one member of each team must be a JHU student.

Best Use of Google Cloud - Use any Google Cloud product (Google Cloud) (2)

1st place: Google Cloud branded backpack
2nd place: Google Cloud swag box

Healthineers Choice Hack for Digitalizing Healthcare (Siemens Healthineers)

Audio-Technica AT2035PK streaming/podcasting Pack that includes the AT2035 microphone and ATH-M20x headphones for monitoring, recording, and mixing. Extras include a studio boom arm, mic clip, etc.

Best Application to Support Philanthropic Goals (Bloomberg Philanthropies)

Our judges will be using the following criteria:
Aims to help people and improve lives
Technical difficulty
Technical polish

For the winning team, we will be giving each member a Fitbit.

Best Humanitarian Hack (Yet Analytics)

The team with the best humanitarian hack will win $500.

Best Financial Hack (Capital One)

Capital One would like to challenge HopHacks to create the best financial hack. Money impacts much of our lives and we would like to promote change for good. The winning team members will be awarded $200 Amazon gift cards.

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .tech domain name using Domain.com 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 Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with embedded Arduino Uno compatible board. We select two winning teams for this category. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

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!

Best Web Monetization Project

Coil is all about providing better ways to access and reward the creators, publishers and platforms that you love. Coil members get to view web monetized sites while streaming micropayments directly to the website owner, or in this case, you! In turn, you can react to payments in real time by displaying a thank-you message, unlocking bonus content, features and so much more! The possibilities are endless. Build a web monetized hack using Coil for a chance to win an Anker - PowerCore Quick Charge Portable Charger, exclusive Coil pin and a $60 coil credit redemption card! Bonus points for originality and creativity!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




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
    Judges will rate how unique and innovative your idea is.
  • Technical Skill
    Judges will rate how advanced your design and execution is, so don't be modest!

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