Hack@Brown is all about learning. Spend a weekend with us and 400 other students to take a step out of your comfort zone. Make Hack@Brown your event by experimenting with a new platform, API, or that idea that’s always been in the back of your mind!



Undergraduate or graduate students!

Hackathon Sponsors


Facebook Prize

The Facebook prize will be judged on the best hack that "Gives people the power to build community and/or bring the world closer together"

Best First Time Hacker Prize

The majority of the team members must be first-time hackers in order to be eligible for this prize. The winners will receive premium portable charging packs and classic "leather" notebooks.

Most Innovative Hack

Instax Mini 9 cameras for the winning team (up to 4 people)!

Best Hardware Hack

Waterproof bluetooth speakers for each member of the winning team (up to 4)!
Must use actual hardware (i.e. something outside of a phone or laptop) to count as a hardware hack. Using Google Cardboard alone does NOT count.

Best Real World Application

Amazon Echo Dots for each member of the winning team (up to 4)!

Rough Draft Ventures - Most Entrepreneurial Hack

This prize goes to the team most likely to become future founders. We don’t expect you to start a company overnight--a Rough Draft will do!!

The winning team will get a chance to pitch to Rough Draft Ventures.

Best Google Cloud Platform Hack

Submissions must use at least one Google Cloud product or Firebase. We encourage you to check out App Engine, Cloud Storage, Datastore, and our machine learning APIs. The winning team will receive Google Home Minis (up to 4) and Google Chromecasts (up to 4)!

Google Cloud Platform Hack Runner-Up

pMD - Best User Experience

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Sharon Lo

Sharon Lo
PM, Microsoft

Jeff Huang

Jeff Huang
HCI Professor, Brown University

Stephanie Castilla

Stephanie Castilla
Industrial Design Professor, RISD

Peter Haas

Peter Haas
Associate Director, HCRI

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity, Execution, Impact
    Judges will walk around during the expo and pick their favorite projects. Judges come from a variety of backgrounds — engineering, design, business, social impact, and more. Each team will be judged by at least two judges.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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