Come have a Hacky Halloween with us!

BostonHacks is Boston University's annual hackathon. 400 students will come from all around North America to form teams around creating an awesome project in 24 hours. Along the way they'll learn about how to use new technologies and will build their experience as developers.

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All students are welcome at BostonHacks!

Unfortunately, our university doesn't allow us to host students under 18 years of age.


Make your project, submit it to Devpost, and demo it during the project expo! You'll have to do all three to be eligible for prizes.

How to enter

Register at! Instructions on making submissions will be given at the event.


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Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount? This is the most important criterion that a hack should be judged upon.
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Pitch
    How well was the project presented? Did it make the hack more compelling? Did it give a good idea of its purpose?