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.


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.

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,050 in prizes

First Place

Apple Airpods / Google Pixel Buds (Your choice!)

Second Place


Third Place

Google Home Minis

ITG — Best FinTech Hack

$500 Amazon gift card

Optum — Healthcare/Wellness Solution

Amazon Echos for the most innovative Healthcare/Wellness solution hack

RedHat — Best hack using RedHat OpenShift (2)

1st place - $300 Amazon gift card.
2nd place - $200 Amazon gift card.
3rd place - $100 Amazon gift card.

Liberty Mutual — Objectively Human

Create a fun & wacky solution that puts humans at the center of your design to help them live safer and more secure lives.

$100 for each member.

Twilio — Best use of Twilio API

4 MIP Robots

BU Spark — Diverse Team

The best hack from a team comprised of a majority underrepresented minorities in tech. Total award, $250.

BU Spark — Fellowship

The best hack from a BU team interested in continuing their project as a Spark fellowship (BU only). Total award, $250.

BU Spark — Social Good

The best hack that addresses or aids a social issue

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Best Domain Name from

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

410C Dragonboard for each team member

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

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




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?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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