Our main event is here! To those who travelled from other schools, the BigRed//Hacks team welcomes you to Cornell University. And to our Cornell students, especially our Class of 2023 Hackers, welcome to Cornell's biggest student-run Hackathon! What can you create to save your community?

Below you will find our event schedule:

September 20th
Time Event  
3:00pm Check In Begins (Call Auditorium)  
4:00pm All Buses Arrive  
6:00pm Opening Ceremony (Call Auditorium)  
7:30pm Dinner (PSB)  
8:00pm Hacking Begins
9:00pm Wayfair API Demo (PSB 120)  
10:00pm IBM API Demo (PSB 120)  
11:00pm Google Cloud API Demo (PSB 120)  
September 21st
Time Event
12:00am Insomnia Cookies
8:00am Breakfast
9:30am Hiking @ Beebe Lake
11:00am Bloomberg Demo
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Happy 5th Birthday, BigRed//Hacks!
2:00pm Wayfair Demo
4:00pm Dog Petting (Arts Quad)
5:30pm Shirt Giveaway
6:00pm Cup Stacking
7:00pm Dinner
9:00pm Bowling (Helen Newman)
11:00pm MLH Mini Event: Werewolf
September 22nd
Time Event
12:00am Stargazing
1:00am Ice Cream!
8:00am Hacking Ends + Breakfast
9:30am Project Expo (Open to Public)
11:30am Lunch
12:30pm Closing Ceremony + Prizes (Call Auditorium)
2:00pm Pack Up + Goodbyes
2:00pm Buses Leave (Call Auditorium)

Unless noted otherwise, all events are in the Physical Sciences Building (PSB)



Submission must be an original piece of software, where a significant portion of the code and functionality was designed and written by the team members. 

A significant part of the submission must be created inside of the 36 hour hackathon window, and any external code, images, or content must be equally available to all participants, licensed with permission to use, appropriately attributed, and follow all applicable laws. 

Submissions must follow all applicable laws, may not promote copyright infringement, and may not be obscene or made with the purpose to marginalize or offend any group of people.

Hackathon Sponsors


Wayfair Challenges (3)

1. Best hack to help the housing inequality crisis
2. Best use of open-source data to predict how natural disasters will impact housing inequality

- $500 visa gift card for each winning team.
- $250 donation made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind or The Alliance of Therapy Dogs.
- Opportunity to interview for an internship or full time role at Wayfair.
- Trophy for each team member.

Best use of Google Cloud by Google/MLH (4)

Use any Google Cloud product (cloud.google.com/products) to be eligible.
Grand Prize: Google Home Minis, Cloud Patagonia Backpacks, Cloud Pillows, Cloud Trophies, and Cloud Water Bottles.
Second Place: Google Home Minis
Third Place: Google Home Minis
Fourth Place: Google Home Minis

Best Hack for Social Good by Bloomberg (2)

3-D printing pens

IBM Tech Prize (3)

The Code and Response Codeathoncalls on students to create practical, effective, and high-quality designs and applications based on cloud, data, and artificial intelligence, that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues. We challenge you to develop a solution that will support NaturalDisaster Response and/or Mitigation.

- 1stPlace -$1000 + swag bag + special prize*
- 2ndPlace -$500 + swag bag
- 3rdPlace -$250 + swag bag•Random drawing for 2 Tello Drones

Best Financial Hack by Capital One

$250 Amazon giftcard (for each team member)

BigRed//Hacks Themed Prize

Awarded for the hack that best embodies the theme of this year's hackathon!
Community Superheroes: building things to benefit your community (however you choose to define it!)

Prize: Thanos Gauntlet (oh, snap)

BigRed//Hacks Design Prize

Awarded for the hack with the best design!

Prize: Wacom Intuos Pro Drawing Tablets

BigRed//Hacks Technical Prize

Awarded for the hack that best embodies technical innovation!

Prize: Lego NYC Skyline

BigRed//Hacks Hardware Prize

Awarded for the best hardware hack!

Prize: JBL Speakers

BigRed//Hacks Beginner Prize (2)

Our newbie award! This award goes to the best hack from a team comprised of new hackers only.

Prize: Echo Dot

Best use of Blockstack by MLH

Prize: BeatsX Headphones

Best Automation Hack with UiPath by MLH

Prize: UiPath Backpack and Tour of the UiPath Office

Best use of MongoDB Atlas by MLH

Prize: AirCharge Plus

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com by MLH

Register a domain using Domain.com 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.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Prize Criteria
    All Hacks will be judged based on the criteria specified for each prize.

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