Over 36 caffeine-filled, sleepless hours, students from both the University of Tennessee and outside the university will brainstorm, build, break, test, and deploy whatever they imagine for the chance to win amazing prizes, while interacting with professional mentors and engineers, meeting recruiters, and listening to great tech talks and tutorials from sponsors. When not hacking, take a break to go to outside, meet new people, enjoy a cup stacking competition, pick up that sweet swag, and participate in other mini-games. Did we mention there will also be an excess of free food, hacker-controlled music, many snack breaks, unlimited drinks, and endless caffeine?

For more information, including our FAQ and the link to join our Slack channel, go to volhacks.org.

If you are a sponsor or know a sponsor that would like to help make this event happen, please email sponsor@volhacks.org


Individuals over 18 years in age, who are undergraduate or graduate students at a college or university, or who graduated within the last year. Teams may have up to four members. You also must physically be present to win.


Build whatever you can imagine, as long as it abides by the MLH Code of Conduct and does not violate any University of Tennessee, Knoxville policies.

Specifically, we encourage the submission of hacks composed of software, hardware, VR/AR, IoT/embedded devices, and anything you can conjure up with your laptop and what you have available (which includes MLH's Hardware Lab).

Additionally, we ask that your hack schowcases your work from this weekend. While you may continue working on a preexisting side project, hackathon project, or any other kind of project, please make sure that you have contributed something of value during VolHacks 2018. If you are continuing work on a project, explicitly state what's new and why this contribution is important within the scope of your project both here on Devpost and when pitching your project to the judges.

See the Judging Criteria section for what the presentation round judges and the final round judges will be looking for in your hack.

Note: All prizes listed are given to each member of the winning team, so make sure everyone is listed as a contributer on your project's submission.

Hackathon Sponsors


$26,572 in prizes

1st Place

Prizes: DJI Spark Drone with Remote Control
JetBrain Subscriptions
Year subscriptions of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro

2nd Place

Prizes: GoPro 5 Hero Session with a bunch of mounts
Year subscriptions of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro

3rd Place

Prizes: Amazon Echo Show
Year subscriptions of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Asurion Sponsor Prize: Most Market Ready Hack

Asurion's Most Market Ready Hack will be judged by the Asurions representatives that will be attending VolHacks III. So make sure to stop by their sponsor table and say hi!
Prize: da Vinci Mini Wireless 3D Printer

SAIC Sponsor Prize

Prize: Nintendo Switch

JTV's Favorite Solo Hack


Best Presentation

Prizes: Presentation Clickers and Mini Projectors

Bush Bros: Best Sensor Hack (2)

Best use of IoT based sensors
Prize: Skullcandy Hesh 2

Best Rookie Hack

To be eligible, this must be the first hackathon for all team members AND all team members must be in their first two years of their majors.
Prize: Philips Hue Starter Kit (2 White Bulbs)

VolHacks's Best Solo Hack

To be eligible, you must be on a team by yourself.
Sennheiser HD 599 Open Back Headphones

Hacker's Choice

Determined by popular vote on Devpost
Prize: Winner Outfitters Double Camping Hammock

Organizer's Choice

Prize: Cards Against Humanity

Most Innovative Hack

Western Digital 2TB Portable External Hard Drive

Most Useless Hack (3)

Motion Activated Toilet Light

Best Mobile App Hack

Prize: Anker PowerCore13000mAh Powerbank

Top 7 Teams (7)

Prize: Year subscriptions of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Best Hardware / IOT Hack

Prize: ORIA Screwdriver Set -- Professional Electronics Repair Tool Kit (60pc)

Social Good Hack

Prize: Giant Jenga Set

Most Technical Hack

Prize: Gigabyte Mechanical Keyboard (Cherry Red)

Best UX Hack

AGS Wireless Laser Projection Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Prize: Google Home Minis for each team member

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Prize: Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Prize: 410C Dragonboard for each team member

Best Chat Bot using Botkit & Cisco Webex Teams

Power banks for each team member

Cisco's Favorite Solo Hack

Prize: iPad and keyboard

Cisco's Best Duo Hack

Prizes: Apple TV

Best Social Good Hack from Fidelity Weekly Challenge

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Register for our event at volhacks.org in advance. You should also click the blue "Register for this hackathon" button on this page at some point. And then show up September 28, 2018 to join us for a really hacking great event!




Judging Criteria

  • Creativity of the Idea and Finished Hack
    How novel and/or creative is the idea? How creatively was the hack made? Is the hack a new idea? For reference, if it's on https://github.com/mdnahian/Common-Hackathon-Projects, you're probably not the first one to do it.
  • Technical Depth of the Implementation
    How well is the hack implemented? How complex is the problem being solved? How elegant is the solution to the problem being solved? How much technical skill was required to build the hack? If you're new to hacking, does it show how much you've learned?
  • Usefulness and Functionality
    Does it work? How useful is the idea and hack presented? How much is the solution to the problem it is solving needed? How much money will this save? How many people will this help?
  • Pitch and Presentation
    How well was the demonstration given? How realistic was the demonstration in the context of the hack presented?
  • Impressiveness
    Is everyone blown away? Is your idea really awesome? Or did you implement it really well? Is it amazing how much you accomplished in just one weekend?

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