VolHacks Part 3! Join us for a weekend of student-driven innovation and collaboration on the hallowed hills of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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

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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.

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?