Welcome to VandyHacks V - Vanderbilt University's annual collegiate hackathon! We welcome hackers of all skill levels and backgrounds to attend our event. Our official hacker guide can be found at hackerguide.vandyhacks.org.


  • Participants must be enrolled in a college, university, or trade school (or have graduated within the past six months) and possess a student ID.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Team sizes are capped at 4 participants.
  • Participants should be excited for a fun-filled weekend!


You have a project, mock up, slide deck, demo, anything! We want to see your hard work. We are hosting a How to Demo workshop at 9am before the expo teaching you how to present your project to judges and other hackers.

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$16,560 in prizes

Best Overall

DJI Spark Drones. Awarded to the best project all around.

Rising Star

GoPro Hero7. Awarded to the second best project all around.

Workshop Warrior

JBL Flip 4 Speaker. Awarded to the best hack utilizing a tool or tech taught in a workshop. Winners must have attended the corresponding workshop.

Zero to Hero

Amazon Echoes. Awarded to the best hack from a team with minimal to no prior experience.

Code for Good

Nimble Portable Chargers + $30 to a charity of your choice. Awarded to the best hack dedicated to social good.


1More Earphones. Awarded to the best musical project.

Best Use of MicroStrategy, Courtesy of MicroStrategy

Nintendo Switch and Swag backpack with a notebook, t-shirt, and tumbler. Awarded to the best project utilizing the MicroStrategy API.

Best Combined Use of Public and Tractor Supply Data from an Analytics Perspective, Courtesy of Tractor Supply Co

Samsung 2 in 1 Chromebook Tablet with pen. Awarded to the best project analyzing public and Tractor Supply data.

Best Geospatial Application, courtesy of L3 ForceX (2)

Backpack, blanket, $50 gift card, water bottle, and guaranteed interview.

Most Fun Hack, Courtesy of The Home Depot

32 GB Apple TVs. Awarded to the most fun hack.

Social Determinants of Health, Courtesy of Centene

Echo Spots awarded to each winning team member.

Best Use of the Eventbrite API, Courtesy of Eventbrite

Samsung Galaxy Tab A plus Eventbrite backpacks, jackets, hats, and other swag. Awarded to the best project utilizing Eventbrite API.

Life is Stressful Enough, Shopping Shouldn’t Have To Be, Courtesy of Dollar General (2)

Airpods and Bose QC35s. Awarded to the best hack that reimagines and simplifies how the shopper gets the most value from Dollar General's digital and in-store offers. This includes simple/fast account creation (digital coupons) that is secure/safe, easy and fast identification of what coupons exist for what they need, and improved awareness of additional deals that may have been perceived as unaffordable with limited dollars.

BOS Built for Business Award, Courtesy of BOS

Sony Wireless Headphones (WH-CH400). Awarded to the team that hacks the best product that best represents a startup-ready, scalable business idea.

Red Ventures’ Choice

Apple TVs from Red Ventures for their favorite hack of the weekend.

Best Financial Hack, Courtesy of Capital One

$250 Amazon Gift Card awarded to each team member.

Most Business Viable Hack, Courtesy of Contrary Capital

Each winning team member gets Office Hours with a Contrary Capital managing partner.

Best Use of Algolia

Casio Calculator Watched awarded to each team member.

Best IoT Hack Usinig A Qualcom Device

DragonBoard 410Cs awarded to each team member.

Best Use of Authorize.Net

LS20 Gaming Headsets awarded to each team member.

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Minis awarded to each team member.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Raspberry Pis awarded to each team member.

Best Use of HERE.com

Hacker gear from HERE.com awarded to each team member.

Best Use of the Cisco Webex Teams API

Power Banks awarded to each team member.

Best Social Good Hack

$50 gift cards awarded to each team member.

Best Use of Clarifai's API

Hacker gear from Clarifai awarded to each team member.

Snap Kit Weekly Challenge

Spectacles by Snapchat awarded to each team member.

[Weekly Challenge] Best Social Good Hack from Fidelity

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Scott Rigney

Scott Rigney
Product Manager, Microstrategy

Kevin Galloway

Kevin Galloway
Director of DIVE and Making, Vanderbilt University

Zack Martin

Zack Martin
Senior Architect, Fulcrum GT

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
  • Efficacy
  • Technical Difficulty
  • Presentation

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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