Welcome to VandyHacks - Vanderbilt University's annual student-run hackathon! We welcome hackers of all skill levels and backgrounds to attend our event.

For any other inquries or to view the schedule, please visit vandyhacks.org.


  • Participants must be enrolled in a college, university, or trade school (or have graduated within the past 12 months) and possess a student ID.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Team sizes are encouraged to be capped at 4 participants.
  • Participants should be excited for a fun-filled weekend!


You are free to work on any project you like, however we require that all devpost submissions be projects that were made during the hackathon and uniquely for the hackathon.

For submissions, you can have a project, mock up, slide deck, video, demo, anything! We want to see your hard work. Any means that you can effectively convey this virtually will work!

Hackathon Sponsors


$29,220 in prizes

Best Overall

Each winning team member will receive a MSI Full HD 27" 60 Hz Monitor and tickets to Pinnacle 2021.

Runner Up

Each winning team member will receive
COWIN SE7 Noise-cancelling Bluetooth Headphones.

Most creative virtual peer-to-peer collaboration engagement aid (Alliance Bernstein)

Presented by Alliance Bernstein.

Each winning team member will receive a $75 Amazon Gift Card.

Best Career Hack (Exponent)

Presented by Exponent.

Each winning team member will receive a lifetime membership to Exponent and lunch with the founders!

Best Financial Hack (Capital One)

Presented by Capital One.

Each winning team member will receive a $200 Amazon Gift Card.

Most Mathematically-Involved Project (IMC)

Presented by IMC.

Each winning team member will receive an Oculus VR Headset.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Presented by Domain.com.

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend, in addition to Domain.com backpacks!

Best Use of Google Cloud

Presented by Google Cloud.

Each winning team member will receive a Google Cloud branded Patagonia Backpack, Google Cloud Water Bottle, and Google Cloud Trophy.

Best Use of Google Cloud – 2nd place

Presented by Google Cloud. Use any Google Cloud product. Prize: Google Nest Minis.

Best Use of Google Cloud: COVID-19 Hackathon Fund (4)

Presented by Google Cloud.

Select projects may receive an invitation to apply to the Google Cloud COVID-19 hackathon fund awarding up to $5,000 in cloud credits and guidance from Google developers.


Presented by Asurion.

Build a platform to help with managing your connected home (think outside the box with all tech gadgets that make your home smart). Each winning team member will receive a Nintendo Switch Lite.

L3 Harris

Presented by L3 Harris.

Create an app or new technology that can give back! Whether to communities at risk, to the underprivileged or undereducated, etc, we would love to see students create something not only cool, useful, and creative, but a tool that can help others! Each winning team member will receive a Flicker Flame Bluetooth Speaker, Smart Coffee Warmer, and Lap Desk.

Vanguard (2)

Presented by Vanguard.

How might we educate low income families on their financial health? (Use technology to help increase financial literacy. You or your team can create a game, an app, a tool or whatever you think is best as long as it helps teach low income families about how to manage and even grow their finances.) Each winning team member will receive a $75 Cause Card.

Best Hardware Hack (Digi-Key) (2)

Presented by Digi-Key.

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included.

Each winning team member from each of the two winning teams will receive a Grove Beginner Kit.

Best Data Hack (HRT)

Presented by HRT. Build a hack using data! You are encouraged to use public datasets from Kaggle, etc. Each winning team member will receive Apple's Sphero All-terrain Fully Programmable Robot or Airpods Pro!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Travis Laurendine

Ole Molvig

Ole Molvig

Shalini Gupta

Shalini Gupta

Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson

Catie Chang

Catie Chang

Tim Eccleston

Tim Eccleston

Michael Copeland

Michael Copeland

Krish Munot

Krish Munot

Lucas Remedios

Lucas Remedios

Fernanda Eliott

Fernanda Eliott

Aleksandr Zakharov

Aleksandr Zakharov

Irfaan Khalid

Irfaan Khalid

Matthew Leon

Ben Cooper

Judging Criteria

  • Presentation
  • Creativity
  • Utility
  • Technical Ability

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