HackWCU is a 24-hour hackathon at West Chester University. We will be hosting hundreds of students across the nation for a full day of fun, innovation, and creative problem solving. This is a great opportunity for beginners and advanced hackers alike to challenge themselves and broaden their skills. HackWCU also allows hackers a chance to network with tech companies, learn at workshops, meet with industry experts, and receive one-on- one guidance from experienced mentors.


You must be at HackWCU to work on a project for submission

You cannot work on your project before the event begins

You cannot steal another team's source code

The decision of judges is final for determining prizes and awards

Individuals must be 18 years old or older

You must be at HackWCU to work on a project for submission

Teams must not exceed a group of 4 Members

Please show your ID at registration

Please comply with all instructions from HackWCU organizers


Please answer the following questions in your submission:

  • How we built it?
  • What are the challenges we ran into?
  • What are the accomplishments that we're proud of?
  • What have we learned?
  • What's next for you?
  • What was used to build your project?
  • Try it out

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$5,640 in prizes

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Best use of multimedia

HomeNet is looking for a team to find the most creative approach in integrating multimedia into their project. Whether it be images, video, or other types of media projects will be ranked based off their unique approach.

Best Use of Snap Kit

Use Snap Kit's web or mobile SDK in your hack. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat or another awesome prize.

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Use Google Cloud Platform in your hack. Find a full list of GCP products & services at: https://cloud.google.com/products/. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini, max 4 per team.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

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.

Best IoT Hack using a Qualcomm Device

Use a Qualcomm device, like the Dragonboard 410C, in your IoT project. Each winning team member will receive their own DragonBoard 410C.

Best Use of Wolfram Language (4)

Projects will be judged on the sophistication and cleverness of their use of Wolfram Language as well as the criticality of the Wolfram tech stack to the realization of the project. Winners will be given to a free subscription to Wolfram and access to advisement from their team members.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Guy Fardone

Guy Fardone
CEO & Founding Partner, Evolve IP

Chad Williams

Chad Williams
Co-Founder of Align5

Dave Drager

Dave Drager
CTO of XDA Developers

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount? This is the most important criterion that your hack will be judged upon for the general prizes.
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?

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