From October 2-4, hackers from all over the world will come together for a 36 hour sprint to build, design, and develop the best and brightest ideas.


  • Individuals must be over 18 years of age.
  • Teams can be comprised of up to 4 members.
  • Hacks must be created completely during SD Hacks by registered participants.


To be considered, hacks must be completely created during SD Hacks, and teams will need to present their hacks at the expo at the end of the hackathon.

Hackathon Sponsors


$18,300 in prizes

Grand Prize

Ultimate Hacker Kit:

- $150 in Amazon Gift Cards
- Dell Ultra HD 4k Monitor
- Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate
- Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter Kit
- Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter Kit + LCD Module
- Raspberry Pi 2 Complete Starter Kit
- Muse: The Brain Sensing Headband
- Leap Motion Controller
- Myo Gesture Control Armband

Finalists (5)

These were the top 5 projects at SD Hacks 2015. Each team was given the opportunity to present their hack to the final judging panel during the closing ceremony to compete for the grand prize.

Most Disruptive Hack by Qualcomm

The hack will be judged on how well it was presented, how much potential for impact to create a market or make a new one, and how complete it is.


Sphero Robot Ball 2.0 and $100 Amazon Gift Card per person, & bonus prize

Hack that Best Connects Us by Viasat (3)

ViaSat’s mission is to connect the world; our company-sponsored prize will be for those projects we think are best in line with our mission.


$600/$500/$400 per team for top 3 in this category

Most Entrepreneurially Promising Hack by Perkins Coie

Decided by Perkins Coie representatives.


$10K in free legal services in connection with the formation and organization of a new technology company

Best Cybersecurity Hack by iBoss

Decided by iBoss Cybersecurity representatives.


Mechanical keyboards to each member of winning team

Best Smart City Internet of Things hack by Leidos

Hack that uses the Internet of Things to enable a smarter, more efficient city.


Apple Watch for each member of team.

Best use of IBM Bluemix API

Decided by IBM reps.


GoPro for each member of the team.

Best use of Touch Tiles Hardware

Decided by Touch Tiles representatives.


4 Drones

Best Online Shopping Application by Slice

Will go to the team that develops the most interesting or useful application related to online shopping. We'll favor teams that use the Slice API, but this is not a requirement.


$1,000 worth of travel credit on United, Virgin, or another major US airline to be split among the members of the winning team.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Ryan Hill

Ryan Hill

Steve Hart

Steve Hart

Vinay Sathe

Vinay Sathe

Aaron Liao

Aaron Liao

Judging Criteria

  • Complexity
    How difficult was it to produce the hack?
  • Functionality
    Does the hack serve a useful purpose? Will the hack be useful for its target audience?
  • Innovation
    Does the hack bring a fresh new idea to the hacking community? Is the hack unique and groundbreaking?
  • Design
    Is the hack intuitive to use and does it function well?
  • Awesomeness
    Does this hack just make you say "Wow!"?

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