hackUMBC 2020 will transfrom from October 29th-31st (hybrid) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County!

HackUMBC is a weekend for students of all skill levels to broaden their talents. Your challenge is to make an awesome project in just 36 hours. You will have access to hands-on workshops and demos from our sponsors, as well as exciting talks about the awesome things happening right now with computer science and technology - not to mention all of the shirts, stickers, and swag!

hackUMBC begins with just a weekend, but we hope you're ready to learn new skills, make friends, and foster ideas here that flourish.

Ready to apply? You'll need a laptop and your fanciest thinking cap - everything else is on us. 
Begin your journey by applying now at hackUMBC.org. This step is mandatory.


Create your Devpost submission on our hackUMBC 2021 Devpost and attach a video/demo (maximum 3-minute long) before the hacking period ends (Sunday, November 31th 11 AM EST)

  • Every team can only submit one project. Multiple submissions per team will not be allowed.

  • Every submission must include a GitHub link to any code written for the hack unless previous arrangements were made with the Organizers.

  • Every submission must include a 3 to 5-minute long demo video showcasing the features of the project.

    • We cannot guarantee that judges will fully watch your video if they’re longer than 3 minutes.

  • Projects without a demo video will not be judged. These videos will be shown to our judges and if your project ends up winning a general category or track prize, it may be played/published on our social media channels.

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,300 in prizes

Best Hack

The best and most creative project this weekend will receive a Acer Nitro XV272P Full HD LCD 27" Monitor for each member of the winning team.

Best Hack | Runner Up 1

The first runner up for best and most creative project this weekend will receive a Ryze Tello Boost Combo Drone for each member of the winning team.

Best Hack | Runner Up 2

The second runner up for best and most creative project this weekend will receive a Ducky One 2 Skyline TKL Double Shot PBT Mechanical Keyboard for each member of the winning team.

Best Idea/Pitch

The most creative and thoughtful hack idea this weekend will win a Raspberry Pi 4 CanaKit Starter Kit for each member of the winning team.

Best Beginner Hack

Best hack created by a team of first-time hackers will in Beats Solo 3's for each member of the winning team.

Best Hack For UMBC Community

The best hack centered on building the UMBC Community will win a Fitbit Inspire 2 for each member of the winning team

Most Comedic Hack

Funniest hack project will win 4 KODAK Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera's for each member of the winning team

Best Use of Collaboration Technology | T. Rowe Price

Whether it’s your Zoom-bot or Symphony plug-in – bring your Best Use of Collaboration Technology to your hack! The hack will be judged based on: - Quality (how creative or original is your hack) - Execution (how well is your hack executed) - Value (how useful is your hack) Each member of the winning team will receive a personalized virtual meeting with a member of the T. Rowe Price Global Technology Management Committee - we’ll help you choose the right leader! Want to talk shop – Cybersecurity, Engineering, Data Science? Want to meet with a Woman Leader in Technology? Learn about different career paths? Wondering about getting a job vs. going to Grad School? Just have coffee and chat with the CTO? ♚ This is a priceless opportunity to connect with leaders in the technology industry on a whole new level.

Best Digital Forensic Related Hack | Cipher Tech

Show us your best digital forensic related hack. Topics include but are not limited to: - Data carving\reconstruction\recovery tools - finding specific objects (other than faces) in a large collection of digital images - steganography detection or exploitation - registry or memory artifact analysis - encryption detection - anything else that could aid investigators who are looking at devices of interest (e.g., computers or phones involved in a criminal investigation.) ♚ A CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Kit and a Cipher Tech Bag of Swag for each winning team member

Best use of Docker technologies | General Dynamics Mission Systems

Best Project Involving the use of Docker Containers.
The winning team will walk away with an awesome GD Mission Systems Prize Pack that includes swag items, gift card, and a golden ticket to interview for an open internship position*.

*must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible to interview for a summer internship position.

Best Financial Hack | Capital One

Build the best financial hack you can think of! ♚ Amazon gift cards ($250) to each winning team member.

Best Chronic Disease Management Hack | emocha Health

Best healthcare project centered around helping patients wins a eMocha Health Backpack and Swag Bag for each member of the winning team, along with a chance to meet with company representatives.

Best Project made using StreamLit

Ever made a webapp using StreamLit's Python Library? Well if you do, you can win $100 Amazon gift card for each member of the winning team.

Best Data Driven Application | ClearEdge IT

In alignment with ClearEdge's vision and mission, we will be awarding a prize to the team with the Best Data Driven Application. Criteria considered will include: Scale of the data explored, Usefulness of the data being explored, Ability for user to interact with the application to explore the data ♚ Each member of the winning team will receive a CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 8GB Basic Starter Kit with Fan (8GB RAM) shipped directly to them. Team members will also have the opportunity to do a mock interview and resume review with our ClearEdge hiring team.

Most Creative Hack

Most Creative Hack By GEICO wins 3 $50 Amazon Gift Cards

The Best Use of Assembly AI API | Assembly AI

The project that makes the best use of AssemblyAI's API will receive a $100 Amazon gift card per participant for the winning team

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Get started with $50 in free credit and win a Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console!

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Best use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Winners located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks & lanyards. Winners outside of the US will receive a Google branded backpack.

Best Use of Auth0

Auth0 wants your applications to be secure! Use any of the Auth0 APIs for a chance to win some exclusive swag, including a Miir 12oz tumbler, Rubiks Cube, and sticker! Why spend hours building features like social sign-in, Multi-Factor Authentication, and passwordless log-in when you can enable them through Auth0 straight out of the box? Save some time on your hack and set yourself up for a big win. It doesn't take much to get started. Auth0 is free to try with up to 7,000 free active users and unlimited log-ins. Make your new account today!

Best Space App powered by Space Force

The sky is not the limit! Try your hand at making a space-themed application for a chance to win a wireless Bluetooth speaker for you and your team from the U.S. Space Force! We’re looking for amazing solutions to any space-related problems you can imagine. For any sci-fi enthusiast, this is the perfect opportunity to push the limits of your creativity by building the technology of tomorrow, today. We can’t wait to see the solutions you build!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Depth
  • Design
  • Potential
  • Presentation/Demo

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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