Saturday, October 31st
Check-in | 10:00 to 12:00 AM | Check-in will be on Discord. This is where we will communicate with each other.

Opening Ceremony | 11:00 to 11:30 PM | Welcome to Hackdown brought to you by Zeta Colony Kappa Theta Pi at The College of New Jersey. Sponsor introductions, tech demos, and more!

Team Formations | 11:30 to 12:00 PM | If you need help forming a team, be sure to hop on the call! We are more than happy to help build creativity and help form teams!

Hackdown Begins | 12:00 PM | There are no restrictions in what types of projects are allowed. Feel free to be as creative and intuitive with your ideas.

User Journey Mapping Workshop | 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Learn how to apply a user-focused lens to your hackathon idea! This workshop is designed to help define your users and their goals. You'll be able to map their experience using your product.

Intro to Arduino Software Development | 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM | This workshop will introduce the Arduino Software Development Environment (IDE) through an introductory tutorial and a live demonstration.

Solar Radiation Data Visualization | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | This workshop will explore you can create data visualizations through some lines of code and create physical 3-D Models to represent them.

Networking Event | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM | Join us for an hour of networking with your fellow hackathon attendees and make connections that'll make this weekend one to remember!

Jackbox Social Event | 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Join us for a fun hour filled with interactive Jackbox Games!

Among Us Social Event | 11:00 PM - 12:00 AM | Join us for a suspense-filled hour while we try to find out the imposter!

Sunday, November 1st
Good Morning Update | 9:00 AM | Reminders of what is coming up for the rest of the day. These reminders will also be published on the Discord server.

Hackdown Ends | 12:00 PM | Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end!

Judging | 12:30 to 2:00 PM | All of your hard work these past two days, here is your chance to show us what you built!

Closing Ceremony | 2:00 PM | Closing ceremony! Give a round of applause to everyone who participated in the first Hackdown and a big thanks to everyone who came! Now time to announce the winners!!

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,066 in prizes

Best Healthcare Hack

With the COVID-19 pandemic as prevalent as it is, winners who can create the best healthcare technology to push towards improvement in the medical field will each win a mini projector.

Best Random Hack

Be as creative as you want! Projects you have always wanted to develop that may not fit into a category, you and your team will get the chance to win a Google Home Mini.

Best Sustainability Hack

Whichever team can create the most eco-friendly project will each receive an Amazon Kindle.

Best Social Justice Hack

The five principles of social justice are Access, Equity, Human Rights, Diversity, and Participation. Best implementations of the social justice principles in your projects will win a Fuji Instax Polaroid & Accessories.

Best Beginner Hack

Hackathons are a learning experience and the team who comes out with the Best Beginner hack will each win a LEGOO UNO Project Super Starter Kit with an Arduino IDE! In order to qualify for this prize, this must be the first hackathon that all members of your team have attended.

Best Halloween Hack

With this being Halloween Weekend we are looking for the spookiest hack, you will win a Squishmallow Kellytoy 2020 Halloween 8" Plush Toy! (You get to pick the color and plush)

Best Overall Hack

With all of the great projects and ideas that were submitted, the Best Overall Hack impressed the judges the most! Each winner will receive a Holy Stone 2K GPS FPV RC Drone!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Bill Franczak

Bill Franczak

Brett Ratner

Brett Ratner

John DeGood

John DeGood

Mark Russo

Mark Russo

Lori Miller

Lori Miller

Christopher Ault

Christopher Ault

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are.
  • Competition
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
  • Accessibility
    Did the team take into account accessibility? Is there contrast with colors used, is the text legible? If the team wasn’t able to implement any accessible features, did they address any future implementations in their presentation?

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