Make something AWESOME in 36 hours at Youngstown State University's third annual regional hackathon!

Join us at the beautiful Stambaugh Stadium February 17th-19th for Youngstown Peguin Hackers' third annual HackYSU!

Students will have 36 hours to create anything they want – software, hardware, an app, a game, anything – in the pursuit of knowledge, glory, and prizes. Hacks will be exhibited science fair style in a showcase at the end of the weekend.

All meals will be provided, and mentors from local tech companies will be there to help get you and your team started and get you to the finish line! No experience necessary - only a drive to learn and make something awesome!

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How to enter

Any student currently enrolled or was enrolled in the current school year from any upper education institution or high school can register at http://hackysu.com/. Students from schools in Ohio, Michigan, and Western Pennsylvania will be accepted first.

Judges

Rich Wetzel

Rich Wetzel
CEO, Freshmade 3D

John O. Bordell

John O. Bordell
Launch Lab Coordinator, YSU WCBA

Mark Beacom

Mark Beacom
Backend Software Engineer, Drund

Frances Coronel

Frances Coronel
Ambassador, Fullstack Academy

Kendra Corpier

Kendra Corpier
Developer / Designer, Eimear Studios

Judging Criteria

  • Impressiveness
    Was the hack impressive? Did you feel interested in the hack itself (not necessarily their presentation of the hack)? Keep in mind that the team had only 36 hours to make this project. And that they are tired.
  • Technical Difficulty
    Did the hack involve practicing or learning a skill? Did the team overcome any technical difficulties or lack of knowledge? Consider asking the team what they learned over the weekend.
  • Demo
    How was the demo? Was the hack working - or at least in a state where the hackers could show off their idea? Keep in mind that the process is important, and that we are judging what happened at the hackathon, not what the hackers are planning to do after.