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!

Hackathon Sponsors


1st Place

First place Major League Hacking medals

2nd Place

Second place Major League Hacking medals

3rd Place

Third place Major League Hacking medals

Best 3D Printing Related Hack, sponsored by the Youngstown Business Incubator

Awesome, custom 3D printed trophies

Best Use of Amazon Web Services

$250 AWS Credit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

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 Students from schools in Ohio, Michigan, and Western Pennsylvania will be accepted first.


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.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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