Hack@Brown is Brown University's largest annual hackathon. Over a 24-hour period from January 23rd to 24th, join other hackers and take a step out of your comfort zone.

Whether you’re building your first website, dabbling in Photoshop, or hacking with an Oculus Rift, Hack@Brown is for individuals of all backgrounds and experiences. This is your weekend to try something new, let your imagination run wild, and create.

This year, our theme is “After School.” Take inspiration from your passions and experiment with your wildest ideas. Build away!


In your submission, include a link to your public Github repo and a video (max. 2 minutes) explaining your project. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$11,225 in prizes

Best First-Time Hack

Only for a full team of first-time hackers.

Prize: Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Camera

Best Potential for Social Impact

Prize: Echo Dot

Google Cloud Prize: Best Use of Google Cloud (2)

Use any Google Cloud product to qualify.

Prize: Google Cloud branded backpack, water bottle, and trophy (US mailing addresses only)

MLH: Best Domain

To qualify, register a domain with Domain.com for free, and be sure to include the domain name in your Devpost submission! Domains must be registered on Domain.com during this hackathon.

Prize: PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack

Best Hardware Hack

Prize: Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino (per team member)

Contrary: Most Contrarian Hack

Venture partners at early-stage venture capital firm Contrary Capital will select the hack that best challenges the status quo or industry consensus and has venture-scale promise. Contrary will take the winning team out for a (virtual) dinner with Contrary Partner Will Robbins.

echoAR: Best AR/VR App

Participants MUST use the echoAR platform as part of their project to be eligible for a reward. Please check the #echo-ar channel on Discord for more information.

1. A $50 Amazon gift card (per team)
2. 3-month free Business Tier access (per team member)
3. And selected projects will be featured on echoAR's “Inspiration” page

Wolfram Award (25)

The overall top 25 teams will receive the Wolfram Award. Projects are eligible even if Wolfram tech wasn't used in the project.

Prize: Each individual will receive a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

Best Overall Hack

Prize: JBL Flip Wireless Speaker OR 2TB External Hard Drive

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Jeff Huang

Jeff Huang
Associate Professor at Brown University in Computer Science

Anthony Cruz

Anthony Cruz
Software Engineer, Google

 Rory Foulger

Rory Foulger
Instructional Designer and Technologist at Wolfram Research

Fawziyah Alebiosu

Fawziyah Alebiosu

Brian Lozano

Koren Grinshpoon
echoAR: Founder & COO

Srinath Sridhar

Srinath Sridhar
Assistant Professor at Brown University in Computer Science

Alon Grinshpoon

Alon Grinshpoon
echoAR: Founder & CEO

Judging Criteria

  • Judging
    Projects will be judged through a variety of lenses, including design, creativity, and implementation.
  • Sponsor Prizes
    Each project can be submitted to multiple prizes! For sponsored challenges, it will be judged by the company that sponsored it.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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