We're building the future of hackathons - join us!

We’re building a hackathon where talented makers and creators of all kinds can code their hearts out. We emphasize mentorship, learning, and diversity of hackers and awards, hoping to find not just the coolest hacks, but the greatest. Our awards will recognize qualities like technical ambition, thoughtful code, inspired design, and potential for improvements beyond the hackathon. Unhackathon will take place over 36 hours from September 20 to 21st. We hope to encourage hackers to learn new skills and technologies by making API resources, hardware and interesting data sets available to everyone. We’ll also have everything you’ll need to be productive - many inspiring workings spaces to fit your mood, energy drinks and healthy snacks and meals, and advice from the greatest mentors ever. Our mentors come from the best NYC tech companies and startups, and will be around the whole time to help you with everything from ideas to bugs.

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Prizes

Best User Experience

This award recognizes a polished hack that works reliably, runs smoothly, and in general is great to use.

Remember, these prizes were created to reward a diversity of hacks. We want to encourage you to hack on what interests and excites you, instead of trying to fit your hack into an award’s constraints.

Best Visual Design

Got a beautiful interface, awesome game graphics, or artistically organized cables? This award might be for you.

Remember, these prizes were created to reward a diversity of hacks. We want to encourage you to hack on what interests and excites you, instead of trying to fit your hack into an award’s constraints.

Best Technically Ambitious Hack

This award is for best progress made on something extremely technically in terms of software or hardware. Doing some extreme math, writing 15,000 lines of Assembly, or building a drone? This award will recognize you, even if your hack isn't the flashiest from the outside.

Most Learning for a Hack

Are you a team of noobs, or outside your comfort zone? This award is for the best hack produced with at least 50% tools and languages your team has never used before.

Remember, these prizes were created to reward a diversity of hacks. We want to encourage you to hack on what interests and excites you, instead of trying to fit your hack into an award’s constraints.

Best Hack Potential

You've got a big idea. You've worked for 30 hours, but you can imagine doing so much more! For this award, we'll be looking for hacks that have a great technical foundation, major progress towards your initial goals, and solid ideas for taking it a step further.

Remember, these prizes were created to reward a diversity of hacks. We want to encourage you to hack on what interests and excites you, instead of trying to fit your hack into an award’s constraints.

Best Useful Hack

This award recognizes a hack that solves some kind of problem and does it well. You might be making software development easier, building hardware to help people with disabilities, or even just helping people stop forgetting their car keys. The possibilities are limitless!

Remember, these prizes were created to reward a diversity of hacks. We want to encourage you to hack on what interests and excites you, instead of trying to fit your hack into an award’s constraints.

Best Entertaining Hack

This hack makes us smile. It could be a game, a website or mobile app, or even a hardware or multimedia project. If passing by your demo makes even exhausted hackers laugh, you're definitely in the running!

Remember, these prizes were created to reward a diversity of hacks. We want to encourage you to hack on what interests and excites you, instead of trying to fit your hack into an award’s constraints.

Most Innovative Hack Around Accessing and Creating Content - Sponsored by Viacom!

Viacom is sponsoring an award centered around content! If your hack involves accessing, consuming, or creating content of any kind, you could win an epic swag bag from our keynote sponsor, Viacom.

Remember, these prizes were created to reward a diversity of hacks. We want to encourage you to hack on what interests and excites you, instead of trying to fit your hack into an award’s constraints.

Best User Experience (Runner Up)

This award recognizes a polished hack that works reliably, runs smoothly, and in general is great to use.

Remember, these prizes were created to reward a diversity of hacks. We want to encourage you to hack on what interests and excites you, instead of trying to fit your hack into an award’s constraints.

Best Visual Design (Runner Up)

Got a beautiful interface, awesome game graphics, or artistically organized cables? This award might be for you.

Remember, these prizes were created to reward a diversity of hacks. We want to encourage you to hack on what interests and excites you, instead of trying to fit your hack into an award’s constraints.

Best Technically Ambitious Hack (Runner Up)

This award is for best progress made on something extremely technically in terms of software or hardware. Doing some extreme math, writing 15,000 lines of Assembly, or building a drone? This award will recognize you, even if your hack isn't the flashiest from the outside.

Most Learning for a Hack (Runner Up)

Are you a team of noobs, or outside your comfort zone? This award is for the best hack produced with at least 50% tools and languages your team has never used before.

Remember, these prizes were created to reward a diversity of hacks. We want to encourage you to hack on what interests and excites you, instead of trying to fit your hack into an award’s constraints.

Best Hack Potential (Runner Up)

You've got a big idea. You've worked for 30 hours, but you can imagine doing so much more! For this award, we'll be looking for hacks that have a great technical foundation, major progress towards your initial goals, and solid ideas for taking it a step further.

Remember, these prizes were created to reward a diversity of hacks. We want to encourage you to hack on what interests and excites you, instead of trying to fit your hack into an award’s constraints.

Best Useful Hack (Runner Up)

This award recognizes a hack that solves some kind of problem and does it well. You might be making software development easier, building hardware to help people with disabilities, or even just helping people stop forgetting their car keys. The possibilities are limitless!

Remember, these prizes were created to reward a diversity of hacks. We want to encourage you to hack on what interests and excites you, instead of trying to fit your hack into an award’s constraints.

Best Entertaining Hack (Runner Up)

This hack makes us smile. It could be a game, a website or mobile app, or even a hardware or multimedia project. If passing by your demo makes even exhausted hackers laugh, you're definitely in the running!

Remember, these prizes were created to reward a diversity of hacks. We want to encourage you to hack on what interests and excites you, instead of trying to fit your hack into an award’s constraints.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Unhackathon is open to any undergraduate who wants to spend a weekend building something great! Whether this is your first hackathon or your 15th, you’ll have opportunities to learn from our hackers and mentors, compete for awards, and have an epic time. You must be a current student and 18 or over to attend.

Requirements

Make sure to include screen shots and describe your project!

How to enter

Teams should be at most 4 people. You can choose your teammates before you arrive, or meet them at one of our opening activities. You are also free to work on a project by yourself and hang out with our hackers and mentors whenever you want.

Judges

Will Be Announced Soon!

Will Be Announced Soon!

Judging Criteria