sunhacks is a yearly Fall hackathon (ideathon, coding marathon, prototyping marathon, etc) designed to support students in their innovative journeys. sunhacks is for students of all skill levels, and our job as organizers is to support you by providing the resources you need to achieve your development dreams. We provide you with workshops, mentors, community connections, and peers who are motivated to help each other succeed and reach their goals.


Open to all ages, locations, backgrounds, fields, and more.

Team size must be minimum one and max four (1-4). In order for a team to be eligible for prizes they must register individually at, and submit their project here with all members included before the submission deadline.


In order for participants to be eligible for prizes they must submit a project to Devpost before the soft submission deadline (October 10th, 10:30 PM MST)

In order for participants to be eligible for judging the Devpost project must contain a maximum four (4) minute video, the project write up, and evidence of work done (code and github where applicable, zip). Some sponsor prizes may have explicit requirements as well.

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,359 in prizes

First Place

Robot Vacuum Cleaner, iMartine 1600Pa Strong Suction Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Second Place

Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness and Activity Tracker with Built-in GPS, Heart Rate, Sleep & Swim Tracking, Black/Black, One Size (S &L Bands Included)

Third Place

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2, 10 oz, Black, 1.5-hr Battery Life - App Controlled Heated Coffee Mug


Wacaco Minipresso GR Portable Espresso Machine

Encompasses solutions pertaining to data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and or other advanced topics.

Best Hack for Social Good - State Farm

Raspberry Pi for Desktop Kit

Best Hardware Hack

Pick your own AdaFruit Kit ( under $50!

Microcontroller solutions not heavily reliant on cloud processing or solutions or entirely mechanical/hardware solutions (IoT is allowed, but should not be singularly the creation of an Alexa skill or Google Action using a basic hardware setup, see the Best IoT Hack for that)

Best Home Improvement Hack

Google Home Nest Minis

Make stay at home better! Channel your best home improvement role model and make home life better for you and (if applicable) your fellow residents! Maybe get them to help out for some quality fun time? (tech not required!)

Best IoT Hack

Tile StickerTile Sticker (2020) 2-pack - Small, Adhesive Bluetooth Tracker, Item Locator and Finder for Remotes, Headphones, Gadgets and More; Waterproof with 3 Year Battery Life

Solutions heavily reliant on creating an Alexa skill or Google Action, utilizing cloud processing, etc. Can have no hardware component to complex hardware component.

Best Sustainability Hack

AUKEY 21W Solar Charger with Foldable SunPower Solar Panels

Solutions that address, inform, implement, or other sustainability or other humanitarian efforts, approaches, ideas, etc.

Best UI/UX

ALOVEWE Hexagonal Wall Light, Touch Sensitive Modular Light,DIY Lights Creative Geometry Assembly LED Night Lights

Solutions that have aesthetically pleasing design and/or thoughtful, innovative, and efficient user experience

Most "Useless" Hack

Finger Hand Puppets

For hacks that are a seemingly an ingenious solution to a particular problem but are nothing more than a useless gag. While not exactly useful, somehow... not altogether useless...
See: Chindōgu Inventions, Uncommon Hacks

Best XR Hack

Google Voice Kit

Solutions that utilize or rely on Augmented and or Virtual reality. Unity/Unreal solutions also applicable if virtual reality hardware not available.

Best Use of Google Cloud - Use any Google Cloud product (2)

1st Place: Google Cloud branded backpack, water bottle, and trophy [USA SHIPPING ONLY]

2nd Place: Google Minis [INTERNATIONAL]

Best Use of Google Cloud - COVID-19 Hackathon Fund

Select projects may receive an invitation to apply to the Google Cloud COVID-19 hackathon fund awarding up to $5,000 in cloud credits and guidance from Google developers.

Hacker's Choice Award

True Wireless Earbuds TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79

Hackers decide who win!

Rookie Hack - SoDA

$25 Amazon Gift Card. The team must consist of a majority of members who are either attending their first hackathon or are in their first or second year of undergraduate study.

Best Use of AWS - Amazon (2)

Combine multiple AWS services to solve a real-world problem. For US winners: your choice of the All New Echo, the Echo Show 8, or an All New Fire TV Stick + Echo Dot bundle. For international winners: you'll work with Amazon sponsors to choose equivalently priced and available prizes in your marketplace.

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-key (MLH) (2)

Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3

Best Domain Registered with (MLH) Backpacks

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Cecilia La Place

Cecilia La Place

Judging Criteria

  • Criteria Available Oct. 9
    We aim to keep judging as objective as possible, acknowledging that we have hackers of all skill levels and unique projects. We want our hackers to build their projects knowing that we refine our criteria each year to ensure a fair chance at prizes.
  • Best Use of Google Cloud - Use any Google Cloud product
    [First place is USA shipping only] Requirements: Summary write up, What products were used and why?, Overall goal with project, Video (2-3 min demo video)

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