VTHacks is one of the oldest and largest hackathons in the region and this year we can't wait to invite students from around the world to join us for a weekend filled with creative hacks!


VTHacks 7's target audience is college students, high school students, and other interested hackers.

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$5,849 in prizes

1st Place

$500 Big Check

2nd Place

InCase Backpack

3rd Place

Corsair K55 RGB Mechanical Keyboard

Best Use of Hardware

Raspberry Pi 4 (1 GB)

Best UX/UI

Mini Polaroid Camera with Film.

Best Presentation

Tile Keyfinder

Glass Hack

Amazon Fire Stick (4K)
This award goes to the project that is the most technically refined/complete.

First Penguin

Rocket Notebook
Most unique or different project

People's Choice

Wonderboom Portable Bluetooth Speaker

First Hackathon Prize

Fitbit Inspire

Best Financial Hack by Capital One

$250 Amazon Gift Cards To Each Member Of The Winning Team. Question: "How will you reimagine banking?"

Best Use of Google Cloud (2)

1st Place: Google Nest Mini, Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, and Cloud Water Bottle
2nd Place: Google Nest Minis

Parking Lot Optimization by JB Hunt

Problem: Optimize JB Hunt’s Corporate parking lots to identify the most optimal place to park at different times, with regards to building location and space. Hardware is available for incorporation.
Prize: Jumpstarted interview process and drones for each team member

Best use of Data Science/Machine Learning in Commercial Real Estate by CoStar Group

Prize: $75 Amazon gift card for each team member

Best Use of MicroStrategy Embedded Analytics

Note: Download the FREE desktop version of our product here https://www.microstrategy.com/desktop to get started.
Prize: Apple Watch and MicroStrategies swag bag.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Ali Mohammed

Ali Mohammed

Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy
VTHacks 7

Judging Criteria

  • Best Use of Hardware
    Best Use of Hardware (whether from the MLH Hardware Lab, or brought to the event by the team).
  • Best UX/UI
    Best User Experience and/or Interface.
  • Best Presentation
    Goes to the team with the best presentation during the demo period. "Best" in this context might include: engaging, humorous, professional, interactive, etc.
  • Glass Hack
    Most refined and technically complete hack. Achieves what it sets out to down while also being meaningful.
  • People's Choice
    Most upvoted hack on DevPost. Make sure to check out other projects after your team submits yours! Voting ends at 1:00 PM on Sunday.
  • First Hackathon Prize
    Best project made by a team primarily composed of first time hackers.
  • First Penguin
    Most unique or outside of the box hack.
  • CarMax Challenge
    In a store a vehicle has a SOLD tag placed on it when it's placed on "hold." That's where the tracking issue is. What's a more efficient way for stores to keep up with online traffic; better than an associate running out to a car to place the hold tag?
  • J.B. Hunt Challenge
  • CoStar Challenge
    CoStar Group Challenge - Best Use of Machine Learning and/or Data Science in commercial real estate
  • API Challenge: Best Use of Google Cloud
    Use any Google Cloud product in your project: - App Engine (web apps) - Firebase (mobile apps + Firebase realtime database) - Machine Learning APIs (Vision, Speech, Natural Language, Translate, Video Intelligence)
  • Capital One CHallenge
    Best Financial hack. Additionally, checkout reimaginebanking.com!
  • MicroStrategy Challenge
    Best Use of MicroStrategy Embedded Analytics! Download the FREE desktop version of our product here https://www.microstrategy.com/desktop to get started.

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