Welcome to HackNJIT 2020! HackNJIT is an annual hackathon brought to you by the New Jersey Institute of Technology.


All undergraduate students, graduate students, or alumni who have graduated within one year of HackNJIT 2020 may participate. Participants may form teams of up to four people and each participant may be on only one team.


  1. A public link to the project's entire source code. This may be a GitHub link or a Google Drive Link.
  2. Submissions will be judged live on Discord. You may pre-record a video and present it to judges, but you must be present on Discord during judging in order to do so.

Hackathon Sponsors


$8,000 in prizes

1st Place

For the "Best in Show", $1500 split across the team!

2nd Place

For the "2nd Place Runner Up", $1000 split across the team!

3rd Place

For the "3rd Place Runner Up", $500 split across the team!

Pi in the Sky (Weirdest Hack)

Have a really "weird" hack idea? Winners of this prize will receive a CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit (4GB) for each team member!

Passport Prize (Best Travel Hack)

While we can't travel now, we'll be able to later, and hackers who win this prize will receive an Anker 20000mAh battery bank for each team member to keep them charged!

First Time? (Best Newbie Hack)

For our teams that are made up of at least half first-time hackers, winners of this prize will receive a Fujifilm instax Mini 9 Instant Camera for each team member!

Breaking Barriers (Social Good Hack)

One of the big things about being a world traveller is breaking barriers, whether they be social, cultural, or anything else. Winners of this prize will receive Sony WH-CH510 Wireless On-Ear Headphones for each team member!

Long Distance (Best Chat Hack)

Build a really cool bot and your team will receive a year of Discord Nitro for each member!

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack.

Best use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini.

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

Best Cybersecurity Hack (Powered by CACI)

Show just how 1337 you are! Winners of this prize will receive a 24pc Lock Picking Set and a $13.37 Amazon Gift Card for each team member!

Azure Champ Prize - Hack for Good

See the #microsoft channel on the HackNJIT Discord Server for full information about this prize!

Best IoT Hack (Powered by Lutron)

Internet *all* the things! The best IoT hack will receive a Lutron Caseta Smart Home Plug-in Lamp Dimmer Switch for each team member!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Evan J. Markowitz
HackNJIT Organizer

Jacob Fuhr
HackNJIT Organizer

Seven Kurt
HackNJIT Organizer

Andrea Cleofe

Andrea Cleofe
HackNJIT Organizer

Diogo Cardoso
HackNJIT Organizer

Andrey Morales
HackNJIT Organizer

Andres Orbe

Andres Orbe
HackNJIT Organizer

Giancarlo Calle

Giancarlo Calle
HackNJIT Organizer

Theresa Wagner
HackNJIT 2017 Organizer, Special Guest Judge

Matthew Gasin

Matthew Gasin
HackNJIT 2019 Organizer, Special Guest Judge

Sresht Rengesh

Sresht Rengesh
Facebook Engineer-in-Residence @ NJIT, Instructor for CS490, Special Guest Judge

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Be creative! Make something cool!
  • Innovation
    Do something no one has done before or build on a novel concept!
  • Functionality
    How well does it work?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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