HackDuke is the nation's premier hackathon for social good. We're passionate about making technology good for the world, and hope you come out of this weekend with the same inspiration!


  • All hacks must be built by accepted, confirmed, and checked-in HackDuke attendees. (This includes registered and checked-in Duke students.)
  • Teams must consist of no more than five members.
  • Hackers must be a current student, or have left school within the past year, and present enrollment identification (i.e. student ID) to a HackDuke organizer if asked.
  • Due to university liability requirements, individuals must be at least 18 years old.


Submissions are due on Devpost by Sunday 1:30pm, though feel free to submit early and change it up to the deadline. You must include videos, photos, or screenshots of the working product and a link to the source code (GitHub, etc.) of your project.

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,850 in prizes

Best Health and Wellness Hack

A $300 donation to charity of choice

Best Education Hack

A $300 donation to charity of choice

Best Inequality Hack

A $300 donation to charity of choice

Best Energy Hack

A $300 donation to charity of choice

Novice Prize

A $100 donation to one's charity of choice. Requires 50% or more of the team to be their first time hacking to win.

Coding it Forward Winner: Nonprofits Track

Overall winner of the Nonprofits track. Win a $500 cash prize in addition to a priority application for the Civic Digital Fellowship. Learn more at https://www.codingitforward.com/fellowship.

Most Viable Hack

Contrary Capital is a university-focused VC fund looking to award one team the opportunity to pitch their hack to our Managing Partner over a fully funded dinner! contrarycap.com

Capital One - Best Financial Hack

Each member of the winning team gets a $250 Amazon gift card!

Mastercard - Best Data Analytics Hack

The Mastercard prize will be award to the hack with the best data analytics. Projects will be judged along several dimensions: social impact, visual clarity, and technical rigor (volume of data, analysis techniques). The winning team will receive $100 Mastercard gift cards for each teammate (up to 5).

Smartcar API Prize

Prize will be google home minis for best use of Smartcar API! https://smartcar.com/docs/

Uizard - Best Design

Uizard stickers, shirts, and a 1 year subscription to Uizard starting 2020!

DUML – Most Interesting Use of Dataset

Joint prize between Duke Undergraduate Machine Learning & HackDuke to award to most creative data analysis or use of a dataset! Learn more about DUML Datathon here: https://dukeml.org/datathon

MLH - Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Domain.com branded backpack.

MLH - Best use of Google Cloud (2)

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.

MLH - Best use of MongoDB Atlas

Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud! Automate the provisioning and deployment process with ease, while focusing all your efforts on your hack. Projects built using MongoDB Atlas will be eligible to win an AirCharge Plus per team member.

MLH - Best Use of Twilio

Create a hack using Twilio's powerful communications API. Do things like send SMS messages, phone calls, email, and much more in your project. The team that has the best use of Twilio will win a $50 Amazon gift card per team member.

Nonprofits - Reality Ministries

Nonprofits - Shodor

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




HackDuke Members

HackDuke Members



Judging Criteria

  • Criteria
    As an event dedicated to social good, we're both looking for technical skill and an interesting and creative solution to a social problem in our five tracks: Health, Education, Inequality, Energy, and Nonprofits. You can only submit to ONE track.

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