HackHolyoke is a 24-hour hackathon run by students at Mount Holyoke College. This year’s event will take place virtually on November 13-14, 2021, so you can hack and attend workshops from wherever you may be! We set ourselves apart by striving for (and consistently achieving!) a 1:1 gender ratio and welcoming student hackers from all levels. Our aim is to shatter any misconceptions about STEM fields and to celebrate diversity in these fields through creating an inclusive environment for anyone regardless of gender, racial, or academic background.

Students will have the opportunity to create amazing projects and showcase their work to a panel of judges. They can attend innovative workshops, join in on fun activities, and have the chance to win exclusive prizes.


For your project to be considered for judging, all members of your team must have registered for HackHolyoke and be checked in. The project itself must have been made exclusively between Saturday Nov. 13th 11AM EST and Sunday Nov. 14th 2PM EST. It can use APIs and libraries, but they must all be explicitly cited on the Devpost submission.

If you have any questions about the submission process, ask them in the #ask-an-organizer channel of Discord.

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$1,094 in prizes

Best Remote Health Hack

We are so used to living in a global pandemic for the past 2 years that we sometimes forget about other health issues resulting from our changing lifestyle. A lot of these health issues can, indeed, be very serious. What can you do to help better others’ physical or mental health during this crazy time?

Each member of the winning team will receive Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones.

Best Organization/Scheduling Hack

Life is always full of ups and downs, along with the uncertainties the Covid-19 pandemic has brought: it’s now harder than ever to keep track of everything. With a large amount of data that people have to receive and organize everyday, we challenge you to create a product that makes the process easier, less time-consuming, and more effective for others!

Each member of the winning team will receive a Fuji Smartphone Printer.

Best Finance Management Hack

Be strategic, analytical and foresee the long run.. How can you and your products help users master their finances and live more financially secure?

Each member of the winning team will receive a Bose Speaker.

Best Hack for College Students

College students are struggling in one way or another, so we’d better help them! Take the initiative and create a product that helps improve students’ college experience amidst a global pandemic that has changed their lifestyle.

Each member of the winning team will receive an Echo Dot.

Best Game Hack

Be bold, be creative, and just have fun -- we challenge you to build a game that has what it takes to rise to the top of the chart! No matter if it is a mobile game or PC game, how can you attract and connect players together through its aesthetic and technical execution?

Each member of the winning team will receive a Nintendo Switch.

Best Use of Data by MassMutual

Get creative! What data can you get your hands on to deliver a high social impact? We'll be looking at anything data related, from snappy visualizations and data sourcing, to fireproof modeling and data pipelining.

Each member of the winning team will receive a Fitbit Inspire 2.

Best Sustainability Hack by PowerAdvocate (3)

Address a current day sustainability problem that you see in our society. Some topics may be food waste, fast fashion, mental health, and more. Be creative!

There will be three winning teams: Best Overall Hack, Most Creative Hack, and Judges Pick. Each member of the winning teams will receive a Hydro Flask.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Judging Criteria

  • Ease of Use
    Is the program easy to use? Does it have a clear user interface? Is it accessible?
  • Ambition
    Is the usage of the technology/goal of the project ambitious and challenging?
  • Innovation
    Does the technology/design break new ground? Does it attack a new problem and provide a good solution?
  • Functionality
    Is the project fully functional (90-100%)? Does it meet intentions?

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