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$32,810 in prizes

Best Overall (3)

First Place: Winning team members will each receive an iPad.

Second Place: Winning team members will each receive a Nintendo Switch Lite.

Third Place: Winning team members will each receive a Beats Solo.

All winners of the overall category will also receive MLH Winner Pins.

Track: Best Sustainability -- Sponsored by Bloomberg

Winning team members will each receive a Larq bottle.

Track: Best Education

Winning team members will each receive a choice between one Apple Pencil and Logitech Mechanical Keyboard (four total, two Apple Pencils and two keyboards).

Track: Best Gaming

Winning team members will each receive a Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset.

Track: Best AI

Winning team members will each receive a Mini Drone Quadcopter UAV.

Best Beginner Hack

Teams are eligible for the Best Beginner Hack if at least half of the team members are first time hackers. Winning team members will each receive a JBL speaker.

Best Hardware Hack

Winning team members will each receive a Elegoo hardware starter kit and exclusive NordVPN, NordPass, & Incogni activation code for each person!

Most Technically Complex Hack

Winning team members will each receive an Official Creality Ender 3 3D Printer.

Best Design Hack

Winning team members wil each receive a Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 Camera (film included) and 1-year Axure RP Team Subscription per person.

Most Useless Hack

Winning team members will each receive a Handheld Tetris Mini Console and Dinosaur Silly Bandz.

Best Domain Name from GoDaddy Registry - Major League Hacking

GoDaddy Registry is giving you everything you need to be the best hacker no matter where you are. Register your domain name with GoDaddy Registry for a chance to win a Hack from Home Kit! Each Kit contains wireless earbuds, blue light glasses, selfie ring light and a pouch for easy transport.

Best Use of Taipy - Major League Hacking

Taipy is a powerful yet easy to use open-source Python library for creating full stack web applications! If you’re a Python developer, this library enables you to build interactive and dynamic graphical user interfaces and support them with data-driven backends. All of these functionalities are just a pip install taipy away and can cut your development time in half! Use Taipy in your hackathon project for a chance to win a set of JBL Wireless Headphones for you and each of your team members, as well as a chance to have your project featured on the Taipy website!

Best Use of MongoDB Atlas - Major League Hacking

MongoDB Atlas takes the leading modern database and makes it accessible in the cloud! Get started with a $50 credit for students or sign up for the Atlas free forever tier (no credit card required). Along with a suite of services and functionalities, you'll have everything you need to manage all of your data, and you can get a headstart with free resources from MongoDB University! Build a hack using MongoDB Atlas for a chance to win a M5GO IoT Starter Kit for you and each member of your team.

Best Use of Google Cloud - Major League Hacking

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: Winners will receive a Google Cloud branded backpack!

Be sure to redeem your Google Cloud Credits as soon as possible through the Google Cloud Credit Form. Use the promo code in your pre-event email to access the form!

Best Use of Circle - Major League Hacking

With Circle, you can embed secure wallets into your app in just minutes. Circle Web3 wallets are compatible with multiple blockchains and are supported by over a dozen programming language SDKs. Circle’s programmable wallets will enable you to add secure transactions to your hackathon project using RESTful APIs, with options for both user and developer controlled transactions. If your hackathon idea involves in-app purchases, user to user payments, app to user payments, or all of the above, integrating Circle programmable wallets to your Web2 or Web3 tech-stack may be the perfect solution.

Sign up for a developer account and start using Circle’s APIs today, for a chance to win a Circle Branded Hardware Wallet for you and each of your teammates!

Best Use of MATLAB - Major League Hacking

MATLAB and Simulink are computational tools used at over 100,000 businesses, government and university sites in over 190 countries. Use MATLAB and/or Simulink exclusively or integrate them into another tool for your next hack to win an exclusive MathWorks branded Wireless YoYo Speaker! You can also claim a free MATLAB software license to get started.

Most Creative Use of GitHub - Major League Hacking

GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Most Creative Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!

Most Curious Use of a USB -- Sponsored by USB Club (3)

We invite you to follow your curiosity and explore what you can do with the humble USB drive, from portable databases to traveling apps and beyond. Eligible for any project that uses a USB drive.

We'll be giving out our favorite headphones to the winning team, the Sony WH-1000XM5!

Best Financial Hack -- Sponsored by Capital One

How will you reimagine banking? Visit our API link for more info:

Winning team members will each receive a $250 amazon gift card for their best financial hack challenge.

Best use of Viam software in robotics -- Sponsored by Viam (2)

Viam is a software platform that lets you easily integrate with and control hardware components, as well as use services like machine learning, vision, and data management. Build and program your robot in the programming language of your choice (including Typescript, Python, C++, Go, Flutter). Get creative and bring forward your best arcade robot!

Winning team will receive receive a fully equipped viam rover (with rplidar, raspberry pi, 18650 batteries) aka robotic dev kit

Most Innovative Use Of Verbwire API -- Sponsored by Verbwire

Winners receive up to $400 total cash across two teams (up to $200 per team). Each team member will be given a $50 Amazon gift card, max of 4 people ($200) per team.

Creative Use Of Verbwire API -- Sponsored by Verbwire (20)

Winners will receive $5,000 in Premium API Credits.

Best Use of Metaphor API -- Sponsored By Metaphor (3)

Awarded to the team that best incorporates the Metaphor API into their project. Winners will each receive keychron mechanical keyboards for their project submission.

Most Creative use of the Twilio API -- Sponsored by Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication and data features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API (including Segment or SendGrid) for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Get started with $25 in free credit!

Winners will receive a theragun wave vibration therapy devices each!

Best use of Statistics -- Sponsored by SIG

Winners will receive exclusive SIG swag!

Best Distributed Systems Hack -- Sponsored by Five Rings

At Five Rings, distributed systems are at the heart of all the work we do. We will be looking for the best project making use of a distributed architecture. Here are a few examples, but don't feel limited in your approach!

* Coordination of multiple processes
* IPC, such as shared memory or RPCs
* Pub/sub message model
* Parallel computation

We will be judging on the following criteria
* How suited the chosen architecture is for the problem being solved
* Technical complexity
* Project creativity

Winning team members will get Bose Pair and Power Smart Speakers with Wireless Charging Cradles!

Best Use of Aleo

Aleo is a Layer-1 blockchain that is zero-knowledge in design. Developers can build on Aleo using the Leo programming language.

Learn & earn for successfully deploying on Aleo. Those who have achieved verified deployment will each be awarded a $100 Amazon gift card!

Best Computer Vision Hack -- Sponsored by Roboflow

$300 to the winning team in Amazon gift cards will be awarded.

The Wolfram Award (20)

Top 20 teams overall at PennApps XXIV will receive a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro access.

Devpost Achievements

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