Welcome to the thirteenth biannual HackRU, hosted at Rutgers University by USACS, the Undergraduate Student Alliance of Computer Scientists!


Students who have registered for HackRU and checked-in to the event are eligible to participate. As per MLH regulations, all hackers must currently be a student or have graduated within the last school year.

All participants are only allowed to be a part of one team and submit one project. The max amount of people for a team is 4 people all being over 18 years in age. Participants will risk disqualification if they don't adhere to these guidelines.

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,960 in prizes

1st Place

3D Pen

2nd Place

Snapchat Spectacles

3rd Place

Nintendo 2DS

Best Hardware Hack

Awarded to hackers who create the best hack that utilizes MLH's hardware.

Winners will receive a Fire Tablet 7

Best Rutgers Hack

Awarded to hackers who create a hack that shows their Rutgers spirit. Winners will receive a Hoodie & Rutgers Cap

Best Solo Hack

Awarded to a hacker that utilizes their own skills to create a hack. Winner will receive a Headset & Amazon Gift Card

Best Survival Hack

Awarded to hackers that create the best hack that helps others. Winners will receive a Battery Pack with Flashlight & Multitool

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Best Use of Twilio API (2)

Merge VR/AR Goggles Virtual Reality Headset

Best Healthcare Hack from Knowledgent

Amazon Echo Dot

Best Fintech Award from BNY Mellon

Amazon Echo

Most Innovative Analysis from Vitech

$3000 Amazon Gift Card

Best Use of MongoDB, Atlas or Stitch

$50 Amazon Gift Card and Shirt

Best Financial Hack from Capital One

$250 Amazon Gift Card

Insurance App Made Easy from Prudential

Apple AIrPods

Is Your Data Good Enough? from Prudential

Amazon Prime Gift Cards

Best Use of Natural Language Processing from Gartner

Amazon Echo Dot and Laptop Bag

Best Use of Blockchain AI/ML, Social Apps, or Robotics & Sensors from RBC (2)

Parrot Drone

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Lars Sorensen

Lars Sorensen
CS Professor

Antonio Miranda

Antonio Miranda
CS Professor

Alex Borgida

Alex Borgida
CS Professor

Emmanuel Baah

Emmanuel Baah
Rutgers Alum and Former Hacker

Vince Xie

Vince Xie
Software Development Engineer at Amazon

Carlin Au

Carlin Au
Wants Maui to board my boat and restore the heart of Te Fiti

Toni Au

Toni Au
Front End Engineer at Wedgewood Communications

David Le

David Le
Research Assistant at Rutgers University in ECE

Timotius Sitoris

Timotius Sitoris
Web Developer at NYHackathons

Diana Navarro

Diana Navarro
Software Engineer at Tumblr

Doug Rudolph

Doug Rudolph
Software Engineer at BuzzFeed

Judging Criteria

  • TBA

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