What is BostonHacks?

BostonHacks is a 24-hour event where students from different backgrounds gather together to use technology to create cool projects. Come to BostonHacks to expand your knowledge and skills, make new friends, win prizes, and network with recruiters from our corporate sponsors!

Please review the full descriptions for each track: Google Doc and our Schedule

Questions? Ask an organizer or join our Discord Server


All submissions must:

  1. Provide a link to a public Github or GitLab repository
  2. A 2 minute or less demo video for their Submission (Must be created during the hackathon)
  3. A complete Devpost Entry for their Submission (Must include 1 track and any additional side tracks/ challenges)

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$6,450 in prizes

Mini Projecter

Prize for Automating for Meaning. Every person on the team gets a mini projector (Up to 4)

Massage Gun

Prize for Innovating with AI. Every person on the team gets a massage gun (Up to 4)

Instant Photo Printer

Prize for Revamping the Old. Every person on the team gets a instant photo printer (Up to 4)

Sony Headphones

Prize for best overall hack. Every person on the team gets a pair of noise-cancelling sony headphones (Up to 4)

Side Track - $500

Who has the best ideas for how to improve the college experience for college students? YOU DO! BU Spark! is also trying to improve the lives of college students. Projects can address any aspect of college life from improving studying to meeting friends to measuring recycling in your dorm to destressing college students during exam periods.

The best project will be evaluated based on the utility of the solution to solving a real problem on campus that will positively impact the lives of students, the technical quality of the project (no bugs, no UI dead ends, no dummy data, externally deployed not on your local server, how complete the project is i.e. ready to use by students).

Side Track - $100

Health and human services professions such as dietetics, nutrition, occupational therapy physical therapy, speech language pathology and social work focus on the impact of daily habits and lifestyle. The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our health and well-being. How can we revamp existing healthcare technology, tools, systems and processes to devise better approaches to inspire healthy lifestyles and resiliency for people of all ages and to mitigate the impact of compassion fatigue, stress and burnout?

Challenge - 3D Printing Pen & T-Shirt

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. PostgreSQL compatible and easy to use. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for each team member. What's more, ALL projects submitted that use CockroachDB will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last!

Challenge - Domain.com Branded Backpack

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Challenge - LinkedIn Premium 12-Month subscription and Xbox Ultimate 3-Month Game Pass

Bring your idea to life using the Microsoft Cloud - automatically build and deploy a full stack web app from a code repository, create and train a Machine Learning model, develop business applications with little to no code using Power Platform, and more! View our recommended popular solutions in the Education Hub at https://aka.ms/startedu

Challenge - Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication 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 for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Get started with $50 in free credit!

Challenge - $3,000 (1st place), $1,500 (2nd place)

The Friends for Drew Foundation is partnering with Jeeva Health to build the Friends for Life (FFL) App that is targeted at building secure friend communities who will look out for each other and intervene when necessary – ultimately to reduce the barriers for those who are suffering from mental health and addiction issues to seek help.
Challenge #1: Live, interactive Dashboard for critical information access on substance Abuse, Mental Health
Challenge #2: Gamified Methods to build participation and accountability for abuse

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Complexity
    The hack is impressively built and has a wide range of features and functionality that are fully functioning. Uses a wide variety of resources to create an amazing hack.
  • Originality
    Approaches a current problem in a new and refreshing way with features that are uncommon. Idea of the hack is clever and makes great use of tools that are available.
  • Quality/Polish
    The source code for the application is complete and fully documented. May also include other specifics such as continuous integration, product specifications, and testing.
  • Usefulness
    Provides a solution to a validated problem or need and there is clear evidence of engaging and researching user need.
  • Pitch/Presentation
    Provided a convincing presentation of how the hack demonstrates the above qualities with confidence. Demonstrates expert knowledge in the tools that were used.

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