DandyHacks the University of Rochester's annual, student hackathon.

DandyHacks is University of Rochester’s annual 36-hour long hackathon. The event brings together not only college students from different campuses but also tech companies from across the nation. Our event is a free, open event to students and a great way to strengthen the computer science community. We will have prize categories for specific topics as well as the use of technologies, and a general category.

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Hackathon Sponsors


$2,115 in prizes

First Place

Cash Sponsored by the University of Rochester Career Center

Second Place

$100 Amazon Gift Card

Third Place

$75 Amazon Giftcard

1010Data Best Use of Data

Parrot AR Drone 2.0

FactSet Most Create Data Visualization

$50 Amazon gift card

Wolfram Tech Award (2)

Best use of Wolfram API

Amazon Web Services

Best Use of Amazon Web Services gets $250 of AWS Credit

Funniest Domain Name

Best Domain Name Registered on Domain.com

Best Hack Against Online Harassment

Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Robert St. Jacques

Robert St. Jacques





Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be more about how good the human-computer interaction is.
  • Creativity/Innovation
    Is the project fun? Did you have a good reaction? Is it something interesting that you haven't seen before?