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Channel your crazy ideas to reality, regardless of whether you are a first-time coder or have 20 years of Android development experience. TAMUhack is the place to think, try, break and create. Hang out with us this one weekend in the heart of Aggieland to find out the limits of your creativity. All types of projects are welcome, and we'll be providing support for anything you want to build!


Must be over 18 years of age to participate, and currently enrolled in college/university. High school hackers are allowed if approved beforehand, and based on our policy (noted on our website). If you are under 18, you MUST have a chaperone with you at all times. If you have already graduated university, your graduation date must have been within one (1) year of TAMUhack 2020.

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$89,930 in prizes

TAMUhack 2020 Grand Prize

Choice between: iPad (2019) + Apple Pencil, Nintendo Switch + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle, Bose QC 35-2 + Fitbit Inspire

TAMUhack 2020 Second Place Prize

Choice between: iPad (2019) + Apple Pencil, Nintendo Switch + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle, Bose QC 35-2 + Fitbit Inspire

TAMUhack 2020 Third Place Prize

Choice between: iPad (2019) + Apple Pencil, Nintendo Switch + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle, Bose QC 35-2 + Fitbit Inspire

Hacker Favorite

After hacking ends, browse through the submissions on the TAMUhack 2020 Devpost to vote for your favorite hack! Awarded to the team with the most amount of likes on their Devpost submission link. JBL Charge 3 to each member on the team.

TAMUhack Best Beginner Hack

Congratulations for competing in your first hackathon! Best hack created by first-time hackers at TAMUhack (team must have at least 2 first-timers to qualify). Custom Glorious GMMK Keyboards to each member on the team.

TAMUhack Best Hardware Hack

Best hack that involves hardware usage/integration. DJI Tello Drone + Extra Battery to each member on the team.

TAMUhack Best UI/UX Hack

In the world of hacking and engineering, a product must not only work well, but also provide the best user experience possible - design and usability goes a long way! Best hack that demonstrates clear design and usability intentions. Philips Hue White LED Smart Button Starter Kit + Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Charcoal to each member on the team.

TAMUhack Most Innovative Hack

Tired of seeing the same repeating project ideas, like "Tinder, but for dogs" or "Uber, but for boats"? We want you to be extra creative, extra funny, and extra out-of-the-world with your hack. Bring out your most innovative and original idea and make it into reality through technology! Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse to each member on the team.

Best Sustainable Hack

Sponsored by the TAMU Office of Sustainability: The best hack that is geared towards sustainability, whether it be environmentally, socially, or economically (3 Principles of Sustainability). Prize: Water bottles and reusable bags

American Airlines Challenge (3)

Thousands of people fly American each and every day. This awesome responsibility opens the door to incredible opportunities. Help us elevate the customer travel experience, boost operational efficiences and employee performance (baggage handling, gate agents, etc.), or enhance American's brand image with your innovative hacks!
- 1st Place: 50,000 AAdvantage miles, one round trip international or two round trip within the US to each member on the team
- 2nd Place: 35,0000 AAdvantage miles, one round trip US, Canada or Mexico to each member on the team
- 3rd Place: 25,000 AAdvantage miles, one round trip US to each member on the team

JP Morgan Chase & Co. Challenge

"Information on Accessibility: Develop a web or mobile app that helps incentivize people – with and without disabilities – to provide more structured information on accessible spaces." Prize: Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones

USAA Challenge (3)

Build a solution that would help the Australian public or government with the current bush fires. Use any technology to provide the information needed to be safe. Prize: Airpod Pros

PwC Challenge (2)

We believe that technology, when used responsibly, can be a force for good. We challenge you to live out our purpose and hack for the future by developing a prototype that addresses one of these major societal challenges:

1. Up-skilling today’s workforce to give them the skills necessary to contribute in tomorrow’s digital economy
2. Resource or income inequality
3. Access to healthcare.
- 1st Place: Airpods with wireless charging case
- Most Impact: Tello Drone Quadcopter Elite Combo

Gartner Challenge

Challenging Chatbot Challenge.

By 2020, 85% of our engagement with businesses will be done without interacting with another human. Instead, we'll be using self-service options and chatbots.

Our research concludes that the future of technology will yield advancements in automation where chatbots will be the norm for user engagement. We challenge any willing attendees to participate and have an active role in this ongoing evolution!

--Develop/create a chatbot.
--Be innovative. We aren't looking for any specific use case, so feel free to get as creative as you want!
--Bonus points for conversational as well as functional.

Prize: Gartner branded Weekender Bundles

CBRE Challenge

Best Hack to build an efficient building with healthier indoor climates and user convenience. Prize: $50 gift card for each group member

Southwest Airlines Challenge

1/5th of US adults have never traveled on a commercial airline, and only 1/3rd of US adults have flow in the past year. Create a product that makes the air travel experience easier for those who don’t travel often or at all. Prize: Nintendo Switch Lite

Statefarm Challenge (3)

Given the dataset, found at, can you come up with an Application, Visualization, Machine Learning Model, or anything you may want to learn, to help State Farm to get more people to “Live Life Confidently”.
- 1st Place: Nintendo Switch Lite
- 2nd Place: Airpods
- 3rd Place: Google Home Mini

Microsoft Challenge

Best use of Microsoft Cognitive Services API. Prize: Raspberry Pi

Credera Challenge

Best mobile app (either native or a multi-platform framework). Prize: Google Home Mini

Pariveda Solutions Challenge

Hack that best helps serve the Bryan/College Station community. Prize: $50 Amazon gift card to members of winning team.

Baker Hughes Challenge

Create an innovative solution to how you would take energy forward that supports one or more of our core values: Grow, Collaborate, Lead, and Care. Prize: Exclusive half day Lunch + Tour at Baker Hughes Headquarters in Spring, TX that will allow the winning team to learn more about our company and the opportunity to meet a plethora of leadership members, company recruiters, and ASPIRE (early career program) members AND receive a super swag bag!

Contrary Capital Challenge

Most Business Viable Hack. Prize: One-on-one meeting with Contrary Capital founder Eric Tarczynski

Wolfram Challenge (40)

Best Hack using Wolfram|One. Awarded to Top 40 teams. Prize: Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Voiceflow Challenge

Best use of Voiceflow in a project. Prize: $50 Amazon gift cards for all members of the winning team

Best Domain Name from

Register a domain using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a branded backpack.

Best use of Google Cloud (3)

Use any Google Cloud product in your project (Firebase counts!) to be eligible.
- 1st Place: Google Nest Mini, Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, and Cloud Water Bottle for each team member
- 2nd Place: Google Nest Mini for each team member
- 3rd Place: Google Nest Mini for each team member

Best Automation Hack with UiPath

Build or add automation to your hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a Limited Edition UiPath Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with high recommendation!

Best Use of Devpost

Use Devpost features to the utmost! Pictures, videos, passionate explanations. Each winning team member will receive $20 Visa gift cards.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


An Amazing Judging Panel

An Amazing Judging Panel

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    How unique and original is the hack?
  • Practicality
    How useful is the hack based on the problem they are trying to solve?
  • Technicality
    What type of technical challenges did the group face during the hack? How did they overcome these obstacles?
  • Presentation
    How was the visual design and interaction experience? Was the demo seamless? Did the group have good cohesion and explanation of their hack?
  • X-Factor
    Were you blown away by the hack?

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