Come celebrate BostonHack’s 5th birthday with us on November 16th-17th, 2019! You can be one of the 500 hackers from all over North America who will come and create innovative projects right in the heart of Boston University’s campus. You can also look forward to participating in workshops, interacting with our sponsors, and, of course, swag!


 You must be a college student to participate! 

Hackathon Sponsors


1st Place Prize

Next Gen Track

UberEats Gift Card

Problem for the Ages Track


Back to the Future Track - Sponsored by Raytheon

Prize: Google Homes

Bose Challenge

Hack something with BoseAR SDK or Bose SoundTouch API!
Prize: Noise Cancelling headphone 700

Capital One - Best Financial Hack

Prize: $250 Amazon Gift Card/team member

Best use of Google Cloud (2)

Use any Google Cloud product ( to be eligible.
Grand Prize: Cloud Patagonia Backpacks, Cloud Pillows, Cloud Trophies, and Cloud Water Bottles for each team member.
Second Place: Google Home Minis for each team member.

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 Automation Hack with UiPath

Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with a high recommendation!

Best use of Twilio

Create a hack using Twilio's powerful communications API. Do things like send SMS messages, phone calls, email, and much more in your project. The team that has the best use of Twilio will win littleBits R2D2 Droid Kits!

Best use of Transposit

Only 24 hours to create your project? No problem, Create an app and compose different APIs together with the world's first API composition platform, Transposit. Each winning team member will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Astrazeneca - Environmental Sustainability Challenge

How can we use things like AR, AI, Gamification, Mobile, AR, Wearables to improve health, footprint, and recycling?

Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Cards

Astrazeneca - Digital Health Challenge

How can we use technology to ensure medication adherence for example?

Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Cards

BU Spark! Computational Art Challenge

Create a project that is grounded in and highlights the intersection of computer science/engineering and art. We encourage you to push the limits of the tools made available to you this weekend. Discover Computational Art:

Prize: $250 gift card for whole team

BU Spark! Fellowship Challenge

BU Students Only: Do you have an idea for a technical project? Send us your best computational idea for a spot in the BU Spark! Innovation Fellowship in Spring 2020. Find out more about our Innovation Fellowship here: Technical and/or UXD teammates are allowed during the course of the fellowship.

BU Spark! Track your Trash Challenge

Students need to help colleges reduce waste on campus. Right now, this is done by weighing trash. We can do better! We want your ideas on how to do this better. A few problems we are trying to solve are:

1. How to better classify the composition of trash (think computer vision models)
2. How to best track the waste generated by each individual student (think: app that incentivizes photo uploads so we can also build a trash classifier while attributing trash to each student)
3. How to retrofit existing trash cans to collect data on trash composition or to guide users on which trash can to use e.g. bottle vs. orange vs. paper (think: hardware)

We are open to any cool ideas you have beyond the above, it can be just for a student’s dorm room, for the dining room, or industrial purposes. Winning projects will receive a visa gift card: $500

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Sponsor and External Judges will be present!

Sponsor and External Judges will be present!

Judging Criteria

  • Technical
  • Useful
  • Originality
  • Polish

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