Connect, collaborate, and create with 700 of the brightest developers, engineers, and designers. Whether you’re a seasoned hacker or a tech newbie, Knight Hacks welcomes you. Just bring an open mind and an insatiable desire to learn, and we’ll take care of the rest. Create a product, learn new skills, and have fun with friends old and new - all in 36 hours. This year, Knight Hacks will be hosting our first-ever virtual hackathon! Register today by visiting


Undergraduate and graduate students from any college or university anywhere in the world are eligible to apply to Knight Hacks, as well as those who have graduated in the past 12 months. Unfortunately, Knight Hacks 2020 cannot admit high school students or students under 18 years of age.

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$5,409 in prizes

First Place

Xbox Series S

Second Place

Airpods Pro

Third Place

Ryze Tech Tello Drone

Best AR/VR Hack

A Google Home Hub for each team member!

Best Hardware Hack

An Adafruit LED 64x64 RGB LED Matrix for each team member

Best Design

A **Wacom CTL4100 Intuos Graphics Drawing Tablet** for each team member

Most Ridiculous Hack (2)

Best Beginner Hack

A **Canakit Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit** for each team member

**Eligibility:** A project built by a team where at least 75% of team members are first-time hackathon attendees

Best Hardware Hack from MLH & Digi-key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

Best Domain Registered with from MLH & provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from for their project this weekend!

Technology as a Force for Good from PWC (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. Upskilling 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
You may use any technology but we encourage teams to consider both the technical design and user experience of your prototype.
Prizes: Each member of the winning team will receive a $50.00 gift card to Amazon

COVID-19 Hackathon Fund from Google Cloud (2)

Supporting hackathon projects solving for challenges related to COVID-19

Selected programs will receive an exclusive invitation to apply for up to $5000 in Google Cloud Credits and guidance from Google Developers.

Best Financial Hack from Capital One

The winning team will receive $150 Amazon gift card for each team member

You're welcome to use Capital One's API at

Best Use of Google Cloud from Google Cloud (2)

Use any Google Cloud product (Firebase counts!) to qualify.

**First Place - Each member of the team receives:**

- Patagonia Backpack
- Acrylic Trophy
- Water Bottle

**Second Place Team - Each member of the team receives:**

- Google Nest Mini

All But War Is Simulation Challenge from U.S. Army PEO STRI & NSIN

- Using any open source game engine platform, develop a game that simulates a military Tactic, Technique, or Procedure (TTP) of your choice. Design and implement terrain models and AI agents to interact with players using realistic behaviors.
- Judging will be based on doctrinal accuracy and training realism!
- Prize: TBD

Best Hack for Tech Education by Facebook

Build an interactive platform that teaches students technical problem solving skills

Prize: TBA

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Chris Feltner

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.
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning
    Did the team try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before? If a team which always does virtual reality projects decides to switch up and try doing a mobile app instead, that exploration should be rewarded.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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