HackDuke is about collaboration, not competition. We aim to be not just a place about building meaningful projects, but also an open forum to discuss, share and bring to life ideas that aim to make a positive impact on social issues. Look forward to working and coding alongside mentors from tech and for-impact companies!


  • All hacks must be built by accepted, confirmed, and checked-in HackDuke attendees. (This includes registered and checked-in Duke students.)
  • Teams must consist of no more than four members.
  • Hackers must be a current student, or have left school within the past year, and present enrollment identification (i.e. student ID) to a HackDuke organizer if asked.
  • Due to university liability requirements, individuals must be at least 18 years old.


Submissions are due on Devpost by 12:00pm on Sunday, though feel free to submit early and change it up to the deadline.

You must include videos, photos, or screenshots of the working product and a link to the source code (GitHub, etc.) of your project.

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,775 in prizes

Zoho Cliq - Best use of Cliq API

All of you are going to be using Zoho's Cliq for communication during the Hackathon. You can connect your Hackathon software project with Cliq using its APIs. The best project on Cliq gets a $1000 cash prize. The next ten best will get $100 Amazon gift cards each!

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c + power source

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Best use of the Smartcar API

Google Home Mini for each team member

Capital One - Best Financial Hack

$250 Amazon Gift Cards to each member of the winning team

Contrary Capital: Most Startup-Viable Hack

Win a private pitch or office hours session with the Duke team or Contrary’s Managing Partner!

Coinbase: Best use of the BlockChain

$1000 in bitcoin or ethereum to the winning team for best use of the blockchain in their project + guaranteed interview with Coinbase. (Participants are encouraged to work on Coinbase, GDAX, or Toshi API but don't need to use it to win)

Microsoft: Best use of Microsoft Cognitive Services API

$100 Azure pass for each team member (4x)

Best use of the Facebook API

Prize: Solar powered backpack

.TECH / .SPACE - best hack / website on a .TECH or a .SPACE domain name

$400 Amazon Gift Vouchers for the team that submits the best hack / website on a .TECH or a .SPACE domain name

ConsenSys API Prize

$2000 worth of ether will be awarded to any team who best incorporates Uport in their hack.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Judging Criteria

  • Inequality Track
    The Inequality track targets problems regarding both social and economic inequality. This track is built on the principle that everyone should have the capacity to reach their full potential.
  • Energy and Environment Track
    The Energy and Environment track encompasses a technical perspective to deal with large issues impacting energy use, allocation and environmental regulations.
  • Health and Wellness Track
    The Healthcare track allows hackers to work with various kinds of health related data, as well as connect with mentors from the intersection of health and technology.
  • Education Track
    The Education track teams hackers with educators, reaching out to all levels of subjects and skills. In addition to Education events sponsored by HackDuke, projects aim to increase visibility of technology and to introduce basic skills to the public.

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