500 participants creating innovative software and hardware hacks in less than 36 hours.

HackUMass, powered by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, is the largest hackathon in the Pioneer Valley, attracting over 500 hackers from all over the country to one arena. In 36 hours, participants will bring innovative ideas to life through both software and hardware projects.

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Eligibility

  • Students (Undergraduate, Graduate, or High School)
  • Individuals or teams of up to 4 members

Requirements

  • Project description
  • Team name
  • Video demo (optional)
  • Picture (optional)

Judges

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John Cole
Long River Ventures

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Aaron Soules
Angel Catalyst

Steve Willis

Steve Willis

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Bill Bither
MachineMetrics

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Karen Utgoff
Utgoff Consulting

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Daniel Smith
Raytheon BBN

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Dave Waymouth
Raytheon BBN

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Jessica Lau
IEEE

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Chuck Malloch
UMass ECE - M5

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Dave McLaughlin
UMass ECE - Professor

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Martin Muthee
UMass ECE

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Sandesh Virupaksha
UMass ECE

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Sergio "The Surge" Cunha
Verizon Wireless

Judging Criteria

  • HackUMass Finalist & Champions
    HackUMass Judges will select 8 finalist and 3 final CHAMPIONS based on these technical and non-technical criteria. - Creativity / Originality - Presentation / Polish - Design Process - User Experience - Technical Depth
  • Communication Innovation Award
    *The Surge is the sole judge for this category* Create a project that allows users to communicate with one another in a unique way; it must be effective and have a potential societal impact.