For the first time ever, join us for a weekend of student-driven innovation and collaboration on the hallowed hills of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Over 36 caffeine-filled, sleepless hours, students from both the University of Tennessee and outside the university will brainstorm, build, break, test, and deploy whatever they imagine for the chance to win amazing prizes, while interacting with professional mentors and engineers, meeting recruiters, and listening to great tech talks and tutorials from sponsors. When not hacking, take a break to go to the hill and play ultimate frisbee, enjoy a cup stacking competition, pick up that sweet swag, and participate in other mini-games. Did we mention there will also be an excess of free food, hacker-controlled music, many snack breaks, unlimited drinks, and endless caffeine?

For more information, including our FAQ and the link to join our Slack channel, go to volhacks.org.

If you are a sponsor or know a sponsor that would like to help make this event happen, please email sponsor@volhacks.org.

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Eligibility

Individuals over 18 years in age, who are undergraduate or graduate students at a college or university, or who graduated within the last year. Teams may have up to four members. 

Requirements

Build whatever you can imagine, as long as it abides by the MLH Code of Conduct and does not violate any University of Tennessee, Knoxville policies.

Specifically, we encourage the submission of hacks composed of software, hardware, VR/AR, IoT/embedded devices, and anything you can conjure up with your laptop and what you have available (which includes MLH's Hardware Lab).

See the Judging Criteria section for what the presentation round judges and the final round judges will be looking for in your hack.

Judges

Andrew May

Andrew May
Founder of Codestock, Co-Founder and Sr. Developer at CodeTank Labs

Cody Lambert

Cody Lambert
Founder of KnoxDevs, Director of Software Engineering at Pro2Serve

Jonathan Sexton

Jonathan Sexton
Entrepreneur in Residence and Director of The Works Accelerator at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center

Judging Criteria

  • These criteria technically apply to the 1st-3rd place prizes, but we're sure that they'll also help you score sponsor's choice prizes!
  • Creativity of the Idea and Finished Hack
    How novel and/or creative is the idea? How creatively was the hack made? Is the hack a new idea?
  • Technical Depth of the Implementation
    How well is the hack implemented? How complex is the problem being solved? How elegant is the solution to the problem being solved? How much technical skill was required to build the hack?
  • Usefulness of the Idea and Finished Hack
    How useful is the idea and hack presented? How much is the solution to the problem it is solving needed? How much money will this save? How many people will this help?
  • Quality of the Demonstration
    How well was the demonstration given? How realistic was the demonstration in the context of the hack presented?