HawkHack is a 24-hour hackathon event at Montclair State University. Students of any majors are welcome to form a team and build awesome software and hardware projects. Industry experts and mentors will be there to help and guide students and create a learning environment through talks, workshops, and one-on-one guidance. We encourage anyone from beginner to advanced developers to challenge themselves and create something awesome.


  • Undergraduate
  • Recent Graduate (up to 1 year)
  • High School Student

Teams up to 4 people

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$1,010 in prizes

Best Hack 1st Place: Google Daydream View

Each team member will receive a Google Daydream View.
$100 / team member

Best Hack 2nd Place: Sphero Ollie

Each team member will receive a Sphero Ollie.
$80 / team member

Best Hack 3rd Place: Amazon Echo Dot

Each team member will receive an Amazon Echo dot.
$50 / team member

Best AI Hack

Each team member will receive a $30 Amazon Gift Card.

Best Solo Hack

Winner receives a $60 Amazon Gift Card.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Students who have registered for HawkHack and checked-in to the event are eligible to participate. To enter go on our website: hawkhack.io.

As per our regulations, all hackers must currently be a student or have graduated within the last school year. All participants are only allowed to be a part of one team and submit one project. The max amount of people for a team is 4 people all being over 18 years in age. Participants will risk disqualification if they don't adhere to these guidelines.

If you have any other questions feel free to join our Slack!


Dawei Li

Dawei Li
Professor, Montclair State University

Lee Painton

Lee Painton
Site Reliability Engineer, Google, MSU Alumni

Ken Carlascio

Ken Carlascio
Director Apps Dev, UPS

George Antoniou

George Antoniou
Professor, Montclair State University

John Szabo

John Szabo
VP, Production Services Application Lead, BNY Mellon

Constantine Coutras

Constantine Coutras
Chairperson, Montclair State University

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Show of creativity including UX, and UI design for user experience.
  • Work Done
    How much work was completed within the given time period
  • Complexity
    How challenging or technically difficult the project is to create
  • Extensibility
    How are you planning to expand your project, beyond the hackathon?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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