Syracuse University's 24-hour HYBRID hackathon on Saturday, February 19th. Open to beginners! 
Create anything from applications to websites. Work with a team or solo, and present your project the next day for the chance to win cool prizes!




Saturday, February 19th:

10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST         Check-In - ATRIUM (In-Person Only)

11:30 am - 12:00 pm EST       Opening Ceremony - LSB 001 and Zoom

12:00 pm EST                         Hacking Begins

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST         Team Building Activity - LSB 001 and Zoom

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST         Networking - Discord (Some sponsors In-Person)

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST           Workshop: Let's Learn Rust - LSB 105 and Zoom

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST           Workshop: Multicore C - LSB 105 and Zoom

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST           Sponsored Workshop: Syracuse Open Data API - LSB 001 (In-Person Only)

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST           Workshop: Preparing for Interviews in C++ - LSB 105 and Zoom

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm EST           Sponsored Workshop: M&T Bank SPA Development - LSB 001 and Zoom

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST           Workshop: Multicore C - LSB 105 and Zoom

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST           Workshop: Preparing for Interviews in C++ - LSB 105 and Zoom

7:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST           MLH No Light HTML Event - Zoom Only

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST           MLH Slideshow Event - Zoom Only

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST           Workshop Series AI: Reinforcement Learning 1 - LSB 105 and Zoom

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST  Activity - LSB 001 and Zoom

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST         Workshop Series AI: Reinforcement Learning 2 - LSB 105 and Zoom

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST       Workshop Series AI: Neural Nets 1 - LSB 105 and Zoom

10:00 pm - 10:30 pm EST       Kareoke Activity - LSB 001 (In-Person Only)

10:00 pm - 10:30 pm EST       Among Us - Zoom only 

11:00 pm - 11:30 pm EST       Amazon Prime Jeopardy - LSB 001 (In-Person Only)

11:30 pm - 12:00 pm EST       Virtual Amazon Prime Jeopardy - Zoom Only

11:00 pm - 12:00 am EST       Workshop Series AI: Neural Nets 2 - LSB 105 and Zoom


Sunday, February 20th:

2:00 am - 2:30 am EST           Big Jenga Activity  - ATRIUM (In-Person Only)

12:00 pm EST                         Hacking Ends

12:30 pm - 4:00 pm EST         Judging

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST           Hacker Expo - ATRIUM and Zoom

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST          Jackbox Activity - LSB 001 and Zoom

4:00 pm EST                           Closing Ceremony  - LSB 001 and Zoom



  • Submissions will automatically be considered for 1st-3rd place. To be considered for other catagories, they must be selected upon submission.
  • Submission deadline at 12pm. Anything submitted after will not be considered. 
  • Project submission must only be for CuseHacks and cannot be an old project. Hackers cannot work for multiple team submissions.
  • Boilerplate projects are acceptable if licensed properly and you must document the dependencies.
  • Submissions must include a 2-5 minute video as an overview/demonstration of your hack. Anything past 6 minutes will not be watched. Github repository is strongly encouraged.
  • Code is required for all categories except the CNR (Code Not Required) Category

Hackathon Sponsors


1st Place

JBL Mini Speaker

2nd Place


3rd Place

Apple Air Tag

Best Beginner Hack


Most Fun or Unique Hack

Smart Color Changing Lightbulb

Best Community Hack

Best Community Hack that includes IDEA values or focuses on sustainability or accessibility.

Mini Blender

Best CNR (Code Not Required)

Projects include pitches, UX/UI designs and failed code.

Smart Notebook

Best Use of AssemblyAI API

Build the best project using the AssemblyAI API. Each person on the winning team will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

MLH Best Domain Registered with

PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger
Register a .tech domain name using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Include domain name/s in the Devpost submission!

MLH Best Use of Google Cloud

Google Cloud Swag Bag or Backpack

MLH Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio Swag Box
GameGo Console
Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and more right into your hackathon project using web service APIs

MLH Most Creative Use of Github

GitHub Octocat Statue, Plushy & Sticker bundle. Must sign up for GitHub Global Campus and use a GitHub repository to be eligible. Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!

MLH Best Use of CockroachDB

3D Printing Pen for winning team, t-shirt for all projects that use CockroachDB while supplies last.
Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database

MLH Best Use of DeSo

$100 worth of $DESO coin & a DeSo branded tumbler
DeSo is the official Web3 sponsor of the MLH Hackathon League and the first Layer 1 blockchain custom-built for decentralized social media applications. While blockchains like Avalanche or Solana cost $0.50+ to store just a 200-character post, the DeSo blockchain is built with custom indexing and storage optimizations which make it 10,000X cheaper to store social content on-chain! In order to qualify for the contest, you must launch an app that writes to the DeSo blockchain and/or implements DeSo identity. While social media apps are a great fit for DeSo, you can also build financial apps, marketplaces, and more on the DeSo blockchain. For inspiration on project ideas, you can check out some of the existing 200+ apps already live on DeSo at as well as our DeSo APIs.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Jae Oh

Jae Oh
EECS Department Chair

Garret Katz

Garret Katz
EECS Assistant Professor

Kris Micinski

Kris Micinski
EECS Assistant Professor

Sarah Weber

Sarah Weber
Director of Employer Relations

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith
iSchool Adjunct Professor

Nadeem Ghani

Nadeem Ghani
EECS Assistant Teaching Professor

Caitlin Sanders

Caitlin Sanders
CuseHacks Founder, Twitter SWE

Martin Stuebler
Founder BioFluff

Avrora Shuhalii

Avrora Shuhalii
Luxoft UX Architect

Huiting Xu

Huiting Xu
Ph.D Computer Science

Raghav Poddar

Raghav Poddar
CEO & Co-founder of Forward Kitchens

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity
    How high-tech/technically intricate is your project?
  • Creativity/Originality
    How inventive is your project?
  • Design
    How organized/aesthetically pleasing is your project?
  • Impact
    How does your project stand out next to others?

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