Hey Hackers! Welcome to the 7th iteration of Hoya Hacks, hosted at Georgetown University (and over the internet!). 

To register, please fill out either form below. Registering via Devpost does NOT count.

Virtual: Register at: https://forms.gle/J33NnzQdwaxJyzr57

For more information on schedule, prizes, and more, visit our website


  1. All projects will be submitted directly to DevPost.
  2. When submitting, please include ALL of the following info
    1. Brief written description of your project
    2. Short (2-5 minutes) video showcasing your project, uploaded the weekend-of
    3. Link your project repository/source code (GitHub, etc)
  3. Additionally, ensure your submission follows ALL of the following rules
    1. We will ONLY accept new projects. 
    2. We will NOT accept submission to multiple hackathons.
    3. We will ONLY accept boilerplate projects IF the changes (in your own code) are significant.
    4. Every member on your Devpost submission MUST be registered for the hackathon. 
    5. You can ONLY work on 1 team and project for the duration of this hackathon.

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,564 in prizes

First Place

1st Place Overall Winner as determined by the Judges.
Will be split among the team.

Second Place

2nd Place Overall Winner as determined by the Judges.
Will be split among the team.

Third Place

3rd Place Overall Winner as determined by the Judges.
Will be split among the team.

Hoyas Track

For Georgetown Students Only!
Gift Credit to the GU Bookstore.

Pandemic Year 2 Track Prize

Team Members will receive a:

Logitech MX Anywhere 3 Wireless Mouse

Social Impact Track Prize

Team Members will receive a:

Vilros Raspberry Pi 4 2GB Basic Starter Kit with Fan-Cooled Heavy-Duty Aluminum Alloy Case

Build a Game Track Prize

Team members will receive:
HyperX Cloud II - Gaming Headset, 7.1 Surround Sound, Memory Foam Ear Pads, Durable Aluminum Frame, Detachable Microphone

Google Cloud Track Prize

Team Members will receive a:
1st Place: Google Cloud Branded Backpack.

2nd Place: Google Cloud credits, Google Cloud Skills Boost Access

Best “ Connected Campus” use of Slack

Leverage Slack's channels, workflows, and API to turn slow, repetitive, manual processes, front of mind in your student experience, into rapid and automated apps and workflows. Not sure how to ask your professor a question, find a roommate, contact financial aid, connect with peers remotely? Help make your lives more simple, pleasant and productive using Slack!

First Place Prize: Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense Wired USB Gaming Headset

Gear Technologies Track

Our Blockchain partner. Build a blockchain app (dApp) by writing and deploying smart contracts on Gear's development platform.

Prizes at $150/$200/$300 for bronze/silver/gold tiers respectively

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi wireless phone charger.

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with embedded Arduino Uno compatible board. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!

Best Space App powered by Space Force

"The sky is not the limit! Try your hand at making a space-themed application for a chance to win a wireless Bluetooth speaker for you and your team from the U.S. Space Force! We’re looking for amazing solutions to any space-related problems you can imagine. For any sci-fi enthusiast, this is the perfect opportunity to push the limits of your creativity by building the technology of tomorrow, today. We can’t wait to see the solutions you build!

Please note: the majority of your team members must be located in the United States to qualify."

Best Web Monetization Project

Coil is all about providing better ways to access and reward the creators, publishers and platforms that you love. Coil members get to view web monetized sites while streaming micropayments directly to the website owner, or in this case, you! In turn, you can react to payments in real time by displaying a thank-you message, unlocking bonus content, features and so much more! The possibilities are endless. Build a web monetized hack using Coil for a chance to win an Anker - PowerCore Quick Charge Portable Charger, exclusive Coil pin and a $60 coil credit redemption card! Bonus points for originality and creativity!


High youth unemployment is one of the biggest problems currently affecting Africa. When youths can’t find viable jobs in their communities, they begin to migrate from rural areas in search of opportunities in bigger cities or different countries. Young people are usually uninterested in agriculture in large part due to their perception of farming being antiquated and unprofitable. In addition to lack of knowledge and capital, the image of agriculture traditionally has been more about subsistence where you produce enough for you to eat. It is not seen as a business. How can African youth of the 21st century begin to develop an interest in agriculture?

Smartphones are penetrating Africa at a very fast rate. Smartphones can be used as a tool to educate young Africans to be interested in agriculture. Thus, the need for a **knowledge base game app that enables 2 or more people to answer agricultural questions in the form of a game.**

Such an app will bring together young people to learn about agriculture and hopefully gain the interest to become farmers. Amba Farmers Game/Quiz is inspired by the television game show - Who Wants to be a Millionaire. *The show features a quiz competition with contestants attempting to win a top prize by answering a series of multiple-choice farming questions, usually of increasing difficulty.*

Drawing from this inspiration, we are interested in designing an app that will run on **android phones and a website where different contestants can sign in to play the game as a team, or anyone with access to the internet can play the game and in the process learn something on a particular farming topic.**

Features of the app should include the **possibility of SMS/audio/video conference** between the players. The app should enable players to **obtain points for any right question answered. At the end of the game, the app will show the top scorer of the game.** The app should be able to be installed from Amba Farmers Voice Facebook page, website, and YouTube pages at the end of each episode of Amba Farmers Voice program (perhaps through a link).

The app should **enable players anywhere in the world to connect to it and play, and also provide the possibility of someone to invite a friend anywhere in the world to play.**

For security reasons, **data transmitted between the players should be encrypted.** Furthermore, the app/website should be secure enough to prevent hackers.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Joshua Meredith

Joshua Meredith
UIS / Georgetown University

Judd Nicholson

Judd Nicholson
CIO / UIS / Georgetown University

Linda Buckley

Linda Buckley
Deputy CIO / UIS / Georgetown University

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