Join us for the first-ever Virtual DandyHacks, affiliated with the Computer Science Undergraduate Council at the University of Rochester! At DandyHacks, we are fully committed to being an accessible and beginner-friendly hackathon, offering workshops to teach beginners valuable skills and mentors to guide and advise hackers throughout the 36 hours. This year, DandyHacks will take place from October 23, 9:00 pm to October 25, 9:00 am EDT, with an Opening Ceremony on October 23, 8:00 pm EDT and a Closing Ceremony on October 25, 12:00 pm EDT. All hackers may network with our professional volunteers and other hackers via our Discord server and have the opportunity to relax with our leisure-based activities. A full schedule and further information on the event will be available in the coming weeks on our website, We hope that regardless of your experience and background in coding, you will learn something new, and have fun all the while.


Anyone 18 years or older may participate in our hackathon. 

No country restrictions. 

English language proficiency mandatory. 

No more than 4 people in a single team (one project submission). 


Hackers may submit whatever project they start for this hackathon by October 25th, 9am EDT. 

To have their project considered for the contest and tracks, hackers must submit a video demo explaining what their project is and a brief description of how it works. The video should not be longer than 5 minutes. 

Please check off the tracks you'd like your projects to be considered in when submitting your video. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,760 in prizes

First Place

All Team members get:
(Keyboard & Mouse + Bluetooth Speaker + Fitbit Charge 3)
Quadcopter Cam
(Winner chooses)
$165 value per team member

Second Place

All Team members get:
Bluetooth earbuds and
External HD 1TB
$90 value per team member

Third Place

All Team members get:
Tile Mate
Sleep Mask with Headphones
$50 value per team member

Best Hack to build a SMART- Tech Hub “Ecosystem”

Sponsored by M&T Bank:
♚ 1st Place: $250 for each winning team member from a prize catalog
♚ 2nd Place: A coffee chat with one of our M&T Technologists for each winning team member

Showcase your ideas to create new experiences and services leveraging smart technologies - which are connected to the Internet and AI-driven - to improve various aspects of the employee and guest experience on Seneca One Tech Hub campus. If you are interested in working for this track, you should attend M&T SMART Track Description event Friday night 9:30-10:30pm EDT (Link: )

Resources Provided by M&T:

Tech for Social Good

Sponsored by WiC/MiC.
Projects that recognize and tackle important social issues as experienced by our immediate community and society may choose to opt into this track.
Prize: Fully Adjustable Curved Laptop Stand
$20 value per team member

Best Video Game

Sponsored by Video Game Dev Club. As the name suggests, projects focused on either enhancing the experience of playing video games, or projects that are video games themselves, may opt into this track.

Prize: Team Gets $60 Steam Gift Card.
Split based on the number of team members.

Hacking with echoAR

Sponsored by echoAR.
Build the best AR/VR application using the echoAR platform!

echoAR is a cloud platform for augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) that provides tools and server-side infrastructure to help developers; companies quickly build and deploy 3D apps.

To get access to this service, register using this link:

$50 Amazon Gift per member.
1-month free Business Tier access
Selected projects will be featured on our “Inspiration” Page

Healthcare Track

Sponsored by the UR Department of Biology.
We are looking for any project that helps answer any of the following prompts:

1. How can you provide services to address mental health issues for college students?
2. How can you improve contact tracing and COVID testing on college campuses?
3. How can you enhance access to healthcare in disadvantaged communities?

$50 value per team member

Best Use of CockroachDB

Sponsored by MLH.
Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. PostgreSQL compatible and easy to use. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for each team member. What's more, ALL projects submitted that use CockroachDB will receive a free t-shirt!

Prize: CockroachDB Branded 3-Doodle 3D Printing Pen

Best Domain Registered with

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using 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 & Backpack.

Best use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini.

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 Arduino Uno R3 included. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Wendi Heinzelman

Wendi Heinzelman
Professor and Dean of Hajim

Jason Sherron
Director of Partner Engagement, Autonomic

Lisa Gregory Chille

Lisa Gregory Chille
Software Engineer, Microsoft

George Ferguson

George Ferguson
Associate Professor (Instruction) of Dept. of Computer Science

Alon Grinshpoon

Alon Grinshpoon
Founder and CEO of echoAR

Dawn Kopacz

Dawn Kopacz
M&T Track Judge

Matt Egyhazy

Matt Egyhazy
M&T Track Judge

Mike Zaharkin

Mike Zaharkin
M&T Track Judge

Caleb Thompson

Caleb Thompson
M&T Track Judge

Michael Buglione

Michael Buglione
M&T Track Judge

Amanda M. Larracuente

Amanda M. Larracuente
Associate Professor of Dept. of Biology

Daniel Klosowski
President of Video Game Development Club

Sina Ghaemmaghami

Sina Ghaemmaghami
Associate Professor of Dept. of Biology

Anna Zimmerman

Anna Zimmerman
President of Wic-Mic

Ayush Ganotra

Ayush Ganotra
MLH Representative

Judging Criteria

  • Completion and Functionality
    Did the hack work? Did the team manage to achieve at least 60% (or more) of what they want? Does the project solve the problem that was initially presented by the team? Does it work as stated in their demo video?
  • Implementation of the Project
    How good is the end-product? Judges analyze the quality of the developed code/project/prototype based on the project details. Is it the "best" way to implement the program?
  • Quality of the Idea
    How original or creative is the idea?
  • Design
    Did the hacker put enough thought into user experience? Are the expectations of the user clearly articulated and met? Does the user have full power over the working of the User interface? (More lenient due to the short time of hackathon)

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