We are Auburn University’s premier programming event organized by students, for students. With this hackathon, Auburn University's Computer Science & Software Engineering strives to promote technical innovation and highlight students’ skills and abilities. Partnering with Major League Hacking (MLH), we aim to bring out the best and brightest students, not just from Auburn University but from other universities all over the United States.

On April 10-11, 2021, this 24-hour, full-steam-ahead event will challenge participants to learn, think outside the box, and push the limits on what they can build using technology.

For more information, please visit our official website at auburnhacks.org


Any student is elligible to participate in AuburnHacks.

Team Size: 1-4


Hackers will submit a 2-3 minute Video presentation of their Hackathon Project. 

In addition, teams must provide a link to a public repository (Github, Gitlab, etc.) which contains the project's source code.

Hackathon Sponsors


$15,160 in prizes

Best Overall Hack

Each team member will receive $500.

Runner Up Best Overall Hack

Each team member will receive $300.

Data-Driven Decisions in a Post-COVID World Sponsored by TSYS

Recent studies confirm what we already know, we are all looking forward to putting an end to COVID-19 and start returning to seeing our friends, families and getting out to see our world again. Consumer optimism is growing as we see our vaccination rates increasing and states opening up for business. According to the experts, people have been saving money to treat themselves post-COVID. Whether that’s a great vacation, fixing up their house, buying a new Tesla, whatever….

We’d like for you to use whatever data you can find to help us know where to go, where the best deals are, where is it safe, whatever you think to take our vacation, fix up our home, eat dinner, the possibilities are endless. Use your imagination and data to build something awesome!

We are exposing our TSYS Open APIs (https://bit.ly/3mwgekb) as well for you to use in your discovery if you can use that to help enrich your hack then that’s an added bonus!

Each member of the winning team will be awarded an Oculus 2 VR Headset.

Best use of MATLAB Sponsored by Mathworks

Utilize MATLAB in your hackathon project.

The winning team will be awarded $200 to be distributed amongst its members.

Best use of Digital Ocean (5)

Digital Ocean is offering all participants of AuburnHacks a $100, 60-day free trial!
You can redeem your free credit at: try.digitalocean.com/developer-cloud

Digital Ocean is a scalable compute platform with add-on storage, security, and monitoring capabilities.

Each team member of the best FIVE projects that utilize Digital Ocean will be awarded an additional $250 of credit.

Best Domain Registered with 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 & Domain.com 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: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded backpack.

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with an embedded Arduino compatible board. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

Best Use of CockroachDB

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. 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!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


David Umphress

David Umphress
Professor - Auburn University

Drew Springall

Drew Springall
Professor - Auburn University

Cheryl Seals

Cheryl Seals
Professor - Auburn University

Shehenaz Shaik

Shehenaz Shaik
Professor - Auburn University

Scott Lewin

Scott Lewin
Managing Director @ SaleXcapital

Jason Jones

Jason Jones
Chief Operating Officer @ Invoiceware International

Josh Shipman

Josh Shipman
Senior Vice President of Global Sales @ Itential

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation of Solution
  • Technical Achievement
  • Aesthetic Design
  • General Effect

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