The second annual VolHacks Hackathon! Join us for a weekend of student-driven innovation and collaboration on the hallowed hills of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Over 36 caffeine-filled, sleepless hours, students from both the University of Tennessee and outside the university will brainstorm, build, break, test, and deploy whatever they imagine for the chance to win amazing prizes, while interacting with professional mentors and engineers, meeting recruiters, and listening to great tech talks and tutorials from sponsors. When not hacking, take a break to go to the hill and play ultimate frisbee, enjoy a cup stacking competition, pick up that sweet swag, and participate in other mini-games. Did we mention there will also be an excess of free food, hacker-controlled music, many snack breaks, unlimited drinks, and endless caffeine?

For more information, including our FAQ and the link to join our Slack channel, go to

If you are a sponsor or know a sponsor that would like to help make this event happen, please email

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$4,933 in prizes

First Place: Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Con + Google Swag Bags

Second Place: Google Home (White Slate)

Third Place: Fitbit Flex 2, Black

Siemens; Best Siemens Hacks: Crazyflie 2.0 drone

Siemens Healthineers will be judging for the Best Healthcare Hack, thats to their generosity for sponsoring!

Asurion; Most Market Ready: 3D Printers

Prize will be provided by Asurion for the Most Market Ready hack.

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Individuals over 18 years in age, who are undergraduate or graduate students at a college or university, or who graduated within the last year. Teams may have up to four members. 


Build whatever you can imagine, as long as it abides by the MLH Code of Conduct and does not violate any University of Tennessee, Knoxville policies.

Specifically, we encourage the submission of hacks composed of software, hardware, VR/AR, IoT/embedded devices, and anything you can conjure up with your laptop and what you have available (which includes MLH's Hardware Lab).

See the Judging Criteria section for what the presentation round judges and the final round judges will be looking for in your hack.


Jim Biggs

Jim Biggs
Knoxville Entrepreneur Center

Judging Criteria

  • These criteria technically apply to the 1st-3rd place prizes, but we're sure that they'll also help you score sponsor's choice prizes!
  • Creativity of the Idea and Finished Hack
    How novel and/or creative is the idea? How creatively was the hack made? Is the hack a new idea?
  • Technical Depth of the Implementation
    How well is the hack implemented? How complex is the problem being solved? How elegant is the solution to the problem being solved? How much technical skill was required to build the hack?
  • Usefulness of the Idea and Finished Hack
    How useful is the idea and hack presented? How much is the solution to the problem it is solving needed? How much money will this save? How many people will this help?
  • Quality of the Demonstration
    How well was the demonstration given? How realistic was the demonstration in the context of the hack presented?