UB Hacking is University at Buffalo's student-run hackathon. Students from different backgrounds with any-level of experience are welcome to join us as they build fun, innovative projects over 24 hours.

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$9,500 in prizes

UB Hacking First Place

The first-place team will receive a total of $1500

UB Hacking Second Place

The second-place team will recieve a total of $1000

UB Hacking Third Place

The third-place team will receive a total of $500

UB Hacking Best Freshman Hack

$500 will be awarded to a team where the entire team is made up of either Freshman or High Schoolers and they have the best submission.

UB Hacking Failure to Launch Prize

$500 to the best project that doesn't actually end up working, plz demo thx

UB Hacking Spirit of the Hackathon Prize

The prize that is given to the project that most embodies the ethos of the hackathon event. This is judged by an extensive panel of seasoned UB Hacking judges.

UB Hacking Best Web UI/UX Usability Hack


UB Hacking Best Pitch Prize

Self explanatory. Say words good.

UB Hacking Best Hardware Hack

TLDR: If your hack isn't just software, its probably eligible for this prize.

UB Hacking Best ML/AI Hack

The best use of AI and/or Machine learning in a hack

M&T Tech - An Innovative Way to Promote Financial Understanding and Well-Being (2)

The team that wins first place gets a Nintendo Switch per team member!

The team that wins second place gets a K100 Keyboard per team member!

Foundry - Best Blockchain Project

Students will be asked to develop the most innovative and unique blockchain hack (developing a decentralized application, utilizing Solidity, or any other related topic)

Blackstone Launchpad - Hack with a purpose

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Branded Backpack

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Get started with $50 in free credit!

Best Use of Microsoft Cloud for Your Community

LinkedIn Premium 12-Month subscription and Xbox Ultimate 3-Month Game Pass
Bring your idea to life using the Microsoft Cloud - automatically build and deploy a full stack web app from a code repository, create and train a Machine Learning model, develop business applications with little to no code using Power Platform, and more! View our recommended popular solutions in the Education Hub at https://aka.ms/startedu.
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Build your hackathon project with the Microsoft Cloud that tackles a social impact issue of your choice, and have a chance to win a LinkedIn Premium 12-Month subscription and an XBox Ultimate 3-Month Game Pass.

Most Creative Use of GitHub

GitHub Octocat Puzzle & Sticker bundle
GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Most Creative Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! 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!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


UB Hacking Organizers

UB Hacking Organizers

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    This category is meant to recognize those projects which are unique and haven't been done before. How innovative is the project idea? Does this project offer a new solution to a problem?
  • Usefulness
    This category is meant to recognize those projects which you can see as being very helpful or enjoyable to its target users. Would you use this product? Do you see how this product would be useful to others?
  • Technical Challenge
    This category is meant to recognize those projects which showcase superior skill in development. How complex or difficult is the technical problem this project addresses?
  • Polish
    This category recognizes those projects that are practically ready for beta testing after only 24 hours of hacking Does this product run fairly smoothly even after only 24 hours of work? Do you find it easy to use?

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