Welcome to HackHarvard 2023! Join us for the eighth iteration of HackHarvard, a completely free 36-hour hackathon hosted by Harvard University students. 

For more information, check out our website: https://hackharvard.io/ 

In order to participate and be eligible for prizes, you must have applied through our application form and have received an acceptance/confirmation email from us.

All submissions are due here on Devpost 8AM ET, SUNDAY OCTOBER 22nd.





  1. Only one person per team may submit the team's project on Devpost, that person must add all other teammate(s) to the Devpost submission 
  2. You must submit a link to a public GitHub repo that was created during the dates of October 20th - 22nd, 2023. 
  3. You must live demo your project in our judging space. Uploading an additional link to a video demoing your project under 3 minutes is optional, but recommended
  4. One team member per team must submit our presubmission form due on Saturday October 21st.
  5. You must select the appropriate tracks and prizes your project is competing for.

Hackathon Sponsors


$6,200 in prizes

1st Best Overall Hack

The best overall hack submitted to HackHarvard 2023. Each winning team member gets an iPad.

2nd Best Overall Hack

The second best overall hack submitted to HackHarvard 2023. Each winning team member gets a pair of Airpods Pro.

3rd Best Overall Hack

The third best overall hack submitted to HackHarvard 2023. Each winning team member gets a computer monitor.

Health & Fitness Prize (Sponsored by Terra API)

Innovate technology that empowers individuals to lead healthier and fitter lives, enhancing their well-being journey, and breaking the barriers to optimal health. **Must use the Terra API in any way, shape, or form.** Winners will be invited to interview for a position in Terra, as well as be awarded Garmin Venus 2 Watches.

Earth and Space Prize

Embark on a journey beyond our planet and explore the vastness of both Earth and Space in this hackathon track. From addressing environmental challenges on our home planet to pioneering new frontiers in space exploration, this track welcomes visionaries and problem solvers who are eager to make a significant impact on our world, both near and far. Whether you're interested in climate solutions, space technology, or protecting our planet, this hackathon is your launchpad to innovation. Winners will be awarded drones.

So You Think You Can Do It Better Prize

Do you believe you can take existing products, services, or systems and make them infinitely better? If you're an advocate for improving the status quo and have innovative ideas to disrupt industries, this is your chance to shine. In the "So You Think You Can Do It Better" Hackathon, you'll challenge the conventional and reimagine how things can be done. From upgrading everyday apps to reinventing established processes, bring your game-changing ideas to the table and prove that you can indeed do it better! Winners will be awarded hydroflasks.

Efficiency Boosters Prize

Efficiency fuels progress in our fast-paced world. If you're a problem solver with a passion for streamlining processes and maximizing productivity, then the Efficiency Boosters Hackathon is the perfect platform for you. Join forces with like-minded individuals to develop innovative solutions that optimize workflows, enhance resource management, and boost overall efficiency across various domains. Your ingenuity could revolutionize industries, so let's hack for a more efficient future! Winners will be awarded portable chargers.

First-time hack

Best hack for first-time hackers! Winners will be awarded speakers. Please note that **all members of the team must be first-time hackers**.

Smash Challenge - Terra API

SMASH the competition by showcasing the most promising use of the Terra API specifically. The best use of the API will win limited edition Hulk-themed trophies, and be invited to interview for a position in Terra.

CareYaya Challenge

We're challenging hackers to create a web-based application that will enhance the well-being and quality of life for elderly individuals. Participants are encouraged to leverage open-source technologies and consider the feasibility of implementing the product in real-world scenarios. Bring your own idea, or focus on one of Transform's Pilot Innovation Projects (PIPs): ImmortalAI, Dreamscape, or SkinGuard. 1st place winners will be awarded $500 + straight to final round interviews for a paid internship position. 2nd place winners will be awarded $300 + straight to final round interviews for a paid internship position. 3rd place winners will be awarded $200 + straight to final round interviews for a paid internship position. All winners of CareYaya's challenge will be awarded the opportunity to join the W23 cohort of Transform Health. Students in the cohort will receive hands-on guidance and support from industry experts, and a direct investment of $10,000+ to pursue their venture.

Mathworks Prize

MATLAB must be used significantly in the submission, using code authored in other programming languages or platforms is permitted but must be integrated into MATLAB. All submissions MUST be tagged with MATLAB on Devpost. Submissions must include external, and user-created functions to run the code. Must contain a PDF or HTML report detailing your submission along with visualization of your output. Apps developed in MATLAB are also allowed. For extra credit, submit a short 2- minute video explaining your submission and how it tackles the problem at hand on Devpost. Prize TBA.

BGB Group Challenge

EARLIER DIAGNOSIS: How might we create urgency with primary care physicians (PCPs) to implement consistent cognitive screening (neurocognitive assessments and/or use of blood-based biomarkers) to proactively identify AD patients early in their disease progression and refer to neurologists? Each winning team member will receive a $250 Amex gift card and an interview opportunity for a 5-week paid apprenticeship.

Best Use of Google Cloud

Prize: Google Cloud Backpack | 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. Learn more about the tools and opportunities with Google Cloud by joining the Google Cloud Student Innovators program - goo.gle/student-innovators. Winners will receive a Google Cloud branded backpack!

Be sure to redeem your Google Cloud Credits as soon as possible through the Google Cloud Credit Form. Use the promo code in your pre-event email to access the form!

Most Creative Use of GitHub

Prize: GitHub Swag | 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!

Best Domain Name from GoDaddy Registry

Prize: Hack from Home Kit | GoDaddy Registry is giving you everything you need to be the best hacker no matter where you are. Register your domain name with GoDaddy Registry for a chance to win a Hack from Home Kit! Each Kit contains wireless earbuds, blue light glasses, selfie ring light and a pouch for easy transport.

Best Use of MATLAB

Prize: Wireless YoYo Speaker | MATLAB and Simulink are computational tools used at over 100,000 businesses, government and university sites in over 190 countries. Use MATLAB and/or Simulink exclusively or integrate them into another tool for your next hack to win an exclusive MathWorks branded Wireless YoYo Speaker! You can also claim a free MATLAB software license to get started.

Best Accessibility Hack - Sponsored by Fidelity

Prize: Fidelity Branded Wireless Charger | At Fidelity, accessibility is viewed as a major key to the success of their business, which is why they are challenging you to come up with innovative ways to make tech more accessible! We want you to use your hacking skills to find and build solutions that put opportunities and resources within reach for all communities. The team with the best accessibility hack will win a Fidelity branded wireless charger for each team member!

Best Use of Circle

Prize: Circle Branded Hardware Wallet | With Circle, you can embed secure wallets into your app in just minutes. Circle Web3 wallets are compatible with multiple blockchains and are supported by over a dozen programming language SDKs. Circle’s programmable wallets will enable you to add secure transactions to your hackathon project using RESTful APIs, with options for both user and developer controlled transactions. If your hackathon idea involves in-app purchases, user to user payments, app to user payments, or all of the above, integrating Circle programmable wallets to your Web2 or Web3 tech-stack may be the perfect solution.

Sign up for a developer account and start using Circle’s APIs today, for a chance to win a Circle Branded Hardware Wallet for you and each of your teammates!

Most Creative Use of Redis Cloud

Prize: Libre Mini Computer with Redis Stack Server Pre-Installed | Redis Cloud is the easiest way to build and scale real-time applications - Period! It includes Redis Stack, adding indexing, querying, full-text search, JSON, time-series, and probabilistic data structures to the already-rich set of features of Redis.

Redis Stack works with all of your favorite programming languages and can be added to any existing application. It’s the easiest way to build real-time applications that scale and perform.

Show us how you’ve used Redis Cloud in a way that showcases your unique and specific data structure needs and each member of your team could win a personal, portable Redis Stack server IOT hardware unit to keep developing on the go. Find out why Stack Overflow Developers have voted Redis their “most loved and admired” noSQL database for years-running by rolling Redis into your MLH Hackathon project.

Sign up for your free Redis Cloud account, and head over to the MLH jump off page on Redis University for more info and docs links. Enter coupon code MLHFall2023 to claim your Redis Cloud credits and get started for free!

Best use of big data for health (sponsored by Nucleus Genomics)

Funniest hack

The project that makes us laugh the most will win this.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Nathan Li

Nathan Li

Edward Kang

Edward Kang

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation, Creativity and Impact
    How creative was the hack? Is it a completely new idea, or does it seem familiar? How effective would the hack be if implemented into the real world?
  • Technical Complexity
    How technically impressive is the hack? Does it exhibit extensive technical knowledge, and does it use advanced techniques effectively?
  • Functionality and Usability
    How easy is the hack to use? Does it run smoothly without error? How clear is the user journey, and does it flow intuitively?
  • Collaboration and Learning
    What is the team dynamic like? Does every team member seem to have contributed a fair share? If this is a solo project, did you explore and learn something new?

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