YHack is a national hackathon hosted by and at Yale University. Join over 1500 undergraduate and high school students for a weekend of hacking. It's the perfect opportunity to meet and learn from other like-minded hackers, all the while honing your own skills. Create a mobile app to stop world hunger, learn the hottest new javascript frameworks, implement a hardware hack that revolutionizes the wearables industry... or just do something for the lulz.


  • Teams must consist of no more than four people
  • The hack must be created in full during the hacking period
  • Remote submissions will not be accepted


Participants must create a hack (either software, hardware, of a combination of the two) entirely within the span of the YHack hacking period. Submissions worked on outside of this period will not be considered.

Hackathon Sponsors


$16,425 in prizes

First Place

$3,000 in cash + $1,000 in bitcoin (sponsored by Coinbase) + 4 Pebble Steels + more hardware surprises

Second Place

$2,000 in cash

Third Place

$1,000 in cash

Fourth-Eighth Places (5)

$775 in cash per team

Best Use of Coinbase API (2)

$500 in bitcoin per winning team. Sponsored by Coinbase.

Best Use of Pebble SDK

Four Pebble Steels

Best use of MongoDB

MongoDB Swag Packs and Amazon Gift Cards

Craziest Hack by ThinkGeek (2)

$500 ThinkGeek swag pack

Best use of Microsoft API

Microsoft Gift Package

Best use of Yo API

$1,000 in cash

Best domain registered by Namecheap

$250 namecheap credit

Best Data Visualization by Nvidia

Graphics Processing Unit: GTX780

Best Use of Staples API

Staples Gift Package

Best Cultural Heritage/Museum Hack by Yale (2)

Best use of Priceline API

$300 Priceline credit to best use and 15% discount to everyone who uses API

Best use of Bloomberg API

Four 3Doodler pens

Best use of the Google API (2)

1st Place - Four Nexus Tablets

Best use of Intel Galileo Kits (2)

Intel Tablets

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

To submit, please send details of the hack as well asĀ images of the hack. Live links and video are highly encouraged!


Kyle Jensen

Kyle Jensen
Director of Entrepreneurship, Yale SOM

John Caine

John Caine
CPO, Priceline

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    We like hacks that define and remedy problems in a way that we've never seen before.
  • Technical Difficulty
    The project will be judged on how technical it was to implement.
  • Overall Impression
    What you thought about this project in relation to the others.

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