DandyHacks is an event about building the coolest thing you can in 36 hours and meeting awesome people. This year we decided to try something new and combine CS and Data Science together into one hackathon! We don't place any restrictions on the kind of projects you can build. They can be software projects, hardware projects, or whatever else you want to come up with. It just has to be built within the 36 hours.

At the end of the 36 hours we have judges get together and determine the coolest hacks. Winners get awesome prizes!


You must be 18 years of age. Students from all schools are welcome! 


They can be software projects but we'd love to see hardware, or whatever else people come up with as well. It just has to be built within the 36 hours.

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,650 in prizes

Best Data Visualization

1010data is generously offering the winning team passes to their annual conference! In addition to these passes, they'll be giving the winning team demo accounts on their platform so they can play around with real data at scale + $200 for the team!

Best Use of Microservices

Prize includes $50 gift certificates to the winning team, sponsored by FactSet!

1st place

Dell Venue tablets for the winning team, sponsored by MLH! + $500 for the team!

2nd place!

$300 for the team!

3rd place!

$200 for the team!

Best Hardware Hack

Prizes include two Arduino circuit boards sponsored by IEEE! + $200 for the team!

Best Data Science Hack

200$ for the team!

Best With Wolfram Tech Award

Prize includes one year of access to the Wolfram Developer Platform! This includes 1000 Wolfram|Alpha API calls per month, 10,000 monthly Cloud Credits, customizable URLs, storage, and more. You will also receive one free year of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha Pro!

Best Use of .tech Domain

.tech (http://get.tech/) is offering a gift voucher of $50 each to every member of 1 winning team that hosts their project on .tech domains!

Best Use of AWS

Prize includes a 1TB hard drive sponsored by MLH!

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Prize includes swag bags with Sparkfun Redboards, sponsored by MLH!

Best Developer Tool from GitHub

Prize includes Octocat Statues, sponsored by MLH!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Chen Ding

Chen Ding
Computer Science, University of Rochester

John Pershing

John Pershing

Chris Brown

Chris Brown
Computer Science, University of Rochester

Henry Kautz

Henry Kautz
Founding Director of Institute for Data Science and Professor at University of Rochester

Judging Criteria

  • Originality and Innovation
  • Technical Difficulty
  • Potential Social Positive Impact
  • User Interface and Design

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