Code a Masterpiece

Welcome to VandyHacks: Summer Edition - Vanderbilt University's first virtual summer hackathon! We welcome hackers of all skill levels and backgrounds to attend our event.

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$445 in prizes

Best overall

Hammock with a stand

Runner up

Grubhub gift card

Best use of Google Cloud

Google Home Mini: 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: Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini.

Best Beginner Hackers

Arduino Starter Kits: Our best team of beginners will take home arduino starter kits to continue hacking on at future events. Teams must be at least 50% first time hackers to be eligible.

Best Jugaad (2)

Arduino Starter Kits: The most useless, silly, and creative hack will take home arduino starter kits too!

Best Domain Registered with Backpacks: provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from for their project this weekend!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • Participants must be enrolled in a college, university, or trade school (or have graduated within the past 12 months) and possess a student ID.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Team sizes are encouraged to be capped at 4 participants.
  • Participants should be excited for a fun-filled weekend!


You are free to work on any project you like, however we require that all devpost submissions be projects that were made during the hackathon and uniquely for the hackathon.

For submissions, you can have a project, mock up, slide deck, video, demo, anything! We want to see your hard work. Any means that you can effectively convey this virtually will work!


Daniel Arena

Daniel Arena
Vanderbilt Associate Professor of Computer Science

Travis Laurendine
Hackathon Producer, Champion of Change for Civic Hacking

Ayaz Hafiz

Ayaz Hafiz

Irfaan Khalid

Irfaan Khalid
Amazon SWE

Benjamin Cooper
Convoy SWE

Matthew Leon
Google Cloud Services

Nidhi Meta

Judging Criteria

  • Presentation
  • Creativity
  • Utility
  • Technical Ability