MinneHack is a hackathon based at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. This year it is an online hackaton with a 24 hour hacking period.


Build a solution according to the prompt. Your submission will be a 5 minute demo video which you will upload to Devpost. We will play your project on stream for judging. You may only submit projects exclusively developed during the hacking period (16:00 Jan 22—16:00 Jan 23, US Central Time).

Prompt: Write a piece of software that helps make digital privacy accessible.

Hackathon Sponsors


$8,668 in prizes

First Place

Dell S2722QC / 4K Monitor
Logitech G604 / Wireless GAMER mouse
SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL / GAMER keyboard
Bose QuietComfort 45 Headphones

Second Place


Third Place

Oculus Quest 2

People's Choice

Bose portable speaker

Staff's Choice

Ender 3D Printer

Best use of Google Cloud

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. Each winning team member located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded backpack.

Most Creative use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!

Best Space App powered by Space Force

The sky is not the limit! Try your hand at making a space-themed application for a chance to win a wireless Bluetooth speaker for you and your team from the U.S. Space Force! We’re looking for amazing solutions to any space-related problems you can imagine. For any sci-fi enthusiast, this is the perfect opportunity to push the limits of your creativity by building the technology of tomorrow, today. We can’t wait to see the solutions you build!

Dream Big and Create More Cheers with AB InBev

AB InBev is all about bringing people together and creating more cheers for a better world! Using whatever tools, hardware and/or software at your disposal, build a hack that leads us into a brighter future for a chance to win some amazing prizes for you and your team.

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi wireless phone charger.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Michael Smit

Michael Smit

Drew Hutton

Drew Hutton

Sridhar Nivarty

Katie O’Halloran

Katie O’Halloran

Shri Sukhani

Robert Krokos

Robert Krokos

Judging Criteria

  • Cool Factor
    This category is for projects that dazzle! One of the more important things for a piece of software is making people want to use it. Projects that perform well in this category will quickly interest and continue to be appealing as one reads more.
  • Prompt
    How well does it implement a solution to the prompt? It should be directly relevant to the prompt and be an effective application. You should score this project according to accuracy to the prompt and how well it solves a directly related problem.
  • Creativity
    We want to foster innovation at MinneHack. More points will be awarded in this category for projects that are an original solution. Projects that are awarded fewer points will be similar to applications that are already widely used.
  • Technical Implementation
    How well did the team perform to the best of their individual abilities? Hackers are encouraged to discuss their challenges and solutions in their submission. Good submissions will demonstrate persistence and problem solving.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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