Hack_NCState (previously known as PackHacks) is NC State's Annual Hackathon, available for to all college students! Meet other college students and form teams of up to 4 different people to create a project that fits into one of our track descriptions for a chance to win one of our listed prizes! There will be tracks from ranging everywhere from Environmental to Futuristic. 


Our hackathon operates in United States Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 4:00). All projects that are submitted through DevPost before the 1am deadline on April 9th and are eligible for tech prizes. All submitting teams will be eligible for corporate challenge prizes as determined by our sponsors.

April 8th

10:00am Opening Ceremony @ Duke Energy Hall - Hunt Library

April 9th

11:00am Project Submission Deadline

4:00pm Closing Ceremoney @ Duke Energy Hall - Hunt Library




Coding starts on April 8 (Saturday) at 10:00 am EDT, at our kick-off event in Duke Energy Hall located inside Hunt Library. We will be hosting workshops, tech talks, and other activities throughout the event for participants to enjoy. All projects must be submitted online before April 9th (Sunday) at 11:00 am EDT, but you can edit anything after submitting, so we encourage you to submit your products early and often.




Visit https://hackncstate.org for more information!



Check our track descriptions see what interests you, then build a project that fits the track for the chance to win one of our prizes!

Double Data

Participants must use two datasets together to gain an insight into something relevant to our theme's focus on the environment.


Participants create a piece of software that relates to the theme of "growth" in the economic sense: whether that's personal growth, general financial outlook, or whatever else. It is up to the participants' interpretation!

Create the Future

Participants create whatever it is they think would be "futuristic." This could be anything really, as this track is more general and open to creativity, and may not necessarily be a tool that "solves a problem" in the traditional sense.


Submit your project with a 2 to 3 minute pitch video. Feel free to include any supplemental documents, files, websites, etc. However, remember that more is not always better! 

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,610 in prizes

4 24" 75Hz Monitors

4 JBL Wireless Headphones

4 Logittech Mechanical Keyboards TKL

4 ROKR Starry Night Orrerys

4 Amazon halo fitness trackers

4 Portable Power Banks

Oculus Go

ROKR Spring Book Nook

Best Use of MongoDB Atlas

MongoDB Atlas takes the leading modern database and makes it accessible in the cloud! Get started with a $50 credit for students or sign up for the Atlas free forever tier (no credit card required). Along with a suite of services and functionalities, you'll have everything you need to manage all of your data!

Build a hack using MongoDB Atlas for a chance to win a M5GO IoT Starter Kit for you and each member of your team.

Best Use of MATLAB

MATLAB and Simulink are computational tools used at over 100,000 businesses, government and university sites in over 190 countries. You can claim a free MATLAB software license to get started.

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!

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 a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Get started with $50 in free credit!

Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box & a GameGo Console.

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Most Creative Use of GitHub

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!

Winners will receive a GitHub Octocat Puzzle & Sticker bundle!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Harshal Suthar

Harshal Suthar
Event Director, Hack_NCState

Pankaj Gupta

Pankaj Gupta
Principal Data Engineer, Discover Financial Services

Connor Blumsack

Mathew Chanda

Mathew Chanda

Judging Criteria

  • Effectiveness
    How effective is the idea or analysis?
  • Presentation
    How clean and well thought is the presentation?
  • Creativity
    How unique and out of the box is this idea?
  • Usefulness
    How useful is this project to the problem?
  • Validity
    How reputable are the data sources used?

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