HopHacks is the bi-annual hackathon hosted at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. This event brings engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs together to explore new ideas, compete for prizes, and create amazing applications. For 36 hours, students work in teams of up to 4 to bring a software or hardware idea to life.

Teams start working on their hacks (at 9:00 PM) after the Friday evening kickoff event and continue working until Sunday morning (9:00 AM). All submissions MUST be made on Devpost.

All of the prizes, including sponsored prizes, will be judged and announced at the presentation.

See more at https://www.hophacks.com.


Any university student, regardless of university, may participate. Graduate and undergraduate students from all departments and divisions are welcome. 

You must register online and receive email confirmation before attending. Please be prepared to show your University ID upon check-in.


At the end of the hackathon, your team can submit a project on DevPost. Your project will then be judged during your science fair style presentation during the presentation time.

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,092 in prizes

1st Place Overall

Awarded to the team with the highest overall score from the judges.

2nd Place Overall

Awarded to the team with the second highest overall score from the judges.

3rd Place Overall

Awarded to the team with the third highest overall score from the judges.

Booz Allen Hamilton: Biggest Game Changer

Project with most potential to disrupt an existing industry or industries. $250 Amazon Gift Card to each team member.

Capital One: Best Use of Capital One Hackathon API

$250 Amazon Gift Card to each member.

Mission Data: Best User Experience

We are looking for the something that is pleasing to the eye but also, and more importantly, easy to use. Software that does a lot but is hard to use or figure out is only solving half of the problem. Create something that stands out and that your user(s) will enjoy and $100 to split with your team can be yours.

Radix Registry: Best Hack on a .tech Domain Name

$50 Amazon gift card for each member of the team

Semester.ly: Best Value Proposition for Students

Project that has the best value proposition for students. Each team member will receive a 24 pack of Red Bull, a T Shirt and a sticker.

Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures: Best Health Hack

One team (with at least 1 JHU undergrad) will be chosen as a finalist for the Ralph S O'Connor Entrepreneurship Fund. (Teams may receive $10,000 in grants, mentorship from investors and serial entrepreneurs, as well as additional resources from Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures).

Amazon Web Services: Best Use of AWS

Prize: 1 TB Hard Drives

Domain.com: Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Prize: Domain.com Swag Bags

Ubisoft: Watch Dogs® 2 Best Device Privacy Hack

Prize: Watch Dogs 2 Collector’s Edition for each member of the team.
Prompt: Develop a project that helps users better understand their digital footprint or control their personal data.
Language: As the number of people and smart devices, like, phone apps, cars, toys, connected to the Internet continues to grow, understanding how our data is being used, by whom, and the implications it has on our everyday lives will become essential.

Hack Harassment: #HackHarassment

Prize: HackHarrassment Swag Bag
Category Prompt: Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment
Category Language: Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment.

Bloomberg: Most Philantropic Hack (3)


Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Margaret Roth

Margaret Roth
Yet Analytics

Steve Marra

Steve Marra
Associate Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dan Roche

Dan Roche
JHTV Mentor in Residence

John Lane Schultz

John Lane Schultz
Spread Concepts

Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen
JHMI Technology Innovation Center

Peter Fröhlich

Peter Fröhlich
JHU CS Professor

Mehrdad Zadeh

Mehrdad Zadeh
JHU/Kettering Professor

Judging Criteria

  • Polish
    Judges will rate how polished your product and code looks, so make sure you submit the neat stuff!
  • Usefulness
    Judges will rate how well your product fills its intended need.
  • Creativity
    Judge will rate how unique and innovative your idea is.
  • Technical Difficulty
    Judges will rate how advanced your design and execution is, so don't be modest!

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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Hackathon sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Sable Sponsors
Blue Sponsors
Student Group Sponsors

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