DandyHacks is University of Rochester’s annual 36-hour long hackathon. The event brings together not only college students from different campuses but also tech companies from across the nation. Our event is a free, open event to students and a great way to strengthen the computer science community. We will have prize categories for specific topics as well as the use of technologies, and a general category. 

Register at DandyHacks.net


5:00pm Registration
6:00pm Opening ceremony
6:30pm Dinner sponsored by Tandor of India
7:00pm Team formation
8:00pm Hacking starts
12:00am Insomnia cookies!
??? am Sleep!
8:30am Breakfast sponsored by Bruegger's
12:00pm Lunch sponsored by Deli Sandro's
1:30pm Cup Stacking
3:00pm 1010Data Tech Talk
4:00pm Writing Dynamic Websites with FactSet Engineers
5:00pm UR Robotics Demo
7:00pm Dinosaur BBQ Dinner
8:00pm Devpost Submissions Due
9:00pm Slideshow Karaoke
11:00pm Tai Chi Bubble Tea
!?!? am Sleep...!
8:00am Hacking ends
8:00am Breakfast sponsored by Bruegger's
9:00am Hacking Ends
9:10am Shirts & Swag
9:30am Presentations & Preliminary Judging
11:00am Final Presentations
12:00pm Lunch
12:30pm Closing ceremony
1:00pm That's all folks!!

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,130 in prizes

First Place

4 Kindle Paperwhites. Prize sponsored by the Gwen M. Greene Career & Internship Center.

Second Place

4 Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kits.

Third Place

1 $100 Amazon gift card sponsored by the Computer Science Department at the University of Rochester.

Best Use of Data (1010Data)

Sponsored by 1010data. Prize TBA.

Best use of an API (FactSet)

4 $50 Amazon gift cards sponsored by FactSet

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


DandyHacks is open to all students of ages 18+


Submissions must require a description of the project and a link to the code (via GitHub or other services). Desciptions should detail what your project is, how you made it, what technologies you used, and anything else you would like the judges to know.

Demos and videos are not required but are encouraged.

How to enter

Make sure to register soon at DandyHacks.net!

Once you submit an application, you will later be notified of a decision. Be quick to apply before we run out of spots!






Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be more about how good the human-computer interaction is.
  • Creativity/Innovation
    Is the project fun? Did you have a good reaction? Is it something interesting that you haven't seen before?

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