Join us this year for sunhacks on Spetember 20th-22nd at the Tempe SDFC. sunhacks is a student-run hackathon at Arizona State University committed to growing the local tech community, providing students with brand new opportunities and connections, and contributing to a world-wide community: the hacker community. Our vision is to bring people of all backgrounds together to develop skills together as they learn, build, and code here at sunhacks. Whether you’re a tech savvy programmer or just getting started, sunhacks is an amazing opportunity to learn, build, and code. For more information and registration visit


In accordance with MLH acceptance, participants must be a college or community student, a bootcamp student, or a recently graduated (within one year) alum.

High schoolers are also accepted through MLH acceptance, however, in accordance with venue rules must be 18 or over. 

Team sizes are limited to 4 maximum, and 1 minimum (meaning you can be a team of 1 person).


All hackathon submissions must be submitted to devpost here by 7:30AM 9/22.

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,322 in prizes


Bose Sunglasses


Sennheiser HD 4.50 SE Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones - Black


HP 23.8-inch FHD IPS Monitor with Tilt/Height Adjustment and Built-in Speakers (VH240a, Black)

Best IoT Hack

Wyze Cam Pan 1080p Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Person Detection.

Solutions heavily reliant on creating an Alexa skill or Google Action, utilizing cloud processing, etc. Can have no hardware component to complex hardware component.

Best Hardware Hack

Microcontroller solutions not heavily reliant on cloud processing or solutions (IoT is allowed, but should not be singularly the creation of an Alexa skill or Google Action using a basic hardware setup, see the Best IoT Hack for that)

Best UI/UX Design

Herschel Backpacks.
Solutions that have aesthetically pleasing design and/or thoughtful, innovative, and efficient user experience

Best Data Science Hack

Sphero R2-Q5.
Encompasses solutions pertaining to data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other advanced topics.

Best AR/VR/MR Hack

Razer Basilisk Essential.
Solutions that utilize or rely on Augmented and or Virtual reality. Unity/Unreal solutions also applicable if virtual reality hardware not available.

Best Sustainability Hack

Grand Canyon Hydro Flask.
Solutions that address, inform, implement, or other sustainability or other humanitarian efforts, approaches, ideas, etc.

See State Farm's prize for social good.

Most "Useless" Hack

Flashlight gloves.
For hacks that are a seemingly an ingenious solution to a particular problem but are nothing more than a useless gag. While not exactly useful, somehow... not altogether useless...
See: Chindōgu Inventions, Uncommon Hacks

Most "Extra" Hack

Clout goggles/glasses.
extra (adj) - (def) over the top, excessive, dramatic behavior, way too much

Best Embedded Project - Performance Software

Raspi 4 starter kit

Social Good - State Farm Insurance

Raspi 4 starter kit.
Create a technical solution hack. A hack that addresses local/ global social issues. The hack should help people improve social issues they may face today.

Joining Forces - GoDaddy

Create a hack that embodies a GoDaddy value, joining forces.

Most Innovative Use of AWS - Amazon

Echo Dots. Most innovative use of AWS with regards to AI/ML.

Best Use of Esri Products - Esri

Best Use of Esri products

MLH - Best Automation Hack with UiPath

UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack,
DROCON Drone per Team Member

MLH - Best Domain Registered with branded backpack for each team member.

MLH - Best Use of Google Cloud

Google Home Minis for each team member

MLH - Best Use of Transposit

Only 24 hours to create your project? No problem, Create an app and compose different APIs together with the world's first API composition platform, Transposit. Each winning team member will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

MLH - Best Use of MongoDB Atlas

Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud! Automate the provisioning and deployment process with ease, while focusing all your efforts on your hack. Projects built using MongoDB Atlas will be eligible to win an AirCharge Plus per team member.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Cecilia La Place

Cecilia La Place

Judging Criteria

  • Design
    Criteria available on hackathon start.
  • Originality
    Criteria available on hackathon start.
  • Functionality
    Criteria available on hackathon start.
  • Complexity
    Criteria available on hackathon start.

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