Welcome to VandyHacks IV - Vanderbilt University's annual collegiate hackathon! We welcome hackers of all skill levels and backgrounds to attend our event. Our official hacker guide can be found at hacker.vandyhacks.org.


  • Participants must be enrolled in a college, university, or trade school (or have graduated within the past six months) and possess a student ID.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Team sizes are capped at 4 participants.

Hackathon Sponsors


$8,120 in prizes

1st Place

Nintendo Switch for each team member

2nd Place

Sennheiser 598 Headphones for each team member

3rd Place

$100 Amazon Gift Card for each team member

4th Place

Chick-fil-A swag bags and Raspberry Pis for each team member

Hacker's Choice

$50 Newegg Gift Card for each team member

Best Beginner Hack

Tile Mate for each team member

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

410C Dragonboard for each team member

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Best Use of MicroStrategy API

On-site interview with MicroStrategy and a ticket to an event in the Capital One Arena with access to MicroStrategy's suite, featuring unlimited food and drink for each team member

BNY Mellon's Best FinTech Pack

Amazon Echo for each team member

Most Disruptive Hack, Courtesy of Red Ventures

Red Ventures swag

Most Fun Hack, Courtesy of The Home Depot

Nintendo Switch for each team member

Best Financial Hack, Courtesy of Capital One

$250 Amazon gift card for each team member

Contrary Capital Prize

Free consultation, courtesy of Contrary Capital, for one amazing idea at VandyHacks IV

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Sam Gehret

Sam Gehret
Senior Product Manager, MicroStrategy

Robyn Mace

Robyn Mace
Chief Data Officer, City of Nashville

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor
Founder & CEO, Doorport

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
  • Presentation
  • Efficacy
  • Originality

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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