Founded in the spring of 2015, VandyHacks was the first collegiate hackathon to call the rockin' city of Nashville, Tennessee home. VandyHacks II is scheduled for October 2-4, 2015 at Vanderbilt University. 250+ students from universities nationwide will meet at Vandy for a weekend of innovation, creativity, and collaboration. Happy hacking!




8:00PM Bus Arrival / Check In / Dinner

10:00PM Opening Ceremony

11:00PM Open Mic / Assassins Game Signup

11:30PM Hacking Begins



12:00AM Beginner Workshops / Snacks

2:00AM Icebreaker Party Games

9:00AM Breakfast

10:00AM Capital One Tech Talk

11:00AM Lunar Lincoln Tech Talk

1:00PM Lunch

2:00PM BNY Mellon Tech Talk

3:00PM Metova Tech Talk

4:00PM Walking Tour of Vanderbilt

5:00PM Yik Yak Tech Talk

6:30PM Dinner, thanks to Digital Reasoning

7:30PM Digital Reasoning Tech Talk

9:00PM Brendan Wovchko Tech Talk



12:00AM MLH Mini-Event - Cup Stacking / Snack

2:00AM Bubble Wrap Room Opens

9:00AM Breakfast

11:00AM Hacking Ends / Janos Sallai Tech Talk

12:00PM Expo

12:30PM Lunch

2:00PM Closing Ceremony


  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must be a student at a university, trade school, or college (or graduated within 6 months)
  • Maximum of 4 hackers per team
  • Must be at event in-person


Please include a description of your project, technologies used, and teammates. Videos are optional, but highly encouraged!

Hackathon Sponsors


$16,158 in prizes

1st Place (4)

Dell Tablet (provided by MLH)
Jawbone Up (provided by MLH)
$150 Digital Ocean Credits

2nd Place (4)

Parrot AR Drone
$150 Digital Ocean Credits

3rd Place (4)

Gameboy 3DS + Pokemon Omega Ruby
$150 Digital Ocean Credits

Best Hardware Hack (4)

Oculus Rift DK2 (provided by Oculus VR)

Hackers' Choice (4)

Sennheiser HD 558 Headphones

Best Use of Project Tango (4)

Project Tango (

Best Use of Capital One API (4)

Myo Gesture Control Armband

Digital Reasoning's Choice (4)

Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

Best Healthcare Hack (4)

$100 Newegg Gift Card (provided by Epic)

Shoot for the Moon (4)

4 Hours of Development Consulting and 4 Hours of UI Design (provided by Lunar Lincoln)

(hours split between teammates)

Best Mobile App (4)

Samsung Galaxy Mega, Galaxy 6S Edge, Galaxy Note 5:
(if team of 4 people, we'll add something for 4th member) (provided by AT&T)

Best Use of Pebble (4)

Pebble Steel (provided by Pebble)

Best Use of Location (4)

Self-Balancing Scooter (1 for team) (provided by Yik Yak)

Most Promising Innovator (2)

Ticket to 36|86 Tech Conference (provided by LaunchTN)

Assassins' Game Winner

Fitbit Charge

Best Game (4)

GoPro Cameras (presented by VGT)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dan Fabbri

Dan Fabbri
Assistant Prof of Biomedical Informatics and Computer Science, Vanderbilt University

Avery Fisher

Avery Fisher
Nashville Entrepreneur

Cory Hughes

Cory Hughes
Automation Engineer, Digital Reasoning

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
  • Impressiveness
  • Efficacy
  • Originality

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