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


$27,692 in prizes

Hacking - First Place Overall

Awarded to the team with the highest overall score from the judges ($1024).

Hacking - Second Place Overall

Awarded to the team with the second highest overall score from the judges ($512)

Hacking - Third Place Overall

Awarded to the team with the third highest overall score from the judges ($256)

Top 10 Finalists (10)

Win a pair of HopHacks socks if you become part of the Top 10 Finalists!

Best use of Google Cloud

Google Home Minis for each team member

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com branded backpack for each team member.

Winner of MOSSTrack (BWOpen)

Winner of Microsoft Marco Challenge (Microsoft) (2)

Win an interview with the Microsoft NLP team!

Winner of Mathpix Challenge (Mathpix)

We offer an API that can read math equations (printed or handwritten) really well. We can also read a few lines of printed text at a time, but not more than that.

Our challenge:
Use our API to process a full page of a PDF (for example a math paper) at once!
*API credentials will be provided to all teams that participate in the challenge

Our prize:
- Mathpix Snip (our app) free for life
- a Mathpix T-shirt (for each team member)
- $500 (total)!

Winner of FastForward U (FFU)

FFU will be giving away $1,000 to one team* interested in continuing their HopHacks project!

*At least one member of the team must be a JHU student.

Best Hack for Social Good (J. P. Morgan)

Hack on any social good topic that you’re passionate about!

If you don’t have a specific idea, you can consider one of the below social good themes:
-Student Loan Debt Crisis
-Increasing Diversity & Inclusion in STEM
-Empowering Small Business Owners
-Improving Cities and Local Communities

-Projects will be judged based on the following criteria:
-Innovation & Creativity
-Completeness of Solution

Best Hack for a Philanthropic Cause (Bloomberg)

The team whose hack best supports a philanthropic cause will win a 3D Pen!

Best Healthcare Hack (Siemens)

Judging Criteria
-Healthcare Application
-Solves a problem that does not already have a solid commercial solution
-Demonstrates good understanding of the intended users’ needs
-Proof of feasibility – Demonstrate that the design works
-Creativity in the design including: technical solution, cost effectiveness, aesthetics of the design (if relevant)

PRIZE: Each member will win an Altair Aerial drone

Best Hack for Mental and Physical Well-being (Accenture)

How can technology assist with maintaining/improving mental and physical well-being? Innovation and creativity – Is the idea novel, or does it break new ground?
Technical complexity – does the solution demonstrate more than one technology? Does your solution possess functionality which exceeds our expectations?
Feasibility – Can your team’s solution exist in reality? Could the relevant community support your solution?
Design – Does the solution look polished, attractive, intuitive, usable?
Presentation – Can your team present and describe your solution clearly, organized, and with confidence?

Swag bags as prizes

Best Use of MongoDB Atlas

AirCharge Plus external battery for each member of the team.

Best use of Google API/ Technology (Google)

Google Home Mini for each team member.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Joshua Reiter

Joshua Reiter

Gorkem Sevinc

Gorkem Sevinc
PhD alum, facetWealth

Eddy Shiang

Eddy Shiang

Kevin Carter

Kevin Carter

Andrew Wiles

Andrew Wiles

Scott Lipcon

Scott Lipcon

Sam Batista

Sam Batista

David Troy

David Troy

Kathy Dougan

Kathy Dougan

Nick Culbertson

Nick Culbertson

Terrance MacGregor

Terrance MacGregor

Evan Chin

Evan Chin

Christopher Sean Morrison

Christopher Sean Morrison

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
    Judges will rate how unique and innovative your idea is.
  • Technical Skill
    Judges will rate how advanced your design and execution is, so don't be modest!

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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