24 hours of collaboration, prizes, hacking and more

HackKean III is scheduled for April 1st-2nd, 2017 taking place in the North Ave Academic Building at Kean University. The third iteration of Kean University's hackathon is upping the hackathon to new extremes, with hackers coming together to tackle real world problems using the latest in hardware and software. Teams start working on their hacks (at 12 PM) after the Saturday morning kickoff and continue working till Sunday noon (12:00 PM). All submissions MUST be made here on Devpost. Videos are optional.

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$4,080 in prizes

1st Place

MLH 1st Place Medals & FitBits for each team member

2nd Place

MLH 2nd Place Medals & Echo Dots w/ travel pouches for each team member

3rd Place

MLH 3rd Place Medals & Chromecast for each team member

Best LifeHack - Viacom

Philips Hue Lightstrips & Bridges for each team member

Most Iterations (2)

1 year license of Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Best .tech domain

$50 Amazon Voucher per team member

Best Hardware Hack

Arduino cars for each team member

Best Use of Wolfram Technologies

1 year access of Wolfram Dev Platform/Mathematica & Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Best Game

1 year of free personal subscription for any single JetBrains tool/IDE

Best Mobile App

Sketch App licenses for each team member

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bags


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


If you applied to HackKean III, received an offer to attend and went on to confirm that you will do so, you are eligible to attend HackKean. If you attended and hacked at HackKean, then you are eligible to make a submission. 


Make your project, submit your hack to Devpost and attend the HackKean closing ceremony to show off what you built. You must demo at the closing ceremony and submit on Devpost in order to be eligible for prizes.


A killer judging panel!

A killer judging panel!

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount? This is the most important criterion that your hack will be judged upon for the general prizes.
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?