HackHERS 2020 is the sixth iteration of Rutgers' annual, women-centric hackathon. On February 22-23, over 400 students from colleges throughout the U.S. will come together for 24 hours to turn their ideas into reality. HackHERS is organized by Rutgers Women in Computer Science, in collaboration with the Douglass Project for Women in STEM. 

Attendees will enjoy a weekend of awesome tech, food, swag, workshops, and mini-events while learning from distinguished speakers, inspiring mentors, and peers. Students will come together and get involved in learning, planning, and developing projects– ranging from web applications to hardware hacks–with the ultimate goal offostering growth and productivity among women who want to code. 

We want to create a space where women feel empowered to create with code and explore tech culture, and we invite everyone to help us achieve that.

**We use the inclusive definition of “women” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.


  • Individuals who are undergraduate or graduate students
  • Must be registered as a hacker (www.ruhackhers.org)
  • All genders are welcome!


A valid submission is a software or hardware hack produced at HackHERS 2020, from start to finish.

Make your project, submit your hack including your entire codebase (ex. Github repository link) to Devpost and attend the HackHERS expo to show off what you built. You must demo at the expo and submit on Devpost in order to be eligible for prizes. 

Remember to include all your team member names, up to 4 people.

Be sure to indicate what category you are competing for.

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$5,057 in prizes

Best Overall Hack

Given to the team with the most innovative, functional and well-designed hack. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Airpods with a charging case.

Douglass Prize - For Women, By Women

We love seeing women empowering other women through technology! Whether it’s for equality in the workplace, women’s health, or anything else you can think of, this prize category is for women empowering each other. Given to the team with the best hack that empowers women. Each winning team member will receive an iHome. **To be eligible for this category, at least half of the team must be enrolled in the Douglass Residential College.

Best Superhero Hack

The theme this year is superhero(ines), and we want to bring out your inner superhero and adventurer! Given to the team with the best superhero-themed hack. Each winning team member will receive a JBL speaker.

Best First Time Hack

Is this your first time attending a hackathon or creating a hack? For all those who came here just starting to code, we encourage you to keep building things and learning. This is just the start of a truly rewarding journey. Each winning team member will receive a portable charger and a copy of Cracking the Coding Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell. **To be eligible for this category, at least half of the team has to be first-time hackers. We want to encourage all first-time hackers to submit their creations.

Best UI/UX Hack

Given to the team with the hack displaying the best user interface and offering an optimal user experience. Each winning team member will receive a year-long Sketch license.

Funniest Hack

Hackathons aren’t all work and no play. This prize is for the inner class clown in you! Win something silly to take home by making us laugh until we fall! Given to the team with the funniest hack. Each winning team member will get an Arduino Kit.

Best Political Hack

Inspired by this election season? Use technology to build solutions to pressing civic problems! Given to the team with the most unique political-themed hack. Each winning team member will receive an Amazon Echo Dot.

Best Failed Attempt Hack

We want to encourage and motivate all aspiring hackers to submit their creations! Given to the team with the best attempt at a hack that might not have gone as planned. Each winning team member will receive a Rocketbook.

Best Use of iCims API

The iCIMS API will provide you with randomized application tracking system related data which includes companies, people, jobs, candidates and applications. Your application can be anything and as long as it is creative and you use the API, you will be considered for the prize. If it’s related to applying to jobs, recruiting and application tracking, it will be a plus. Each winning team member will win a $100 gift card.

Best Financial Hack (Fiserv) (2)

The Financial Crisis of 2008 has taught us a valuable lesson – “Don’t borrow more than you can repay”. Can
banks be a guard rail that prevents customers from borrowing in excess? Predicting the delinquency of current
and future customers can help not only the banks but also save the customers from themselves. Using machine learning techniques, predict whether or not a credit card customer will default.

Link to data: https://github.com/varnachandar/data-for-fiserv-challenge

Best Financial Hack (Capital One)

This hack is for the best financial hack for Capital One! It is for any unique hack for financial services. Each member of the team will win a $200 gift card.

Best Financial Hack (Vanguard)

This prize is for the best financial hack, judged by Vanguard! This hack prize category is unspecific and any hack within the finance category can be submitted for this prize. The winning team gets to split a $350 Visa card among team members.

Best Use of Google Cloud Products (2)

Using google cloud, a suite of developer products that lets you build using the same technology and infrastructure that powers Google products, submit a hack. There are 2 winners, first place and second place teams. Each member of the 1st place team will win a google nest mini, a Cloud Patagonia backpack, a cloud pillow, an acrylic trophy, and a cloud water bottle. Each member of the 2cd place team will win a google nest mini.

Best Improved Customer Experience Hack (Wakefern)

This hack's goal is to improve customer/store associate's experience in any way to benefit the community. You may do this through code or by developing or present a storyboard with complete logic and a description of the technology being used.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Ana Centeno

Ana Centeno
Professor at Rutgers University

Lars Sorensen

Lars Sorensen
Professor at Rutgers University

Judging Criteria

  • Application
    Does the project have any feasible application in real life? Does it seem like something that someone could use or would actually have a benefit in the real world?
  • Functionality/Quality
    Is the project free of major bugs? Does it look appealing? The UI/UX doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect, but if we're having a hard time understanding the project by looking at it, there may be a problem.
  • Creativity
    We want hackers to create a project that makes you say “wow” and tell all your friends about it. We're looking for projects that think so far outside the box that you begin to wonder why there was a box at all in the first place.
  • Technical Complexity
    In only 24 hours, hackers manage to build projects with remarkably complex infrastructures built on excitingly advanced frameworks. We hope to see projects that are really running some beautiful code or hardware under the hood.
  • Social Impact
    We're looking for hacks that seem crazy, the moonshots that seem out of this world, and the blueprints for change that will impact future generations in humanity's most pressing areas of concern in the coming years.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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