hackCWRU V is Cleveland’s premier annual student run hackathon at Case Western Reserve University. This year, 300+ student hackers from universities and high schools around the globe will fock to our campus for 36 straight hours of innovation and collaboration. Student projects range from webapps to hardware hacks and aim to tackle real world problems in fields like healthcare and fintech. Located in University Circle, at HackCWRU students will have access to the famous Sears Think[Box], a seven-story makerspace, and the support of likeminded peers and mentors. Join us in supporting student innovation for a truly special event!

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$7,400 in prizes

First Place Winner

Summary: The overall first place winners of hackCWRU V
Prize: Nintendo Switch & Super Mario Odyssey

Runner Up

Summary: The runner-ups for hackCWRU V
Prize: Amazon Echo Show

Maker Track Winner

Summary: Awarded to the winners of the Maker track
Prize: Leatherman Wave

Civic Track Winner

Summary: Awarded to the winners of the Civic track
Prize: Drone with Wide Angle Camera & Raspberry Pi Kit
Sponsor: Rockwell Automation

Fintech Track Winner

Summary: Awarded to the winners of the Fintech track
Prize: $100

Health Track Winner

Summary: Awarded to the winners of the Health track
Prize: Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

Best Use of Rockwell API

Summary: Awarded to the hack which best utilizes the Rockwell API

Prize: Raspberry Pi Kits

Sponsor: Rockwell Automation

Best STEM Education for Women

Summary: Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the US economy, they hold less than 25% of STEM jobs. Let’s find a way to increase this number! Develop a creative mobile app, web app, or interactive game that inspires more women to pursue STEM and computer science degrees.

Prize: Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II

Sponsor: JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Garverick Memorial Prize

Summary: Awarded to the best hardware hack
Prize: Fluke 117 Multimeter

Most Musical Hack

Summary: Awarded to the most musical hack
Prize: Teenage Engineering Arcade Pocket Operator

Most Ridiculous Hack

Summary: Awarded to the hack dubbed most ridiculous by the judges
Prize: Inflatable T-Rex costume

Most Artistic Hack

Summary: Awarded to the most artistic hack
Prize: Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet

Best Startup Pitch

Summary:Awarded to the best startup idea
Prize: TBD
Sponsor: Plug and Play Ventures

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c + Power Source

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Best hackCWRU V Media Post

Summary: Awarded to the best social media post related to hackCWRU V!
Prize: Amazon Echo Dot

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Vipin Gupta

Vipin Gupta
EVP & CIO Key Community Bank at KeyCorp

James McGuffin-Cawley

James McGuffin-Cawley
Dean of Case School of Engineering

Larry Sears

Larry Sears
Founder of Hexagram, Inc.

Katherine Cass

Katherine Cass
Release Manager & Developer at Salesforce

Ian Charnas

Ian Charnas
Manager of think[box]

Soumya Ray

Soumya Ray
Associate EECS Professor at Case Western Reserve University

Doug Meil

Doug Meil
IBM Distinguished Engineer, Watson Health

Nick Barendt

Nick Barendt
President, Barendt and Associates, LLC

Carmen Fontana

Carmen Fontana
Senior Project Manager, Centric Consulting

Larissa Marcich

Larissa Marcich
Software Developer & Consultant, ThoughtWorks

Alexis Abramson

Alexis Abramson
Case Western Reserve University EECS Department Chair

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