Annual hackathon organized by ACM@CMU

HackCMU 2020 is scheduled for September 25-26 with all activities conducted virtually. Note that this event is open to CMU students only! If your attendance has not been confirmed through the main site, your submission will not be judged. Try to submit as soon as possible (submissions can be modified up until the deadline) to avoid any last minute difficulties. Happy hacking!

Schedule (all times in EST)

Friday, September 25

  • 5:00pm: Opening ceremony
  • 6:00pm: Hacking starts!

Saturday, September 26

  • 6:00pm: Hacking ends!
  • 7:30pm: Video submission deadline
  • 8:00pm: Live demo session

Sunday, September 27

  • 3:00pm: Closing ceremony

Tech talks and tutorials TBA!

View full rules


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


You must be a student at CMU who has registered and confirmed attendance through


Make sure to create a video demo that's at most 90 seconds!




Judging Criteria

  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Demo Quality
    Is your demo video clear, understandable, and under 120 seconds? Can we understand what you did and why? Does the demo work? Does your project show care and polish?
  • Usefullness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?