MadHacks is the University of Wisconsin's twice-annual hackathon, bringing together partcipants from all over the US for 24 hours of hacking. Unlike other hackathons, MadHacks is going to be putting emphasis on the wacky, the original, and the downright impossible!

This event is a 12 hour, beginner-friendly mini-hackathon that gives new hackers a glimpse into what hackathons are like. Although it is a shorter hackathon, we will still be having mentors, workshops, and prizes!


  • All majors are welcome to participate
  • Teams may have 1-4 members


Even if your hack isn't "finished" you should still submit it for judging. Build the best hack you can, that best demonstrates your idea, given the short time you have to build it. Your submission should include

  • A 'functional' prototype or your software or hardware
  • Links to website and/or GitHub
  • Screenshots
  • Design documents, sketches, illustrations of your idea
  • An explanation of your hack-- why did you choose this project to build today?
  • What are your future plans for your hack?

You will be judged on the following criteria: Creative, Technical, Useful, Polished/Complete, Theme (When applicable)

Submit your hack well before the deadline-- you can update it until the deadline

NOTE: The official deadline is 8:30 PM! Please submit your hack before this time.

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,040 in prizes

1st Place

Prize: Nvidia Shield

2nd Place

Prize: Phillips Hue Starter Kit

3rd Place

Prize: MadHack's Battery Pack


Prize: Hak5 Rubber Ducky

Web Development

Prize: 2 Years of Web Hosting


Prize: Google Home Mini

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Caroline Hardin

Caroline Hardin

Suman Banerjee

Suman Banerjee

Steve Noonan

Steve Noonan

Walker Lillard

Walker Lillard

Judging Criteria

  • TBD

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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