Every team gets cool swag and $50 in OpenAI credits to work on their hack


  • To provide a hands-on experiential learning opportunity for college students in building new-to-the-world software products
  • To foster a climate of entrepreneurship among college students, encouraging them to consider technical entrepreneurship as a career pathway


  • College students from any university are welcome to attend (undergraduate and beyond)
  • The hackathon is open to students of any major, with and without technical experience
  • All teams must be in-person for both the event kick-off (Friday) and judging (Sunday)
  • Team can include up to 4 students


  • Health & Wellness
  • Education & Knowledge Management
  • Enterprise & Finance
  • Entertainment, Arts & Travel
  • Social Impact, Sustainability & Environment


Prizes will be given in the following categories (more coming soon!):

  • Best overall hack: $1500 in OpenAI credits and a meeting with Duke Capital Partners (donated by OpenAI and Duke Capital Partners)
  • Best hack using (or intending to use) Microsoft Azure: automatic set in the global semi-finals of Microsoft’s ImagineCup competition
  • Best hack by track: $200 in OpenAI credits for the winner in each track (donated by OpenAI)
  • Best beginner hack: $200 in OpenAI credits (donated by OpenAI)
  • Education & Knowledge Management track winner: $200 visa gift card (donated by Classwise)
  • Goal oriented and random prizes throughout the event
  • Duke memorabilia

Evaluation Criteria

Final submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Technical Accomplishment – how technically sophisticated is your hack in terms of the AI and the software application
  • Novelty – how creative and unique is your hack?
  • Commercial Viability – is there a clear path to monetization of your project?