About VassarHacks

VassarHacks is a 24-hour hackathon and the perfect opportunity to meet people with a passion for technology, learn something new, and build something amazing. Whether you’re an experienced hacker or a novice, our mentors and workshops will be there to help you push the boundaries of what you know.

This year, come tackle the monumental challenges of data privacy and environmental conservation.

Data Privacy

As the pandemic pushes more of our daily lives online, we are generating data like never before. How do we protect our data and privacy? Come think of solutions that can keep people safer and more secure online, or help them understand why they should care about their privacy.

Environmental Conservation

For years, scientists have been sounding the alarm bells about climate change and urging everyone to do more to preserve the environment. Join us and build meaningful tools that can help us reduce our environmental impact and safeguard the planet for future generations.



Teams will be judged based on their Hack's relevance and creativity, design, functionality, technical difficulty, and Presentaiton effectiveness. Each Hacker team should submit the following:

Hackathon Sponsors


$625 in prizes

1st Prize in Data Privacy

1st Prize in Environment Conservation

2nd Prize

3rd Prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Rui Meireles

Rui Meireles
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Vassar College

Judging Criteria

  • Idea
    How relevant was the project focus to the team’s chosen track? How creatively did the team’s project address their chosen track? (x2)
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? (x2) Is the User Interface well-designed and easy to use?
  • Functionality
    Does the hack successfully work the way the team says it should? (x2) What is the magnitude of the impact of the team’s idea?
  • Technical Difficulty
    How technically impressive was the hack? (x2) Did the team try to learn a new technology? (x2) Did the team overcome any obstacles or major goal changes during hacking?
  • Presentation
    Does the presentation flow in a manner that’s easy to follow? How well does the team explain their technical ideas and motivation from a high-level, intuitive perspective?

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