Be a part of something big

BigRed//Hacks is the oldest student-run, large-scale hackathon at Cornell University.

Across three days, students from all across the US will gather to build the coolest and most innovative projects, meet amazing people, and win some prizes along the way!

This year, BigRed//Hacks seeks innovation in education. This will mean something different to every person. Perhaps, this means transforming the classroom, which has looked relatively the same for the past 100 years, into a dynamic experience for the next generation with technologies as reactive as students. To others, this will mean using the wide reach of the internet to ensure education is truly the great equalizer for the underrepresented, the quiet, and the forgotten. To you, this should mean something special; the experiences we live through, the opportunities we take, and the people who touch our lives and shape who we are. Education happens both within and without the classroom, and convention should not limit what you decide to build. We want you to learn and show others how to learn. We want you to speak with your audience and be spoken to. Most of all, here at BigRed//Hacks, we want you to be empowered and empower others.

* We encourage all developers regardless of technical ability or hackathon experience to apply. Admission and food is free for all hackers.

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Submission must be an original piece of software, where a significant portion of the code and functionality was designed and written by the team members.

No part of the submission may be created outside of the 36 hour hackathon window, and any external code, images, or content must be equally available to all participants, licensed with permission to use, and follow all applicable laws.

Submissions must follow all applicable laws, may not promote copyright infringement, and may not be obscene or made with the purpose to marginalize or offend any group of people.

How to enter

Register online at ! Once accepted, your dashboard will give you more details on travel reimbursement, buses, and other information!


Keshav Dhandhania

Keshav Dhandhania
Compose Labs Inc.

Tom O'Connell

Tom O'Connell
Code Interactive

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Is the idea original and unique, or just a copy of something that already exists?
  • Technical Difficulty
    How difficult was the project to build? Of the technologies used, were they used well?
  • Aesthetics
    Does the project look put together and complete? How is the user experience?
  • Potential
    Could you see this project being used in the future beyond the hackathon, or is it just a one-time deal?
  • Demonstration
    How well did the team demonstrate their project?