Knight Hacks is a 36-hour hackathon and is an official Major League Hacking member event for the 2019 Season. A hackathon is best described as an "inventing marathon" where students interested in technology come together to learn, develop their skills, and create. Students work around- the-clock in teams of up to four to develop a project before the end of the weekend. The environment of a hackathon is overwhelmingly positive, supportive, and educational. It's not just senior-level computer science majors in attendance — Knight Hacks welcomes students of all backgrounds, skill levels, and academic majors. We provide mentors, workshops, hardware to experiment with, access to APIs and cloud services, prizes, and most importantly, food! Above all, what makes Knight Hacks special is that it is 100% free-of-charge for all attendees, making the opportunity to learn available to everyone.


Friday March 1

7:00 PM - Hacker Check-in, ENG 2 Atrium

7:30 PM - Dinner, ENG 2 105

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Sponsor Mingling, BA 1 Atrium

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Opening Ceremony, CSB 101

10:00 PM - 11:00 PM - Sponsor Fair, BA 1 Atrium

11:00 PM - Hacking Begins

11:00 PM - Team Building, CSB 101

11:30 PM - 1:30 AM - "Hello, World!" (Office Hours), Idea Lab

Saturday March 2

1:00 AM - Midnight Snack, Eng 2 105

8:00 AM - Breakfast, Eng 2 105

1:00 PM - Lunch, Eng 2 105

7:00 PM - Dinner, Eng 2 105

Sunday March 3

12:00 AM - Midnight Snack, Eng 2 105

8:00 AM - Breakfast, Eng 2 105

9:00 AM - Submissions Close

11:00 AM - Hacking Ends

11:00 AM - Lunch, Eng 2 105

12:00 PM - Demo Sessions

3:30 PM - Closing Ceremony, MSB 260



Mentors Lounge - Idea Lab

Sleeping Rooms - Eng 1, 427 & 435

MLH Hardware Lab - TI Lab


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$2,080 in prizes

1st Place Project

Will be decided through general judging.
Prize: Nintendo Switches for each member (limit 4).

2nd Place Project

Will be decided through general judging.
Prize: Tello Quadcopter Drones for each member (limit 4).

3rd Place Project

Will be decided through general judging.
Prize: Wyze Cam and Wyze Cam Pan for each member (limit 4).

Royal Bank of Canada Challenge

Come up with the most creative idea that integrates finances into a consumers' lifecycle. Prizes: Amazon Gift Cards for each member.

Facebook: Best Hack for the Greater Good

Team will receive $200 to donate to a non-profit charity of their choice and each member will have an interview with Facebook for either a full time or internship.

JPMorgan Chase: Best Hack for Social Good

Already have an idea? Great! Hack on any social good topic that you’re interested in or passionate about. If you don’t have a specific idea, feel free to respond to the challenge below:

Background: In the past months, major cities across the US and the world have been devastated by hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. We know the road to recovery is long and people are facing significant challenges as they work to recover from these historic weather events. Our help is clearly needed now and will be needed in the future when another disaster strikes. Think about how technology can be used to aid cities impacted by natural disasters with relief and recovery. You can build off of one of the existing ideas already in the disaster relief technology landscape or come up with new ideas that address gaps in this space.
Prizes: Each member of the winning team will win Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones

American Express Challenge (2)

Create single page web application which renders and give different user experience based on the logged in user’s role.
Prizes: $100 Gift Cards

Microsoft Azure Challenge

Best Use of Azure APIs on a project that empowers any person or any organization on the planet to achieve more. Each winning team member will receive a super swaggy microsoft backpack!

Google: Most Effective Use of GCP to Solve Impactful Problems

Knight Hacks teams will be judged on technical complexity, societal impact, and proper use of GCP products (not count of products but quality of usage).

Best Use of Snap Kit

Use Snap Kit's web or mobile SDK in your hack. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat or another awesome prize.

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Use Google Cloud Platform in your hack. Find a full list of GCP products & services at: Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini, max 4 per team.

Best Domain Registered with

Register a domain using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit.

Best IoT Hack using a Qualcomm Device

Use a Qualcomm device, like the Dragonboard 410C, in your IoT project. Each winning team member will receive their own DragonBoard 410C.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dr. Richard Leinecker

Dr. Richard Leinecker
Knight Hacks Faculty Mentor/ Department of Computer Science

Dr. Zakhia Abichar

Dr. Zakhia Abichar
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Eric Smithson

Eric Smithson
Data Engineer/ The Home Depot

Melissa Bowman

Melissa Bowman
Development Manager, Electronic Arts / EA Sports

Tim Cowan

Tim Cowan
Head of Technology, Electronic Arts Tiburon / EA Sports

Jim Geist

Jim Geist

Johann Garces

Johann Garces

Doug Woodrow

Doug Woodrow
CTO Watchovr

John Muchovej

John Muchovej
Founder/President AI@UCF

Sharon Wong

Sharon Wong
Associate, Software Engineering/JPMorgan Chase

Francois Du Toit

Francois Du Toit
Executive Director, Software Engineering/ JPMorgan Chase

Barry Rivers

Barry Rivers
American Express

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
  • Design
  • Learning
  • Completion

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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