Come build with us.

WildHacks is Chicago’s largest intercollegiate hackathon. This November, the most creative and innovative students from the Midwest and around the country will come to Northwestern to ideate, develop, and launch novel hardware and software projects. In just 24 hours, 500 students will learn from top industry mentors, collaborate with talented teammates, and turn their wildest ideas into reality.

November 21-22, 2015 in Evanston, IL.

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All full or part-time undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to compete, regardless of skill level or prior experience.


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Melissa Crounse
Executive Director, The Garage at Northwestern

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Brad Morehead
CEO LiveWatch Security, Kellogg Adjunct Lecturer of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Neal Sales-Griffin
CEO, The Starter League

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Haoqi Zhang
Professor, Segal Design Center

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Tony Wilkins
Managing Director, BNY Mellon, Membership Chair, Hyde Park Angels

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Karl Hughes
Head of Engineering, Packback

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Justin Woo

David Giard

David Giard
Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    The hack should be unique and interesting. This can range from a new spin on a known idea to completely outlandish ideas. The hack should be something damn cool you’ve never seen before.
  • Usefulness/Utility
    Doesn't have to be business-ready, but should have the potential to be a useful in everyday life. Should also be intuitive and easy to use.
  • Technical Complexity
    The hack should be technically impressive for 24 hour project. They should have code and a functioning prototype. Anything from frameworks, apis, algorithms to interesting languages can add to the technical difficulty of the project.
  • Polish/Design
    Should look or work beautifully. The closer it looks and feels to a professional-grade application, the better.