Carleton College is pleased to announce the first large-scale hackathon at a small liberal arts college, bringing the inclusive liberal arts perspective to the world of hackathons. Whether you have a passion for graphic design or a penchant for systems, your skills and ideas can help create something truly powerful. That’s the essence of the liberal arts perspective—diverse backgrounds can lead to impressive results. What will you create?


Any student who is or was enrolled in an undergraduate collegiate institution during the 2014–2015 academic year is eligible to participate in teams of 2–5.


Submissions must contain the following:

  • Screen shots of you project. 
  • An accurate description of what it does.
  • All team members must be added on the submission form.

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,290 in prizes

First Place

MLH medals, Qiqqa 3 year premium subscriptions for 5 people on the team and Dell Venue 8 tablets for the team and a special gift from CarlHacks!

Second Place

MLH medals, Qiqqa 3 year subscriptions for 5 people on the team and a special gift from CarlHacks!

Third Place

MLH medals, Qiqqa 3 year subscriptions for 5 people on the team and a special gift from CarlHacks!

Wine Hack: Consolation Prize

Consolation prize - $200

This prize will be awarded to any team that, in our opinion, made a strong effort to try to claim one of the above three prizes, but failed to meet the criteria. Award is solely at the discretion of CodeWeavers staff.


Amazon Gift cards + Mongo Swag

Beginner Prize

One team will receive a Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS book for each team member, and $500 of Ragic credit for the team.

Best Use of Pebble

The best hack that uses Pebble watches (some are provided in the hardware lab) will receive Pebble Steels.

Best Education Hack

3 year Qiqqa premium plus subscription

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Apply at


Daniel Alabi

Daniel Alabi

Jeremy White

Jeremy White

Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan
Software Engineer / GovDelivery

Erik Ruggles

Erik Ruggles
Software Engineer / TempWorks Software

Claudia Schachter

Claudia Schachter

Ray Finzel

Ben Cole

Ben Cole

Will Johnston

Will Johnston
Morgan Stanley

Judging Criteria

  • Novelty
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Utility/Function
    Is the hack practical and something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • User Experience
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Overall Impression

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