SpartaHack is Michigan State University’s official hackathon. For one weekend, 300 students from a wide range of disciplines and skill levels will team up to build creative, innovative technological projects from scratch.


- Teams can have a maximum of 4 members

- All team members must be registered attendees of SpartaHack

- All members must be physically present at SpartaHack


You MUST fill out this form or your submission will not be judged.

Submissions must contain the following:

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

Hackathon Sponsors


$22,960 in prizes

Grand Prize

$1,000 + 1 year Treehouse subscription + Dell tablets + Admission to Global Hackathon: Seoul

Second Place

$750 + 6 month Treehouse subscription

Third Place

$500 + 3 month Treehouse subscription

Best iOS App

$250 for the best iOS hack

Best Android App

$250 for the best Android hack

Best Web App

$250 for the best web hack

Best UX

$250 for hack with best user experience

Most Technically Impressive

$250 for most technically impressive hack

First-Time Hacker Prize

$250 for best hack created by a team of first-time hackathon attendees

Funniest/Most Creative Hack

$250 for funniest or most creative hack

Best use of Google API

Nexus Player for hack with best use of a Google API

Most Innovative Use of PayPal/Braintree/Venmo API

Assortment of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings Lego Sets for best hack using the PayPal, Braintree, or Venmo API

Best Optimization Solution (Union Pacific)

$500 for best hack involving an optimization solution (process or logistics)

Best Myo Hack (Thalmic Labs)

Myo armbands (for each team member) for the best hack involving the Myo armband

Best Use of Firebase API (3)

1st Place: Firebase Trophy and 6 months of Firebase Blaze Plan ---
2nd Place: 3 months of Firebase Bonfire Plan ---
3rd Place: 3 months of Firebase Candle Plan

Best Use of AWS (MLH)

External hard drives (for each team member) for the best hack that uses AWS

KPCB Challenge

Automatic finalist position for KPCB Fellows 2015

Hack with Best Business Potential

$300 for hack with best business potential

Best use of Whirlpool Technology (2)

1st Place: Pick one each from 4 Kitchen-Aid Blenders, 4 Kitchen-Aid Personal Coffee Makers, and 4 EveryDrop Water Filter --- 2nd Place: Pick one each from remaining ---
3rd Place: Pick one each from remaining

Best Use of Intel Technology

3 x Parrot Sumo MiniDrones

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

- Make your app (any platform is accepted)

- Fill out the following form: SpartaHack Project Registration

- All teammates create a ChallengePost account

- Produce your screenshots and/or video demo (posted on Youtube or Vimeo)

- Submit your project to ChallengePost by 7:30AM, March 29th

- Hacking ends at 8:30AM, March 29th

- Demo your project to judges

- Wait for judging announcements and final demos


Jay Freeman

Jay Freeman
Creator of Cydia

Samantha Amburgey

Samantha Amburgey

Jeff McWherter

Jeff McWherter
Managing Partner at Gravity Works

Joanna Young

Joanna Young
CIO of Michigan State University

Rob McCurdy

Rob McCurdy
CSIO of Michigan State University

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    (1) The presentation of the project --- (2) The originality of the idea --- (3) The algorithm that they created and/or API utilization
  • Technical Difficulty
    (1) Utilization of API’s and hardware technologies --- (2) Implemented complex algorithms --- (3) Integrated across multiple platforms
  • UI/UX
    (1) Very straightforward and natural adoption of the interface --- (2) The design work is well executed and there was thought about the user in the implementation
  • Impressiveness/Function
    (1) The team challenged themselves to learn something new --- (2) The team management was well organized and executed --- (3) The project is working and can be well demonstrated

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