HackSmith 2017 is Smith College’s third annual hackathon. It is currently one of the only college hackathons designed to promote gender equality in computer science. Last year, Hack@Smith 2016 hosted over a 100 students from a diverse range of colleges including Amherst, Brown, Columbia, Rutgers, University of Maryland, College Park, Wellesley, and more. Over 70% of the attendees identified as female.

This year, Smith’s rapidly growing computer science club, Smithies in CS, will continue the tradition and invite students from all over the east coast to our 24-hour hackathon scheduled to take place February 25-26th 2017. All gender identities are welcome!


  • Participants: Students (over 18 years in age)
  • Teams: up to 4 team members will be given prizes

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,002 in prizes

1st Place

Echo Dot for each team member!

2nd Place

Bluetooth Headphones for each team member!

3rd Place

Chromecast & fitness trackers for every team member!

Best UI/UX

Wacom Intuos Tablets

Business Innovation Award (2)

$300 for the most innovative business idea, sponsored by the Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. $100 for the runner-up!

Best .tech Domain Name

$200 Amazon credit

Best Hardware Hack

Raspberry Pi


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Best Use of Amazon Web Services

$250 AWS Credit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Amy Josefczyk

Amy Josefczyk
Senior Program Manager @Microsoft

Sara Mathieson

Sara Mathieson
Assistant Professor of Computer Science @Smith College

Jordan Crouser

Jordan Crouser
Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistical & Data Sciences @Smith College

Angela Guo

Angela Guo
Software Engineer @New York Times

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
  • Idea & Social Impact
  • Completion
  • Practicality
  • User Experience

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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