Connect, Collaborate, and Create

With 700 of the brightest developers, engineers and designers in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you're a seasoned hacker or a tech newbie, nwHacks welcomes you; just bring an open mind and an insatiable desire to learn, and we’ll take care of the rest. Create a product, learn new skills, and have fun with friends, old and new - all in 24 hours.

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  • All attendees must be high school or university students. New graduates are welcome as long as your graduation date is within one year of January 2020.
  • We recommend teams of 2-4, but you are allowed to form a team with at most 5 people.


Rafael Jacinto

Rafael Jacinto

Ryan Matsumoto

Ryan Matsumoto
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Jacqueline Ashby

Jacqueline Ashby

Calvin Cheng

Calvin Cheng

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    Was the hack technically sophisticated? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult or a problem that affects many people? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? Does the hack look professional? Is the design accessible? For a hardware project, how good is the human-computer interaction? Did the team consider factors beyond the software?
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted? Does it seem finished or does it seem rough around the edges?
  • Originality
    Is the project unique and creative? When someone sees the project, will they think "WOW, this is cool"? If the project attempts to solve a common problem, does it use a unique approach or improve upon existing solutions?