100 students. 18 hours. Limitless possibilities.
We're excited to announce CarlHacks Gives Back, Carleton College's third hackathon. This edition of CarlHacks aims to celebrate Carleton College's sesquicentennial year in Northfield by hacking for local nonprofits looking to make technological improvements.

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$3,535 in prizes

1st Place

For a team of up to 4 hackers, each will receive a miniature drone courtesy of Make School and a Raspberry Pi 0w.

2nd Place

For a team of up to 4 hackers, each will receive a Raspberry Pi 0w.

3rd Place

For a team of up to 4 hackers, each will receive a gift card for Hogan Brothers and the team in its entirety will receive a voucher for 6 cupcakes from Cakewalk.

Best Beginner Hack

Awarded to best hack submitted by a team of first time hackathon-goers. For a team of up to 4 hackers, each will receive a $750 scholarship to Make School's 3 week Summer Academy in Minneapolis and a Make School t-shirt.


Awarded to best hack/website submitted on a .tech domain. For a team of up to 4 hackers, each will receive $50 in Amazon credit from .tech.

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit


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 Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bags

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • Undergrads over the age of 18 from any university in the United States are invited to register.


We'll be accepting all projects that adhere to the rules, but we'll especially be on the lookout for submissions in support of our chosen nonprofit--Project Friendship.  Submissions in support of any nonprofit will be eligible for bonus points during judging.

"Project Friendship is 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that builds self-esteem in children grades 2nd-7th. We match these children with a student mentor from Carleton College or St. Olaf College. Mentoring relationships have lasting benefits to any child. Most mentor-mentee relationships last two or more years, sometimes a lifetime. Mentor relationships benefit children who have switched to a new school, may be struggling with stress from their families, are new to the community, may have trouble making friends at school, or simply need a person to confide in.”

Project Friendship is looking for a new website design and an application for mentors/mentees, more details on their requests are below.  They'd love for both the website and application to follow their logo/promo material color schemes, both of which are in this google drive folder: https://goo.gl/9pgY8I


  • Target audience is parents (typically of kids ages 7-14), prospective mentors (college students), and some kids (but very few).
  • Vision is to show that organization is trustworthy and fun and to embody their new marketing campaign "3 C's"--build confidence, inspire character, and create connections.


  • Target audience is mentors (colleges students) and mentees (kids ages 7-14).
  • Possible purpose is to push notifications to mentors (i.e. monthly activity suggestions and tips, etc.), but teams should be creative, as its other functions are up to the developers!


Dan Callahan

Dan Callahan

Rebecca Barkmeier

Rebecca Barkmeier
Carleton College ITS

Jarek Wojciechowski

Jarek Wojciechowski
Major League Hacking

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity
  • Polish
  • Originality
  • Usefulness - General
  • Usefulness - Nonprofit

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