DragonHacks 2018 is the best 24-hour hardware-focused hackathon event hosted by Drexel University IEEE on Jan 6th - 7th 2018 in the Bennett S. LeBow College of Business. DragonHacks 2018 is bringing in the brightest minds of the world's best schools to spend 24 hours to create groundbreaking new products from scratch!

We will have more than enough East coast exclusive food and caffeine to energize hungry and excited hackers. With over $10,000 in prizes this year, your sleepless efforts will be rewarded!

Hacking begins at 2 PM Saturday, January 6th right after the 1 PM opening ceremony and ends at 2 PM Sunday, January 7th. You must submit your project to Devpost. In order to be eligible for prizes, you also must participate in the Sunday judging.


  • Individuals must be 18 years old or older
  • You must be at DragonHacks to work on a project for submission
  • Teams must not exceed a group of 5 Members
  • Please show your ID at registration
  • You cannot work on your project before the event begins
  • You cannot steal another team's source code
  • The decision of judges is final for determining prizes and awards
  • Please comply with all instructions from the volunteers
  • List your universities when you submit
  • Submit your team name and/or number  


Please answer the following questions in your submission:

  • How we built it?
  • What are the challenges we ran into?
  • What are the accomplishments that we're proud of?
  • What have we learned?
  • What's next for you?
  • What was used to build your project?
  • Try it out

Hackathon Sponsors


$10,050 in prizes

DragonHacks 2018 - Grand Prize

The Grand Prize will be given to the team with the best overall hack. Each member of the winning team will have 1st choice of prizes from the prize pool.

DragonHacks 2018 - 2nd Place

The second place prize will be given to the first runners-up. Team members will have the 2nd choice of prizes from the prize pool.

DragonHacks 2018 - 3rd Place

The third place prize will be given to the second runners-up. Team members will have the 3rd choice of prizes from the prize pool.

DragonHacks 2018 - Organizers' Choice Award (2)

The Organizers' Choice Award will be given to the team organizers deem the best. Team members will have the 4th choice of prizes from the prize pool.

Sponsor Prize: Lockheed Martin Challenge

Lockheed Martin will provide 5 prizes for the winners of their challenge.

The Challenge: We are looking for the best team that analyzes a system model or complex data set and demonstrates a superior visualization tool to present the data. Preference will be given to projects that are relevant to Lockheed Martin products, markets, or technologies

Sponsor Prize: Vanguard Challenge for $50 per team member

Vanguard’s Institutional Division manages assets in our clients’ 401K plans. We would like to improve our client experience for our retirement plan participants.

Meeting clients where they are:
Ø Engaging with people on the platforms they prefer
Ø Personalizing the digital experience based on their individual goals
Ø Providing actionable advice based on where they are in life

Sponsor Prize: SEI Challenge

Challenge: Combine finance and technology in a way that benefits your community

Sponsor Prize: Globo's DragonHacks Challenge (3)

Do something “cool” with programmable voice, SMS or webRTC using Twilio or text using Slack or Discord.

Sponsor Prize: Close School of Entrepreneurship

Challenge: The prize goes to the team that does the best job at Validating market needs for their data

MLH Prize: Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c + power source

MLH Prize: Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit (US Only)

MLH Prize: Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

The name must be on Domain.com

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Eric Pawlowski

Eric Pawlowski
Associate Director, Jones Lang LaSalle

Danish Dhamani

Danish Dhamani
CEO, Orai

Ajay Kumar

Ajay Kumar
Graduate Student, Drexel University

Ioannis Savidis

Ioannis Savidis
Associate Professor, Drexel University

Edward Schruba

Edward Schruba
Power Lab Manager, Drexel University

Sowrirajan Sowmithran

Sowrirajan Sowmithran
Graduate Student, Drexel University

Jonathan De Jong

Jonathan De Jong
VP of Engineering, Globo

Cathy Ingham

Cathy Ingham
Innovation and Research Team Manager, Vanguard

Dipesh Sher

Dipesh Sher
Graduate Student, Drexel University

George Millard

George Millard
CTO, Eoko

Alfredo Flores

Alfredo Flores
President, Drexel IEEE

Sufi Noor

Sufi Noor
Event Coordinator, Drexel IEEE

Chelsea Chapeliere

Chelsea Chapeliere
Vice President, Drexel IEEE

Anvita Mishra

Anvita Mishra
Secretary, Drexel IEEE

Judging Criteria

  • Definition
    Is there a clear and specific purpose? How well does the project serve the purpose or issue addressed?
  • Idea
    Is this an original idea? How does this project differentiate from similar projects? How did the team select their proposed solution?
  • Implementation
    On a scale from 0-10, how much of the code/hardware was created by the team? How much of this project could be described by the word “hacky”?
  • Presentation
    How clearly is the project explained? Does the presentation convince you the team understands their project? How well did their demo go? Did they stay inside their presentation time limit?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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