SpartaHack V is Michigan State University's fifth annual student-run hackathon. On the weekend of January 18th, we're bringing together 500 students of all skill levels and disciplines to get creative with tech, connect with peers and professionals, and forget the words "I can't." We're excited to see what you will create!



- Participation is limited to high school students, university students, or those who have left school within 2018-2019 school year.

- Minors are accepted!

- Teams can have a maximum of 4 members

Hackathon Sponsors


$20,550 in prizes

1st Place

$1000 to split

2nd Place

$750 to split

3rd Place

$500 to split

Best Android App

$400 to split

Best UX

$400 to split

Best iOS App

$400 to split

Funniest/Most Created Hack

$400 to split

First-Time Hacker Prize

$400 to split

Most Technically Impressive

$400 to split

Best Hardware Hack

$400 to split

Best Customer Experience Personal Assistant for Customers or Employee

$800 to split + Amazon Echo per team member

Best Sensor Fusion

$200 to split + Particle IoT Dev Kit for each team member

Best Hack That Helps After a Disaster/Loss

One Gaming Kit per team member - $100 Steam gift card, blanket, and gaming accessories in an Auto-Owners branded duffel bag

Best Hack For Improving Learning Experience

4 Under Armour Backpacks

Best Hack for Sustainability

Tello Quadcopter for each team member

Best TypeScript Hack

$100 Amazon Gift Card for each team member (up to 4)

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home and Google Cardboard for each team member

Best Use of Intrepid Hardware

$50 Amazon Gift card to each team member (up to 4)

Best Hack that Enables and Improves the Spartan Experience

$200 in MSU Tech Store gift cards to split

Best Hack that Benefits the Community

$200 to split + an Arduino starter kit per team member

Best User Interface and Human Machine Interaction

$400 in gift cards to split

Best Use of SendGrid API (2)

first prize: $3,000 in credits, second prize: $1,500 in credits

Best Use of StockX API

$1000 in StockX credit to split

Best Hack for Automotive - Autonomous and Electrification

$500 to split

Best Hack for Digital Twins

$500 to split

Snap Kit Prize

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

410C Dragonboard for each team member

Best Domain Name from

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Judging Panel

Judging Panel
SpartaHack + Various

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Technical Impressiveness
  • Implementation

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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