DevFest '20 is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of DevFest, Columbia's one-and-only student-run hackathon!

This year, the hackathon is open to creations of many shapes and sizes, and contestants are not limited to creating hacks that target any specific area for most prizes.


See below for our Sunday schedule:

12am – 9am: Hacking Sprint III

9am: Breakfast

9am – 11:00am: Hacking Sprint IV and Demo Setup

11:00am – 1:00pm: Judging and Closing Remarks


All undergraduate and graduate students in Columbia are eligible to participate, as well as students from outside schools. However, students from outside schools must have at least one Columbia student on their team in order to be considered for a prize.


Submitted hacks must include at least two of the following:

  • Product code
  • Product graphics (i.e. screenshots of a prototype)
  • Video of hack being used
  • Video of team explaining the hack (possibly w/o a prototype)

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,650 in prizes

Best Hack for Social Good

$1000 in DigitalOcean Credits

Beginner's Prize

Surface Go

Third Place Prize

$500 in PayPal or Venmo

Second Place Prize

$750 in PayPal or Venmo + $400 in DigitalOcean Credits

First Place Prize

$1000 in PayPal or Venmo + $500 in DigitalOcean Credits

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dan Schlosser

Dan Schlosser
Senior Project Manager @ The New York Times

Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee
Project Manager @ Joy Systems

Alex Golec

Alex Golec
Engineering Manager @ Reddit

Judging Criteria

  • Completeness
    How much effort have you put into your hack, whether it be coding, making a prototype, or making a video describing how your hack will work?
  • Capability of Solving a Real World Problem
    How important of a problem is your hack trying to solve, and how well does it do so?
  • Creativity
    How unique is your hack? It helps if we've never seen something like this before, so we highly advise against making a "Tinder for Dogs."

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