CrimsonHacks is about bringing hackers from all over the south for a weekend of innovation. For 24 hours, 250 students from around the Southeast will come together in Tuscaloosa at The University of Alabama for a weekend of innovation, free food, and of course, free swag. 


  • Projects must be submitted via Devpost.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a student at a university, trade school, or college (or graduated within 12 months)
  • Maximum of 4 hackers per team
  • Must be at event in-person

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,435 in prizes

First Place

Nintendo Switches

Second Place

Oculus Gos

Third Place

Mini Spheros

Best Use of AWS Amplify *AWS Sponsored Prize* (3)

You must use AWS Amplify to build a mobile or web app that connects to at least one AWS service provisioned by the Amplify framework.

1st place: Echo Spot
2nd place: Echo
3rd place: Echo Dot

Best Hack for Social Good *Pariveda Sponsored Prize*

Drones! (Ryze - Tello Quadcopter)

Lockheed's Favorite Hack *Lockheed Sponsored Prize* (2)

Echo Dots

Best Safety Related Hack *International Paper Sponsored Prize*

Raspberry Pis

Most Event-Driven Hack *CGI Sponsored Prize*

Create a hack that's centered around game day experiences. Use technology to improve things like parking, scheduling, purchasing, and safety. For example: if there’s an attack, checking in or supplying information to authorities.
Birmingham Iron Football Tickets

Best Rookie Hack

Cracking the Coding Interview Book

Best Hardware Hack

Arduino Kit

Best Presentation

Music LED Lights

The Future is Female (Best hack with majority female team)

Female Empowerment Goody Basket!!

Best Diverse Hack (Best hack with majority members that are considered a minority in the CS world)

Water Resistant & Anti-Theft College Backpack with USB Charging Port and Lock

Show us Team Spirit!!! (Best spirit team throughout entire event)

USB Mini Fridges

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Minis for each team member

Best Domain Name from

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

410C Dragonboard for each team member

Snap Kit Prize

Use Snap Kit's web or mobile SDK in your hack. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat or another awesome prize.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dr. Rob Morgan

Dr. Rob Morgan

Dr. Xiaoyan Hong

Dr. Xiaoyan Hong

Dr. Zhe Jiang

Dr. Zhe Jiang

Dr. Margaret Kim

Dr. Margaret Kim

Dr. Todd Freeborn

Dr. Todd Freeborn

Judging Criteria

  • Design
  • Usefulness
  • Fun
  • Innovation
    Judges will rate the uniqueness, creativity, and technical skill of your project.

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