Calling All Hackers, Builders & Innovators,

Hack@CEWIT is back at for it's fifth annual hackathon held virtually by the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) at Stony Brook University! In partnership with our friends at Major League Hacking, this year's theme is Innovating Through the Pandemic. How has technology changed this past year and what further innovations can be created to improve the quailty of life through technology.

Join us virtually on February 26-28, 2021, to improve your skills, learn new programs, and meet fellow hackers and industry mentors while competing prizes!

Interested in hacking, partnering, or have questions for our team? Visit or contact us at

See you at Hack@CEWIT!


All currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students currently living in the US. Max 4 per team.


All hacks must be submitted by 8:00am EST on Sunday, February 28th!

Project submissions must include a 2-3 minute video describing the project and conducting a demo.

All team members, with their full name, must be included in the "created by" section of the submission to ensure proper credit is given.

We strongly encourage you to fill out the submission text sections as much as possible.

Hackathon Sponsors


$5,055 in prizes

Top-Tier: Undergrad Best in Show

$1,500 Amex Gift card

All team members must be undergraduate students.

Top-Tier: Graduate Best in Show

$1,500 Amex Gift Card

All team members must be graduate students

Best Dressed: Most Ease of Use

$300 Amex Gift Card

This award will be given to the hack with the most ease of function, user capability, and overall experience and appearance.

Most Creative

$300 Amex Gift Card

A hack that is out of the ordinary and the
most original.

Best Pandemic Innovation

$350 Amex Gift Card

The pandemic taught us to prepare for future crisis. This hack will help us prepare and create better solutions.

Best Online Education Hack

$350 Amex Gift Card

Most education is occurring through online learning. This hack will solve possible issues and make it a better experience.

Best Home Office Hack

$350 Amex Gift Card

People are working from home and will continue to for a while. This hack will solve common issues/make the home office better.

Best Healthcare Innovation

$350 Amex Gift Card

Healthcare has advanced quickly within the last year. The award will go to the hack with the best healthcare innovation taking us further into the future.

Sotheon Pick, Most Interesting Use of Data

Softheon Swag Box!

Any project that gathers and uses data to
infer relationships is be eligible.

Sotheon Pick, Best Health Security Hack

Softheon Swag Box!

With everyone going remote, any project that focuses on the security of health and personal information would be eligible.

echoAR Pick, Best AR/VR Hack

$50 Amazon Gift Card + 3-Month Free Access to Platform

Build the best AR/VR application using the echoAR platform!

MLH Pick, Best Domain Registered with

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Backpack.

MLH Pick, Best use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: Each winning team member will
receive a Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack.

MLH Pick, Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for
this category. Each winning team member will receive a Grove Beginner Kit.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Jon Gottfried

Jon Gottfried
Co-Founder, Major League Hacking

Fan Ye

Fan Ye
Director of Communication and Devices, CEWIT

Steve Wong

Steve Wong
Senior Police Technology Administrator, Stony Brook University Police Department

Marc Alessi

Marc Alessi
Executive Director, Business Incubator Association of New York State and Executive Director, Tesla Science Center at Wardencliff

Alon Grinshpoon

Alon Grinshpoon
CEO, echoAR

Jonathan Lynch

Jonathan Lynch

Vincent Daempfle

Vincent Daempfle
Advanced Software Engineer, Zebra Technologies

Frank Jacovino

Frank Jacovino
Vice President Operations & Product Development, IPVideo

Michael Gouzman

Michael Gouzman
CTO, Center for Advanced Technology in Diagnostic Tools and Sensor Systems, Stony Brook University

Michael Chiang

Michael Chiang
Technology Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Stony Brook University

Taylor Devaney

Taylor Devaney
Talent Acquisition Specialist, Softheon

Judging Criteria

  • Criteria I: Innovation
    Innovation - The most innovative apps are new concepts that solve a problem in a unique way with new features.
  • Criteria II: User Interface / User Experience
    User Interface / User Experience - The best apps are intuitive, visually appealing, and designed for the intended user
  • Criteria III: Overall Quality
    Overall Quality - The best apps are aligned with system design and software engineering best practices and are well polished.
  • Criteria IV: Technical Complexity
    Technical Complexity - The best apps have a sophisticated design.
  • Criteria V: Quality of Pitch / Project Impact
    Quality of Pitch / Project Impact - The best apps have a clear business potential or broad impact (e.g., social, educational, etc.).

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