MegaHack at VCU

MegaHack is a 24-hour sprint of intense innovation and problem-solving for innovative developers and makers to meet challenges provided by our sponsors. Participants address challenges through teamwork, solution ideation, programming, rapid prototyping, developing flow processes, and more. Participants may work in teams of up to four members, and cross-disciplinary teams are highly encouraged. This will be the seventh Hackathon organized at the VCU College of Engineering. This year’s goal is 350 participants; all skill levels and all disciplines are welcome. The College of Engineering is hosting this hackathon to ignite students’ spirits in a competition without creative boundaries.

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Areas of Focus: Smart Tech, Smart Health, Smart Cities

The future is now! Challengers at this year’s MegaHack@VCU will be tackling real-world problems in the “smart” world we are living in. Challenges will range from IoT (Internet of Things) to blockchain & cryptocurrencies to innovative breakthroughs in medical technologies. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to attend.

Schedule of events

Schedule is tentative. Please check back before the event for final details.

Saturday, January 27
8–10 a.m. Event check-in | Breakfast
9:45–11:30 a.m. Opening ceremony and challenge pitching
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Team formation and brainstorming
Noon Lunch in Collaboration Hub | Hacking begins
3 p.m. Workshop 1 - TBA
6 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Workshop 2 - TBA
8 p.m. Fun break: Mini-event in the Collaboration Hub
Sunday, January 28
8 a.m. Breakfast in the Collaboration Hub
9 a.m. Workshop 3 - TBA
Noon Lunch | Submissions due by hackers
1–2 p.m. Judging
2:30–3 p.m. Closing ceremony and awards

Overall Awards

MegaHack gives monetary awards to the best submissions in addition to the awards provided by the sponsors of the challenges.

1st trophy

1st place prize

2nd trophy

Two (2) 2nd place prizes

3rd trophy

Three (3) 3rd place prizes

*Monetary values of each prize to be determined.

Thank you to our current sponsors

Commonwealth Cyber Initiative logo
Small Business and Supplier Diversity logoAltria logoCoStar Group logoDevpost logoCollege of Engineering brandmarkdaVinci center brandmark

Sponsorship levels

MegaHack would not exist without great sponsors. The event is an excellent opportunity to connect with and evaluate talent. You’ll see how the next generation of leaders can scope and creatively solve problems under pressure.

Platinum $15,000

  • Event co-host
  • Keynote speech
  • Dinner sponsor (Limited to 1)*
  • Top logo placement

Includes all the benefits of the gold, silver, bronze, and supporter packages, with the exception of a named meal.

Gold $10,000

  • Create a challenge theme for the event
  • Lead a tech talk, workshop or tutorial session
  • Lunch sponsor (limited to 2)
  • Priority logo placement

Includes all the benefits of the silver, bronze, and supporter packages, with the exception of a named meal.

Silver $5,000

  • Lead a tech talk, workshop, or tutorial session
  • Breakfast sponsor (limited to 2)
  • Prominent logo placement

Includes all the benefits of the bronze and supporter packages.

Bronze $2,500

  • Representative & booth at the event
  • Judge entries

Includes all the benefits of the supporter package.

Supporter $1,000

Show Your Support with a Presence at the Event

  • Logo on t-shirts
  • Access to participant resumes
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