CatHacks 3 is the University of Kentucky's third national hackathon

In April 2015, CatHacks was the first national college hackathon in the state of Kentucky. This year, we're back for round three.

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$5,580 in prizes

1st Place

Raspberry Pi Starter Kits for each team member
Medals for each team member

2nd Place

Amazon Echo Dots for each team member
Medals for each team member

3rd Place

Google Chromecasts for each team member
Medals for each team member

Best Hack for Women

Pebble Time Smartwatches for each team member

Best Solo Project

Beats Headphones for winner

Best Hardware Hack

Best use of Wolfram Technologies

Round-Trip travel to Wolfram Technology Conference 2017 and ability to present winning hackathon project


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Best use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Domain Name from Swag Bags

Gatton FinTech Challenge (2)

Teams with UK students are eligible for this prize. Complementary admission to Gatton FinTech Challenge to compete for cash prizes.


To participate in CatHacks, you must be a student at an American college or university.

To submit, you must be present at CatHacks during the competition weekend.


As judging will take place in person, you need only submit a brief description of your project. A paragraph or two will suffice.

Please include screenshots or pictures if possible. 

How to enter

To enter this challenge, sign up on before April 15, 2017.

You must be able to attend the physical hackathon at the University of Kentucky.


Dr. Jerzy Jaromczyk

Dr. Jerzy Jaromczyk
Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Kentucky

Dr. Neil Moore

Dr. Neil Moore
Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky

Judging Criteria

  • Algorithmic Difficulty
  • Usefulness
  • Project Design
  • Presentation