March 5th ignites a weekend devoted to hundreds designers and coders sinking 24 hours into building and creating. Mentors and industry representatives will also join the fray to lend expertise, and share wisdom. Expect swag and timeless brick-laden memories.

You must register at


You must be a registered participant of BrickHack in order to qualify. You must also be over the age of 18 or a current university student or be within one year of your graduation date if you have already graduated.


A 5 minute (maximum) video uploaded to your Devpost submission is required.

Every member must be registered for BrickHack 8 on Devpost.

Public repositories are required for validation (GitHub/GitLab/Bitbukkit).

Judging will happen on Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,688 in prizes

Best Brick Hack

Give us your best project. Bonus if it involves a brick. Enjoy :)

Each member of the winning team will win a brick along with a $100 Visa gift card.

Best Mobile Hack

Each member of the winning team will win Wireless Earbuds.

Best Game

Each member of the winning team will win a Nintendo Switch Lite.

Best Health Hack

Each member of the winning team will win a Fitbit Charge 5.

Best Solo Hack

Each member of the winning team will win a $100 Amazon Gift Card.

Best Failure To Launch

Each member of the winning team will win a wireless speaker.

Best UI/UX

Each member of the winning team will win a Wacom tablet.

Best Newbie Hack

Each member of the winning team will win a Razor Keyboard Set.

Best Use of DeSo

$100 worth of $DESO coin & an exclusive DeSo Tumbler

DeSo is the official Web3 sponsor of the MLH Hackathon League and the first Layer 1 blockchain custom-built for decentralized social media applications. While a blockchain like Avalanche costs $0.50+ to store just a 200-character post, the DeSo blockchain is built with custom indexing and storage optimizations which make it 10,000X cheaper to store social content on-chain! In order to qualify for the contest, you must launch an app that writes to the DeSo blockchain and implements DeSo identity. While social media apps are a great fit for DeSo, you can also build financial apps, marketplaces, and more on the DeSo blockchain. For inspiration on project ideas, you can check out some of the existing 200+ apps already live on DeSo at as well as our DeSo APIs. The Best Use of DeSo gets $100 worth of $DESO coin & an exclusive DeSo branded tumbler!

Best Use of CockroachDB

3D Printing Pen

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for you and each of your team members. What's more, if you submit a verified project and are a US resident, we'll be sending you a free CockroachDB T-shirt while supplies last!

Best use of Google Cloud

Google Cloud Swag Bag or Backpack

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: Winners located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks & lanyards. Winners outside of the US will receive a Google branded backpack.

Best Domain Name from

PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger

Register a .Tech domain name using during the weekend for your chance to win a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Most Creative Use of GitHub

GitHub Octocat Statue, Plushy & Sticker bundle

GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Most Creative Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Grove Beginner Kit

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with embedded Arduino Uno compatible board. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Get started with $50 in free credit!

Most Creative Product Launch

Corona Cooler packed to the rim with branded gear and swag

Help Constellation Brands blend the physical and digital worlds by launching a new project with a digital experience.

Most Commercially Viable Product

RIT's Simone Center will award the winning team $2,000 to advance their concept towards commercialization. This money may be spent on prototyping or customer discovery travel expenses. It may also be used as a stipend for an RIT team member seeking to work on this project as an entrepreneurial co-op. To qualify, the winning team must include at least one RIT student.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Jeremy Rudman

Jeremy Rudman
HackEngine, Software Engineer

William D. Figueroa

William D. Figueroa
CTO Fortune 500 Company

Chris Baudouin

Chris Baudouin
BrickHack Alumni

Joseph A. Gawlowicz, Esq.

Joseph A. Gawlowicz, Esq.
Professor, RIT

Garret Arcoraci

Garret Arcoraci
Professor, RIT

Pakeeza Akram

Pakeeza Akram
Professor, RIT

Ricky the Brick

Ricky the Brick
The Father of BrickHack

Judging Criteria

  • Judges make the final decision
  • 20% - Originality & Creativity & Novelty
    Is the project new and something that hasn't been attempted before? How does this approach a unique solution to a problem?
  • 20% - Wow Factor
    Subjective and buzz-wordy, huh? That's what makes it fun :) We know you have something up your sleeve that's going to knock our socks off!
  • 20% - Polish / Design / Execution
    Did your team successfully execute your project concept? Is it usable? Does it work? Is it well designed? Is the user experience smooth?
  • 20% - Demo / Presentation
    You'll have 5 minutes to pitch your project through a video uploaded to Devpost to the judges. We're interested in the problems you solved, API's you leveraged, technologies used, and lessons learned.
  • 20% - Multidisciplinary project
    We encourage and applaud interdisciplinary projects fueled by eclectic teams with diverse backgrounds.

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