RevolutionUC is a student hackathon in which we invite students from across the midwest to partake in a weekend of code, community, and self-improvement. You don't have to attend the University of Cincinnati and you don't have to be a computer science major or engineering student. We're looking for people who share our passion to do awesome things with technology.

You can find more information about RevolutionUC on the event's website

For information about the schedule for the event visit the schedule page from the event's website


RevolutionUC is open to all college and high school students. Before any hacking begins we require you to sign a waiver, which will be emailed to all registered participants prior to the hackathon. If you are under 18 you will need a parent or legal guardian to sign the waiver.

View the FAQ page on the event's website ( or contact us for more details.


  • Be prepared to present your hack to multiple judges in four minutes
  • Demo the project you've been working on for the past 24 hours
  • Be proud of what you've worked on!
  • Tell us what all you've learned while hacking (in only four minutes!)
  • Checkout the judging criteria (Projects are judged based on creativity, learning, and functionality)
  • Tell us if you've used an opt-in or sponsor prize category when you submit on devpost
  • Be sure to tell us if you've used any of the MLH sponsored hardware for you hack

Make sure to submit your project by 12:30 pm on March 4th to assist in judging. Your project will remain editable until 1:30 pm. Use the table number at your current table when asked - the table number you write down is where you will be judged - don't move!

Submissions open as soon as hacking starts, at 1:30 pm on March 3rd, and ends when hacking ends, at 1:30 pm on March 4th. You must submit before 12:30 pm on March 4th  in order to be eligible for judging. You can and are encouraged to continue working on your project until hacking ends (1:30pm March 4th).

You may use your own laptop for your presentation. Projects will be evaluated in an exposition style by different judges who will visit your group if you submit your project. The top teams will present their project during the closing ceremonies.

Finalists will be presenting at 3:30 pm on March 4th when the Awards/Closing Ceremony begins in Zimmer Auditorium.

In addition to overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, we also offer sponsor prizes and category prizes that will be judged separately.

Hackathon Sponsors


$6,550 in prizes

1st Overall

MLH Medal
1 of: Nintendo Switch | Apple Watch Series 3 | Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Wireless Headphones

2nd Overall

MLH Medal
1 of: Philips Hue Color Starter Kit | Fitbit Blaze | Google Home + Mini | Echo + Echo dot

3rd Overall

MLH Medal
1 of: Google Daydream View | Google Home Mini + Smart Plug | Arduino Starter Kit

JP Morgan Chase & Co. - Best Hack for Social Good

Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker

You can work on any social good topic of your choice or work on something related to financial wellness or disaster relief. Stop by JP Morgan's table to pick up a flyer with their challenge and judging criteria.

Fifth Third Bank - Best Fin Tech Solution

$200 Amazon Gift Card
Develop an innovative, customer-centric solution that disrupts the financial services industry and makes the customer’s life easier. The solution can be an idea, product, service, app, etc. The customer can range from a retail consumer to a small business to a large commercial business.

TCS - Best Hardware Hack

$100 Amazon Gift Card
Tata Consultancy Services will give $100 Amazon gift cards to winners of their best hardware hack prize.

8451 - Make the Customer's Life Easier

This is one of the core principles that drives the direction of everything we do at 84.51°. For this challenge, show us what this principle means to you. Present some innovative solution that will make the life easier for a customer. Be creative and put yourself into the shopper’s shoes.

Bonus Points: download one of our sample data sets from and incorporate the data into your solution.

Best Education Hack

Arduino Starter Kit
RevolutionUC is all about learning! For the project that best improves education or learning in some way.

Best High School Hack

Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Best hack done by a team comprising of all high school students!

Best Useless Hack

$100 Bill Wireless Charger

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Domain Name from

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essentials Kit

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

DragonBoard 410C + power source for each team member

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Did you build something novel? Something original?
  • Functionality
    What does your project do? How well does it do it?
  • Learning
    Did you step out of your comfort zone and try something new?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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