Come build with us.

WildHacks is Chicago's largest intercollegiate hackathon that runs for 36 hours.

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Judges

Garrett Meier

Garrett Meier
Coach, MLH

Michael Marasco

Michael Marasco
Director, Farley Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Neal Sales-Griffin

Neal Sales-Griffin
CEO, Starter League

Mert Iseri

Mert Iseri
CEO, SwipeSense

Jake Albaugh

Jake Albaugh
Engineer, Codepen

Trevor Austin

Trevor Austin
Senior Technical Lead, Civis Analytics

Saurabh Gupta

Saurabh Gupta
Principal, Jump Capital

Zack Johnson

Zack Johnson
CEO, Syndio

Tom Schenk

Tom Schenk
Chief Data Officer, City of Chicago

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    The hack should be unique and interesting. This can range from a new spin on a known idea to completely outlandish ideas. The hack should be something damn cool you’ve never seen before.
  • Usefulness/Utility
    Doesn't have to be business-ready, but should have the potential to be a useful in everyday life. Should also be intuitive and easy to use.
  • Technical Complexity
    The hack should be technically impressive for 36 hour project. They should have code and a functioning prototype. Anything from frameworks, apis, algorithms to interesting languages can add to the technical difficulty of the project.
  • Polish/Design
    Should look or work beautifully. The closer it looks and feels to a professional-grade application, the better.