Join Hacker Madness!
Demo your software or hardware hack. Compete against the best hacks from the top universities for $1,000.

Hacker Madness Rules of Participation

  1. Participation: Participants must be full-time or part-time university students who are enrolled in either a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral program. Only students who are Readyforce members are eligible to win prizes. Membership is free, and students can join at

  2. Teams: Teams must consist of between one and four participants.

  3. Categories: Teams can submit either a software or hardware hack. All hacks will be considered and compete within the same category.

  4. Submissions: Each team is permitted one submission, and all parts of the project must have been produced solely by team members. A project must have been created since January 1, 2013, and may include school projects, hackathon submissions, or independent projects. By submitting a project, you and your team grant Readyforce the unrestricted right to use your submission material, at no cost, for promotional purposes of future Readyforce events. Submissions must be entered before October 26th.

  5. Demos: Teams will have 2 minutes to demo their projects. Demos longer than 2 minutes will not be considered.

  6. Voting: Voting is open to the public at Projects should be evaluated based on creativity, technical difficulty, polish, and usefulness. You can only vote once per day.

  7. Preliminary Round Voting: Between September 9-October 26, students from any school can submit their hacks to compete for their school’s spot in the final round bracket competition. The 35 schools on the Hacker Tour will receive an automatic bid into the finals bracket, and the remaining 29 spots are open to top hacks from any other university.

  8. Final Round Voting: On Saturday, October 26th, the the 64 team Hacker Madness bracket will be finalized and voting for each round will be open for 24 hours until the top hack is identified.

  9. Grand Prize Winners: The grand prize for winning the Readyforce Hacker Madness competition is $1,000, which will be awarded November 1st, 2013. Only students who are Readyforce members are eligible to win prizes. Membership is free, and students can join at

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