RedbirdHacks is Illinois State University's first hackathon for students across departments and majors to prototype, program, and pitch their ideas to corporate sponsors to cultivate innovation and collaboration.


Students from any major regardless of programming experience may submit projects for judging. All code must be created during the time of the event (April 24-26).


Submissions can be made to showcase applications on the site. Judges will be walking around to judge your apps at your tables.

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,900 in prizes

Best Application Overall

By RedbirdHacks: 1 Dell Venue 8 Tablet per team member

Best Use of Pebble Watch

By MLH: 1 Pebble Steel per team member

Best Application That Assists or Improves Everyday Life For Those Who Are Differently Abled

By The Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies / The Coleman Foundation: 1 Pebble Watch per team member

Best Consideration of User Privacy and General App Security

By Trustwave: $300 per team

Most Potentially Disruptive Hack

By Mirus Research: $300 per team

Best Use of a Rainbow-Unicorn-Ninja

By ISUSEC: $200 per team

Best Use of Node.js

By RedbirdHacks: $100 per team

Most Startup/Commercialization Potential*

By The Means Center for Entrepreneurial Studies: Finalist spot in ISU Startup Showcase ( Up to $50,000 prize package.

*Must include at least one Illinois State University student on your team.

“Anything but normal.” Hack

By TEDxNormal: A showcase at TEDxNormal in November 2015

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Submit your hack before 9:00am on April 26, 2015.


Austin Savage

Austin Savage

Judging Criteria

  • Per category
    Submissions will be judged based on how well they meet each prize category.

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