Join MadHacks and WACM and celebrate the arrival (we hope soon) of spring by trying something new, enhancing skills you have, putting what you've been learning in class to good use, or just having fun hacking. You have 12 hours, what will you build?

Doors open at 8:30 am. 

Hacking begins at 9:00 am.

  • There will be some quick announcements followed by a short presentation about the Exis platform prize
  • After the announcements and Exis, come to the front of 1240 if you're looking for teammates

Tech Talk

  • Exis will host a tech talk on the Exis platform at 10:00am


  • We do have vegan and gluten free options, please let us know at the hackathon if this applies to you
  • Breakfast 8:30am-10:00am Donuts from Greenbush Bakery and coffee
  • Lunch 1:00pm Capriotti's
  • Dinner 5:30pm Taj

Hack submissions are due before 9:00pm.



  • Open only to UW Madison undergraduate and graduate students
  • All majors are welcome to participate
  • Participants must be registered and physically present at the event on April 16 2015
  • Participants must be 18+
  • Teams may have 1-4 members


Even if your hack isn't "finished" you should still submit it for judging. Build the best hack you can, that best demonstrates your idea, given the short time you have to build it. Your submission should include

  • A 'functional' prototype or your software or hardware
  • A demonstration video (if applicable) showing your hack in action
  • Links to website and/or GitHub
  • Screenshots
  • Design documents, sketches, illustrations of your idea
  • An explanation of your hack-- why did you choose this project to build today?
  • What are your future plans for your hack?

If you use for your hack, make sure to submit your hack for that particular prize

Submit your hack well before the deadline-- you can update it until the deadline

Hackathon Sponsors


$275 in prizes

GoPro Camera

A GoPro camera will be awarded to the first place hack at MadHacks + WACM Spring Fever!

Microsoft Hacker Pack #1

Second place: Microsoft swag consisting of a Microsoft foam Hoodie Pillow, a Microsoft Sleeping Bag, and a portable charger.

Microsoft Hacker Pack #2

Third place: Microsoft swag consisting of a Microsoft blow-up Hoodie Pillow, a portable charger, and Bluetooth speaker.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Alex Kersten

Alex Kersten
Software Developer / Epic Systems

David Giard

David Giard
Technical Evangelist / Microsoft

Shira Epstein

Shira Epstein
Electrical Engineer / Sector67

Anton Kapela

Anton Kapela
Chief Technology Officer / 5NINES

Judging Criteria

  • Completeness
    How complete is the hack, both in terms of being operational and compared to the proposed design?
  • Execution
    Does the hack properly and efficiently offer a solution that addresses the idea or problem at hand?
  • Ingenuity
    Is the hack based on another application, or is it a completely original idea?
  • Presentation
    Did the team clearly define what problem or idea they decided to tackle? Did they illustrate how they approached the solution, and what hurdles they had to overcome?
  • Learning
    What new skills or knowledge did the team members acquire? Did they learn a new language, or use a new framework for the first time? Did they apply skills and knowledge from class work?
  • Future plans
    What's next for the hack? Are the team members planning to continue working in it and improving it?
  • Degree of difficulty
    How ambitious is the hack, given the limited time to build it? Is the hack far too large in scope, or is it too small in scope? Is this a hack that can be legitimately created from scratch in 12 hours?
  • Style points
    When you look at this hack, does it have a style all its own? Does this hack do what it does in an especially elegant way?

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