MakeUC is the University of Cincinnati's Fall hackathon hosted by IEEE@UC. We work year-round to offer you this great 24-hour event and allow you to connect with other students and network with industry partners! This year, we will be going virtual and we have 1500+ registrants joining us from 500+ universities across 50+ countries! We're excited to have you hack with us this Fall at the largest hackathon in the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area!

To officially participate in MakeUC and be eligible for prizes you must be officially registered by visiting!


To qualify for submission you must be in our database (registered on No submission will be considered from students that are not in our database.

1. Video recording highlighting your approach, process, and code (2-3 minutes long).

2. Public repository link to access all the code (and design files), i.e. GitHub link.

3. A brief write-up (on Devpost) must be included with the project to discuss learning, technologies used, specific contributions by each team member (if applicable), etc.

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$44,270 in prizes

First Place Overall

Oculus Quest 2 | Nintendo Switch | 40" Roku TV

In addition to $250 in DigitalOcean Credits for each team member as well as one year of Scrimba Pro and a SWAG pack from Overleaf.

Second Place Overall

Apple Airpods | JBL Flip 5 | Nintendo Switch Lite | Galaxy Buds

In addition to a SWAG pack from Overleaf.

Third Place Overall

PS5 Controller | Mini Projector | Razor Mouse | Arduino Kit

In addition to a SWAG pack from Overleaf.

Best Education Hack

PS5 Controller | Mini Projector | Razor Mouse | Arduino Kit

Best Retro Throwback Hack

PS5 Controller | Mini Projector | Razor Mouse | Arduino Kit

Best Social Issue Hack

PS5 Controller | Mini Projector | Razor Mouse | Arduino Kit

Best Advancing Connectivity Hack

PS5 Controller | Mini Projector | Razor Mouse | Arduino Kit

[Wolfram] Wolfram Award (15)

A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro for each member on the top 15 teams overall.

[AWS] Best AWS Implementation

Amazon Echo Show 5 for each team member.

Criteria: Projects should use AWS, Should use more than 3 services, Follow best practices, Complete project/working demo.

[AWS] Innovative AWS Solution

Echo Dot for each team member.

Criteria: Projects should use AWS, Should use more than 3 services, Follow best practices, Complete project/working demo.

[Twilio] Best Use of Twilio API

The prize is an IoT kit for each team member from the winning team.

To qualify for this prize you must use the Twilio API.

[Beeceptor] Best Use of Beeceptor

Each member of the winning team will receive a 15" laptop backpack as well as 1 year of Beeceptor worth $240.

[Northrop Grumman] Capture the Flag

Only ONE individual can win this challenge. The winner will receive a Pro Tech Toolkit (US mailing addresses only).

[UC Center for Entrepreneurship] Best Business Model

Apple Airpods | Apple Watch Series 3 | Apple TV 4k

Criteria: Use the slides under on our resources page "MakeUC Business Model Pitch Deck" to address the market viability of your product.

[Guerbet] Best Use of Automation for Verification

$100 Amazon Gift Card Per Hacker + Meeting with Director of R&D at Guerbet

[Givaudan] Best Hack for Demystifying Food Experience

$125 Amazon Gift Card Per Hacker + Interview with Givaudan Team

[AssemblyAI] The Best Use of AssemblyAI API

The project that makes the best use of AssemblyAI's API will receive $100 Amazon gift card per participant for the winning team.

[Tezos] Best Project Using Blockchain

There will be three winning teams. First Place will receive $5,000 in tez, Second Place will receive $2,000 in tez, and Third Place will receive $500 in tez.

Criteria: Potential Impact, Novelty, Technical, Design and UX.

[MLH] GitHub Octocat Drawing

Octocat Figure, Octocat Plush Toy, and 37 GitHub stickers!

[MLH] Best Use of Auth0

Exclusive Auth0 Swag made for MLH

Auth0 wants your applications to be secure! Use any of the Auth0 APIs for a chance to win some exclusive swag, including a Miir 12oz tumbler, Rubiks Cube, and sticker! Why spend hours building features like social sign-in, Multi-Factor Authentication, and passwordless log-in when you can enable them through Auth0 straight out of the box? Save some time on your hack and set yourself up for a big win. It doesn't take much to get started. Auth0 is free to try with up to 7,000 free active users and unlimited log-ins. Make your new account today!

[MLH] Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Get started with $50 in free credit!

[MLH] Best Space App powered by Space Force

Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

The sky is not the limit! Try your hand at making a space-themed application for a chance to win a wireless Bluetooth speaker for you and your team from the U.S. Space Force! We’re looking for amazing solutions to any space-related problems you can imagine. For any sci-fi enthusiast, this is the perfect opportunity to push the limits of your creativity by building the technology of tomorrow, today. We can’t wait to see the solutions you build!

Please note: In order to qualify for this prize, the majority of your team should be located in the US.

[MLH] USAF Cyber Security Raffle

Solar Powered Battery Pack

[MLH] Best Domain Name from

Wireless Phone Charger

Register a .Tech domain name using during the weekend for your chance to win a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

[MLH] Best Use of Google Cloud

Google Cloud Swag Bag or BackPack

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: Winners located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks & lanyards. Winners outside of the US will receive a Google branded backpack.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Mahesh Gurram

Mahesh Gurram
Amazon Web Services

Will Hawkins

Will Hawkins
Professor at University of Cincinnati

Tom Skrzeszewski

Tom Skrzeszewski
Director, Global R&D at Guerbet

Shimoli Reddy

Shimoli Reddy
Lead Program Integrator at Guerbet

David Washburn

David Washburn
Manager at Northrop Grumman

Yong Xu

Yong Xu
Research Director at Givaudan

Alexander Sahatjian

Alexander Sahatjian
Research at Givaudan

JT Salisbury

JT Salisbury
Software Engineer at American Express

Emily Chao

Emily Chao
Software Engineer at Recidiviz, Ex-Twitter

Kate Harmon

Kate Harmon
Executive Director at UC Center for Entrepreneurship

Anindya Moitra

Anindya Moitra
Data Scientist at Verinovum

Judging Criteria

  • Innovative Approach
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Purpose and Value
  • Presentation Quality

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