SpartaHack IV is Michigan State University's fourth annual student-run hackathon. On the weekend of January 19th, we're bringing together 500 students of all skill levels and disciplines to get creative with tech, connect with peers and professionals, and forget the words "I can't." We're excited to see what you will create!


 - Participation is limited to high school students, university students, or those who have left school within 2017-2018 school year.

- Minors are accepted!

- Teams can have a maximum of 4 members

Hackathon Sponsors


$60,250 in prizes

1st Place

$1000 to split and $3000 in SendGrid Credits + 6 Months of + $500 in DigitalOcean Credits to each winner

2nd Place

$750 to split + $1500 in SendGrid credits to each winner + $250 in Digital Ocean Credits to each winner

3rd Place

$500 to split + $125 in DigitalOcean Credits to each winner

Best Android App

$400 to split

Best UX

$400 to split

Best iOS App

$400 to split

Funniest/Most Creative Hack

$400 to split

First-Time Hacker Prize

$400 to split

Most Technically Impressive

$400 to split

Best Hardware Hack

$400 to split

Voice of the Community

$200 to split + Google home Mini

Best Hack That Helps After A Disaster/Loss

$500 to split + cozy sweatshirt-material blanket for each

Best Hack that Improves the Spartan Experience or Brings Spartans Together

Four $50 MSU Tech Store gift cards

Hacking for Improving Access to Legal Services

$500 to split

Best Use of NeoOBD2 Pro

$200 to split

Best Hack to Solve a Business Problem

$200 to split + gift certificate covering four people for an East Lansing area escape room

Best Performance Hack

Tickets to Dynatrace DevOne Detroit Conference in the fall

Best Hack for Sustainability - Bosch

Bosch DREMEL DigiLab 3D40 3D printer for each member

Best Hack for Sustainability - Dow Chemical

Amazon Echo for each team member

Best Hack for Healthcare

$250 to split, interview for DTX Launch Detroit, attendance to Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit IV(April 6-7th, value of up to $10K)

Best Use of an AUtonomous System

$200 to split

Best Use of SendGrid API

$3000 in SendGrid Credits + 6 Months of Free

Best Domain Name Registered With

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Best IoT Hack Using A Qualcomm Device

DragonBoard 410C & Power Source

Best Use of Amazon Web Services

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Judging Panel

Judging Panel
SpartaHack + Various

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Technical Impressiveness
  • Implementation

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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