YHack is an international hackathon hosted by and held at Yale that brings together 1000+ hackers and creatives from all over the world.

YHack is a festival of innovation, an arena of tech warriors, and a stage to present your big idea. This year, in light of the COVID-19 situation, we’re creating a special edition of YHack: a week-long, virtual hackathon that will bring together students from around the world, and we want you to be a part of our celebration of innovation and creativity.

Through YHack V. 2020, we also hope to provide more sustainable methods to make this world a better place and encourage participants to be even more innovative, breathing life into technology.


Each team will submit a 5-8 minute recorded video demo of their project. After uploading this demo on some video hosting website (e.g. YouTube), simply submit the link to this demo on Devpost, making sure that the video is publicly viewable.

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Overall YHack V. 2020 Prize

The overall best hack of YHack V. 2020, across all project categories!

Prize: $1000 in cash split amongst the winning team members, and one SCIMITAR RGB ELITE Optical MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse per winning team member.

(Citadel) Best COVID-19 Related Hack

The best COVID-19 related hack.

Prize: $1200 in cash split amongst the winning team members.

(Digital Asset) Best Use of DAML to Make a Social Network, App, or Website

Create a more democratized version of your favorite social media, app, or website using DAML. Bonus points for deploying your application between multiple participants.

Prize: The winning team will each receive a Varmilo VA87M Moonlight White LED TKL Dye Sub PBT Mechanical Keyboard with key switches of their choice and 4 months of a free project: DABL Pro subscription (our cloud service for deploying DAML applications)

(Earth Hacks) Environmental Impact-to-Action.

Design a hack or tool that you would use to educate someone who denies the science of climate change.

Prize: Each member of the winning team will receive Boshiho Cork Laptop Cases. Earth Hacks will contact the winning team members directly to get their laptop sizes and their mailing addresses. If there are any issues with the stock of the laptop cases, Earth Hacks will send the winning team members individual LuminAids.

(echoAR) Best use of the echoAR platform to build a AR/VR hack.

The AR/VR hack that best uses the echoAR platform.

Prize: The winning team will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and each team member will receive 1-month free Business Tier access to the echoAR platform. Selected projects will also be featured on echoAR's "Inspiration" Page."

(Facebook) Building Community and Bringing the World Closer Together in a COVID-19 World

Covid-19 has had an immense impact on how relationships are formed and has made it difficult to build and maintain a sense of community. Our prize will go to the hack that helps to promote Facebook's mission of "giving people the power to build communities and bringing the world closer together" in this new remote world.

Prize: Each member of the winning team will be given a Portal (Facebook Tablet)

(Google Cloud) Best Use of Google Cloud

The hack that best uses any Google Cloud product.

Prize: Google Cloud branded backpack, water bottle, and trophy awarded to each winning team member (only shipped to US addresses).

(Google Cloud) Best Use of Google Cloud - COVID-19 Hackathon Fund (3)

See http://g.co/learncloud/hackathon-fund for more information.

Prize (there are 3 prizes up for grabs in this category): Select projects may receive an invitation to apply to the Google Cloud COVID-19 hackathon fund awarding up to $5,000 in cloud credits and guidance from Google developers.

(RippleMatch) Best Hack for College Students Looking for Jobs or Internships

The best hack that connects college students actively looking for jobs or internships.

Prize: Free access to the RippleMatch Select program. RippleMatch Select is a more curated and personalized version of RippleMatch that comes with additional perks. As part of the RippleMatch Select network, members will have access to additional resources, personalized matches, and access to professional development workshops!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Judging Criteria

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