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Hack Dearborn is an upcoming annual hackathon in southeast Michigan. Hack Dearborn will be hosted at the University of Michigan Dearborn by the Google Developer Student Club chapter at the University. Hack Dearborn aims to provide students with a creative space to solve problems and create real-world solutions using technology.


There will be teams of four creating a project in 24 hours to be judged. Hackathon Projects can be something as simple as a small program to websites to complex software. Keep in mind we are beginner-friendly meaning we will have workshops and prizes just for beginners. There are raffles and prizes for winning teams (more about prizes can be found on the website Judges and technical mentors will be from sponsor companies.

Get started

  • Build a team of amazing hackers
    • Don't have a team? No problem, we will help you build one before the event starts
  • Register for the event at Make sure all your teammates have registered for the event.
  • Think about what track (Automotive Future, Education, Financial Inclusion, or Health and Wellness) you want your hack to be about.
  • Check out our awesome prizes!
  • Get ready for the Hackathon!



Saturday - 21st October 2023

Time Event

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Event Set Up

10 AM

Hacker Check-In Begins; 

10 AM - 11:15 AM

Sponsor Fair + Headshots

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Opening Ceremony

12:00 PM -12:45 PM

Hacking Starts! (can brainstorm over lunch)


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Technical Mentors Tables 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Workshop 1 + Workshop 2

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brazillian Jiu Jitsu - Vision BJJ

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Workshop 3 + Workshop 4

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

MLH Challenge

11:00 PM

Doors Lock (for security reasons)


Sunday - 22nd October 2023





12:00 AM

Midnight Snack + Fun Activity

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Pitching 101 Workshop

12:00 PM

End of Hacking Hard Deadline

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Table / Demo/ Presentation Set-up

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Fun Activity

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Closing Ceremony!



What to Build

Pour out all your immagiantion and creativity into building the most innovative project you can imagine. It can fall under any one of the following tracks:

  • Education
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Automotive Future
  • Health and Wellness

What to Submit

The following are final deliverables:

  • Project description along with the source code and executables (as per the requirement)
  • A slideshow presentation explaining the project idea, its working and the key takeaways
  • Live demonstration/presentation (to be given in-person after the event ends)

Hackathon Sponsors


$6,390 in prizes

1st Place

iPad 64GB (10th gen)

2nd Place

Nintendo Switch

3rd Place

Dell 27 inch Curved Gaming Monitor

Ed - Tech Track Winner

Kindle 11th Gen E-Reader + Amazon Giftcard

Health Track Winner

Garmin Forerunner 45S Smartwatch

Automotive Track Winner

XPRIT 8.5'' All Terrain Off-Road Electric Hoverboard

Finance Track Winner

Marshall Bluetooth Speaker

Best Beginner Hack

Amazon Gift Card

Best Use of Google Cloud

Google Cloud 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: Learn more about the tools and opportunities with Google Cloud by joining the Google Cloud Student Innovators program - Winners will receive a Google Cloud branded backpack!

Be sure to redeem your Google Cloud Credits as soon as possible through the Google Cloud Credit Form. Use the promo code in your pre-event email to access the form!

Best Use of MongoDB Atlas

M5GO IoT Starter Kit
MongoDB Atlas takes the leading modern database and makes it accessible in the cloud! Get started with a $50 credit for students or sign up for the Atlas free forever tier (no credit card required). Along with a suite of services and functionalities, you'll have everything you need to manage all of your data, and you can get a headstart with free resources from MongoDB University! Build a hack using MongoDB Atlas for a chance to win a M5GO IoT Starter Kit for you and each member of your team.

Best Use of MATLAB

Wireless YoYo Speaker
MATLAB and Simulink are computational tools used at over 100,000 businesses, government and university sites in over 190 countries. Use MATLAB and/or Simulink exclusively or integrate them into another tool for your next hack to win an exclusive MathWorks branded Wireless YoYo Speaker! You can also claim a free MATLAB software license to get started.

Best Use of Hedera

Compact Mechanical Keyboard
Hedera is a next generation blockchain technology that’s accessible from familiar programming languages like Java and JavaScript. Their goal? To make Web3 development even more accessible to hackers like you! Build a project on Hedera's test network for a chance to win amazing Compact Mechanical Keyboards for you and your team!

Build a decentralized application on Hedera using our JavaScript SDK.
Build applications that never sleep using EVM compatible smart contract service.
Say goodbye to cumbersome databases and hello to seamless scalability of Hedera Consensus Service. With no need for writing your own APIs your data is securely stored and easily retrieved.

Best Use of Circle

Circle Branded Hardware Wallet
With Circle, you can embed secure wallets into your app in just minutes. Circle Web3 wallets are compatible with multiple blockchains and are supported by over a dozen programming language SDKs. Circle’s programmable wallets will enable you to add secure transactions to your hackathon project using RESTful APIs, with options for both user and developer controlled transactions. If your hackathon idea involves in-app purchases, user to user payments, app to user payments, or all of the above, integrating Circle programmable wallets to your Web2 or Web3 tech-stack may be the perfect solution.

Sign up for a developer account and start using Circle’s APIs today, for a chance to win a Circle Branded Hardware Wallet for you and each of your teammates!

Best .Tech Domain Name

Blue Snowball Microphone & a Free .Tech Domain Name for Life!
Make your Team's Achievements timeless: Win a .Tech Domain Name for Life to Showcase and Expand Your Project, Plus 4 Blue Snowball Mics for Effortless Collaboration on Zoom, empowering you to build even more cool things together!

Yazaki Challenge Statement Prize

Winning prize for the Yazaki Problem Statement.

ZF Challenge Statement Prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Steve Karim

Steve Karim
Lead Developer - Epitec

Jeffrey Malotke

Jeffrey Malotke
Sr Engineer - Yazaki

Preet Gill

Preet Gill
Head of Strategy, Performance and Transformation - ZF Group

Brian Malooley

Brian Malooley
Manager - Little Caesars

Steve Brennan

Steve Brennan
VP - Carhartt

Andrew Whydell

Andrew Whydell
VP - ZF Group

Vinay N D Krishnamurthy

Vinay N D Krishnamurthy
Senior Software Engineer - Bosch

Rajendra Prasad Bandi

Rajendra Prasad Bandi

Beth Bond

Beth Bond
Chief of Staff - Bosch

Jawad Mroueh

Jawad Mroueh
Manager - ZF Group

Hallie Pape

Hallie Pape
Systems Engineer - Bosch

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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