HackVT will be held in Winooski, Vermont at the Champlain Mill. Teams may arrive at 3pm to set up and start coding, and we'll kick the event off at 6pm for 24 hours of hacking and creative thinking. There is $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs! Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, as well as a special prize for the best student team!

Friday, October 11th      

  •   3:00 pm                     Registration Opens
  •   6:00 pm                     Opening Remarks
  •   6:30 pm                     Dinner provided by BlueBird BBQ
  •   9:00 pm                     Localvore Energy Booth Open  
  • 10:00 pm                     Smoothie Challenge sponsored by Boloco
  • 12:00 am                     Midnight Snacks provided by Boloco     

Saturday, October 12th

  • 4:00 am                          Quick Fire Challenge
  •   6:30 am                        Breakfast provided by Sneakers
  •   9:00 am                        Quick Fire Challenge
  • 12:00 pm                        Lunch provided by Leonardo’s
  • 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm     Sign up to demo at registration desk
  •   3:15 pm                        Presentations start (3 minutes each)
  • 4:30pm-6:30pm          Fairpoint’s Finish Line Frenzy Cocktail Reception
  •   5:15 pm                        Judges Deliberate
  •   6:15 pm                        Closing Remarks and Raffle Prizes
  •   6:30 pm                       Winners Announced and Prizes Awarded  


  1. Teams will be provided with a list of open data sets of which they must use at least ONE. You may also choose to use additional data sets, APIs, plugins or scripts of your own.
  2. Teams may have between one and five members.
  3. All entries must be your original work and developed AT the hackathon.

Read the full Terms & Conditions.
Questions about the rules? Email us.


  • Execution of VT Theme - Does the app's content or intended audience pertain to Vermont in some special way? How well does the app express the Vermont theme?
  • Innovation - Is the solution a different take on an existing application or is it truly unique? Does the app mash up data or services that you wouldn’t have thought would work together?
  • Ambition - Does the app do one thing or does it have a lot of functionality? Was the idea behind the app creative? What was added to the app to make it special or more useful?
  • User Experience - Does the app's UI look sloppy or is it professional? Is it a compelling user experience? Is the app easy to use? Does the app's workflow make sense? Is it intuitive?
  • Presentation Quality/Impact - Did the team stay within the time limit of their presentation? Was the team able to communicate their idea and translate it to the app they produced?
  • Overall Quality - Does the app work completely from start to finish? Was there anything in the app that wasn't fully implemented (e.g. a link to nowhere or a button with no action)? How many bugs were encountered? Were they severe? Did the team scope their app's features well given the time frame?
  • Other - Extra credit / "Power Boost" opportunities (to be revealed at the event). Demerits for "brought" code.



Meet the 2013 Hackathon Judges

This group of judges represents the wide scope of tech expertise and innovation we have in the state of Vermont. They are excited to take part in the hackathon once again and provide their support – and advice – to another group of hackers. Use the navigation controls below to view all judges.

  • Cairn Cross

    Cairn Cross

    VC @ FreshTracks Capital

    Cairn is a co-founder of FreshTracks Capital and serves as a Managing Director of its two funds. Cross serves on the boards of FreshTracks portfolio companies, Vermont Teddy Bear, and NativeEnergy.

    > Read Full Biography

  • headshot_lowJustin Cutroni

    Analytics Advocate @ Google

    Justin is a consultant, author, and the Analytics Evangelist for Google. In his current role at Google Justin is responsible for user education and global enthusiasm around digital analytics. He publishes the blog Analytics Talk and has authored or co-authored three books.

    > Read Full Biography

  • JudgeRich Nadworny

    Digital Strategist @ Digalicious

    Rich runs the digital strategy and marketing company Digalicious. He is involved in creative economy and educational innovation groups in Vermont and is a frequent commentator on VPR.

    > Read Full Biography

  • Julie Lerman

    Julie Lerman

    VT.NET User Group Leader

    Julie Lerman has been a software developer for nearly 25 years. She is recognized worldwide as an expert in Microsoft technologies.

    > Read Full Biography

  • John Cohn

    John Cohn

    Fellow & Chief Scientist @ IBM

    John Cohn is an IBM Fellow in IBM Corporate Technical Strategy. His current focus is on physical infrastructure for Smarter Cities, open data, machine to machine communications and real time data analytics.

    > Read Full Biography



HackVT Staff

If you are interested in sponsoring HackVT, fill out this form and email it back to us. A special thanks to all our 2013 sponsors for making this event possible.

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