BoilerMake 2014 can be found here:

BoilerMake is a 36­hour hackathon ­ an event in which computer programmers collaborate intensively on software projects ­ bringing together 400 students from 10 or more colleges and universities across the Midwest. Hosted in the Stewart Center, BoilerMake will give students the opportunity to develop the hardware and software ideas of their dreams. Employees from sponsoring companies will act as mentors during the event; giving participants the opportunity to brainstorm and troubleshoot with mentors from prominent technology companies. After 36 hours of development the BoilerMake Expo begins. During the expo students showcase their projects, apps, and products to the public, media, and Purdue.


BoilerMake is open to all current undergraduate, graduate, and high school students, including freshmen! You don't have to attend Purdue University; you don't have to be a computer science major or even an engineering student, though it's best if you have some coding experience. You aren't required to have ever attended a hackathon before: we will have tech talks beforehand so you can ramp up quickly. You can come with a team, come by yourself and hack alone, or come alone and we'll help you find teammates..


Submit a hack.

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,000 in prizes

Best Overall Hack - Interactive Intelligence

+300 MLH Points

Wait, how'd you do that? - Namecheap

0.5 BTC

Crash Diagram Tool - Clarity Partners, LLC

Pebble Smartwatches

Best Use of Image Recognition - General Electric

Pebble Smartwatches

Best Use of MongoDB - MongoDB

MongoDB Swag

Best Use of Mashery API - Mashery

Intel Galileo Dev Boards

Best Use of Intel XDK - Intel

Samsung Galaxy Tablets

Best Use of Data to Personalize App Experience - dunnhumby


Best Use of Bloomberg API - Bloomberg

Leap Motions

Best use of AllJoyn, Gimbal, or Vuforia - Qualcomm

Snapdragon Dev Boards

Best Hack to Save Money and Live Better - Walmart

$100 Walmart gift cards per person

Best iOS App - Apple

iPad Minis

Best Use of SendGrid API - SendGrid

Leap Motions

Best Big Data Hack - Booz Allen Hamilton


Best use of Apigee - Apigee

$500 per team member, up to $2000

Best Use of Twilio API - Twilio

Retro Game Console

The Hack That Most Benefits the State of Indiana - The Speakeasy

Speakeasy Memberships

Most Commercially Viable Hack - The Boiler, Purdue's Mini Accelerator Challenge

For Purdue students, automatic entrance into the accelerator! (at least $500 if you participate)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Kirby Kohlmorgen

Kirby Kohlmorgen
Assistant to the Regional Manager

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
  • Polish
  • Creativity
  • Usefulness
  • Structure Integrity

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