MCIT Online Student Association (MOSA) is excited to organize this Hackathon and hopes that students find this as an opportunity to build a portfolio project, level up Github skills, get to know your fellow Online MCITers better, and have fun! An expert panel of judges including industry and academic professionals will evaluate completed submissions and choose a winner. A winner will also be chosen through popular vote by fellow Online MCITers. 


Update 1/24/20: A huge CONGRATULATIONS to all participants and to our winners.

  • 1st Place: Voice by Wei Chen & Anshuman Jain
  • 2nd Place: FAQBot by Jennifer Macklin
  • 3rd Place: Concourse by Isaac Longkutoy
  • Best Java Console Project: Weather Reminder by Guang Yang, Joshua Chopra, & Xiaoya Huang
  • People’s Choice (TIE): MCIT Portal by Kelvin Cheung & Jorge Camilo Wu Zhang
  • People’s Choice (TIE): Voice by Wei Chen & Anshuman Jain
Additionally –
To ALL members of MOSA: we kindly request your feedback in this short survey! For those who did not submit a project, we want to hear from you too! This feedback will help MOSA bring you the best hackathons possible. 


We encourage completion of a project over perfection! All the students who submit a project will receive a prize!!

You may use the slack channel (#mosa-hackathon-event), to introduce yourself, look for a team, meet other participants, ask questions and create some buzz

If you haven't already, please register using this form!

Begins 9:00 am EST on January 4, 2020, and ends on January 12, 2020


Saturday, January 4th, 2020 
  • 09:00 am: Hackathon starts, Kickoff Event
  • Kickoff Event slides here and Kickoff Event recording here 
Friday, January 10th, 2020 - DevPost (this platform) opens
  • 11:59 pm: Project proposals due* 
Sunday, January 12th, 2020
  • 06:00 pm: Live Showcase: recording here 
  • 11:45 pm: Submission Deadline
Monday, January 20th, 2020
  • 06:00 pm: Winners will be announced!
The submitted projects will be open for public voting between January 13th and January 20th

Note: All times are in EST timezone.


Curious how best to structure your project proposal?
We recommend that you clearly address the following major points: the who, what, how, and why of your project. However you choose to do so is up to you!

  • Who is contributing to this project?
  • What is your concept – give us your elevator pitch!
  • How will your concept be implemented – what language will you use, etc.?
  • Why is this concept interesting, or what needs does it address?


This hackathon is open to the University of Pennsylvania - MCIT Online Student Association (MOSA) members only. 



  1. All members of the team have registered on DevPost and are added to the project submission.
  2. All submissions must have their repo on Github (the entire commit history must be present)

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$240 in prizes

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Best Java Console Project

People's Choice (2)

Participation (16)

All students who submit a project on or before Jan 12th, 11.45 PM, Eastern Time will receive a Udemy Gift Certificate to register for a course of their choice

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Arvind Bhusnurmath

Arvind Bhusnurmath
Senior Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania

Sampath Kannan

Sampath Kannan
Henry Salvatori Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Jan Schulte

Jan Schulte
Solutions Engineer, Travis CI

Judging Criteria

  • Proposal
    Submitting a proposal on time. Share what you would like to accomplish with your team in this project and how will it contribute to the greater good. Drifted from the proposal? Submit a final reflection to justify design changes. (5 points)
  • Technical Difficulty
    How technically impressive was the project? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"? (5 points)
  • Creativity
    Is the project creative, new and innovative? Is it something we already know or is the idea disruptive? (5 points)
  • Presentation/Usability
    How is the design and user experience of the project? Is it easy to understand and use? Is it intuitive? (5 points)
  • Usefulness/Relevance
    Is this a product that people will use in their daily lives or in the context it is intended? Will it make lives better? (5 points)

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