Hack uncommon. Think uncommon. Be uncommon.

Uncommon Hacks is an event inspiring students across the country <and world> to celebrate technology by being a part of it in uncommon ways. Come discover and expand the limits of your creativity while innovating, designing, and exploring. In other words, it’ll be the most exciting and anticipated experience under the title of "hackathon" you will ever be a part of. COME THRU!

The event will be held at the Polsky Exchange January 14-15 2017. Spend 30 hours hacking while embracing the bizarre, meeting dope companies, attending ridiculous events, and most importantly, making an unforgettable memory xD.

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You have had to been accepted to attend Uncommon Hacks through the application process.


  1. Create an account on Devpost
  2. Assign all teammates to a draft submission
  4. Get your final product together. if desired, have screenshots or video demos uploaded and ready to go
  5. Submit that thing. Don't look back. Have no regrets.
  6. Watch top 10 submissions present and demo.
  7. Wait around and find out the 1 #TRU winner of Uncommon Hacks 2017 <3 <3 <3 


Ben Sussman

Ben Sussman
Engineering Manager / Site Lead, Google Chicago

George Savvas

George Savvas
Technical Product Manager, Groupon

Diana Franklin

Diana Franklin
Senior Research Associate + Lecturer, University of Chicago Computer Science Department / Director of Computer Science Education Research, Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education

Jen Myers

Jen Myers
Director of Open Source Curriculum, Plural Sight

Andrew Annacone

Andrew Annacone
Managing Director, TechNexus Venture Collaborative

Fred Hoch

Fred Hoch
CEO, Illinois Technology Association (ITA) / Founder and General Partner, TechNexus Venture Collaborative

Judging Criteria

  • Top 10 Projects Judging
    Our judges will use HackMIT's judging system, Gavel, to judge the top 10 projects. Please read to learn more: http://www.anishathalye.com/2016/09/19/gavel-an-expo-judging-system/.
  • Sponsored Prizes Judging
    Sponsored prizes will be judged by the company sponsoring.
  • Themed Prizes Judging
    All themed prizes will be judged by our wonderful panel of judges for that specific prize.