Ready to kickstart your career in tech? Join us for ShellHacks, Florida's Largest Hackathon! 1,500+ students from around the world will come together to learn the latest technologies, develop innovative solutions, network with top companies, and more! Explore the world of technology through our workshop tracks. Work together with fellow students and mentors to build exciting projects. Meet recruiters and land internships and job opportunities. Win amazing prizes, get tons of cool swag, and more - all at ShellHacks!

Please refer to the ShellHacks 2023 Hacker Guide linked in your Dashboard for more information

Hackathon Sponsors


$21,760 in prizes
Cryptocurrency logo Prizes paid in cryptocurrency

Best Overall

Each team gets priority to choose which 4 they want based on win ranking (1st place gets to pick either 4 switches, 4 iPads, etc.)

4 Nintendo switches, 4 iPad airs, 4 AirPods 3rd gen

Second Place Overall

Each team gets priority to choose which 4 they want based on win ranking (1st place gets to pick either 4 switches, 4 iPads, etc.) 4 Nintendo switches, 4 iPad airs, 4 AirPods 3rd gen

Third Place Overall

Each team gets priority to choose which 4 they want based on win ranking (1st place gets to pick either 4 switches, 4 iPads, etc.) 4 Nintendo switches, 4 iPad airs, 4 AirPods 3rd gen

Best First Time Hacker

Apple Watch SE's for everyone on the team. Only if everyone on the team has never submitted a project at ShellHacks before.

LexisNexis/HPCC Systems

**Find Your Paradise**

Have you ever thought about building an application that can help people find places to live that maximize their quality of life and happiness?

The goal of this challenge is to analyze numerous datasets across different categories and make correlations with the data, using the HPCC Systems platform. After analyzing, the participants will be asked to design an interface to query this data and assign it a scoring system, then deliver it to the user via ROXIE and show the user where they should most likely want to live.

A Deluxe HPCC Systems Prize Pack, including a Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker

Waymo (2)

Waymo’s mission is to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. With this mission in mind, we challenge you to use the Google Maps Platform, and create a hack that improves transportation. The possibilities are endless: the Platform includes APIs for directions, 360º Street View, Aerial View, elevation data, time zones, and much, much more. Whether you’re building an app to help students carpool to campus, or creating a social network to share and review the best cafes for studying, it’s all possible with the Google Maps Platform. Get started at:

1st: Waymo Portable Charger & Back Pack

2nd: Waymo Nalgene Bottle

Assurant (3)

**The Assurant Way Challenge: Our purpose**

The Connected World is the state of existence where everything is becoming increasingly digitized and globalized. This means workplaces, healthcare, transportation, schools, personal devices, and home fixtures are increasingly interconnected. As a result, the world is becoming rich with digital assets (e.g. data, APIs, statistics, imagery, etc.). We believe there is great opportunity to enrich the human experience based on interconnecting objects in the Connected World using logic and cool technology. We are challenging you to use your innovative spirit and your technological expertise to help integrate the human experience with the digital experience.

Your mission is to help people thrive by making the Connected World easier to live in and more enjoyable to experience.

Set of Assurant Swag with a letter of open invitation for lunch with a Leader of your choice.

Google (3)

**Google ShellHacks 2023: Empowering Learners with Technology**

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. With that mission in mind, implement any educational tool that helps organize information about a topic of your choice, making it accessible and useful to any specific demographic. This can be a website, an app, an API, or a medium of your choice that educates people on a topic.

First Place Winners: Nest Hub Max

Second Place Winners: Nest Audio Speakers

Third Place Winners: Google Nest Minis

(All 1st, Second and Third): Specialty SWAG Items

Statefarm (3)

**Making Insurance Easy**

Hey college students! Want to change how insurance works? Join State Farm's App Hackathon. We're looking for your cool ideas to make insurance easier. Imagine making insurance claims simple or getting tips on your phone or desktop to stay safe. Your job is to create a mobile or web app that makes insurance simple and helpful for students like you. Be part of reinventing insurance for young people. Your app could make a big difference. Let's make insurance easy and smart together with State Farm!

1st place Apple iPad (9th Generation)

2nd and 3rd place will get exclusive swag and straight to interview for our 2024 Internship Program.

BitStop (3)
Cryptocurrency logo

**Bitcoin Accessibility: Best Utilization of Bitcoin for Mainstream Inclusivity**

Your task is to harness the essence of Bitcoin and make it accessible, relatable, and usable for the everyday person. Think of applications or platforms that can seamlessly integrate Bitcoin into daily life, dispelling myths, and fostering adoption. Whether it's a user-friendly wallet, an educational game, a transactional interface, or a whole new concept, your mission is to make Bitcoin as commonplace as using a debit card.

1st Place Winners

$250 (in BTC) open dime, Ledger, Bitstop Swag

2nd Place Winners

$100 (in BTC) open dime, Bitstop Swag

3rd Place Winners

Bitstop Swag

Microsoft Mixed Reality (3)

**Mixed Reality Challenge**

Use mixed reality to build something you wish you would have learned in high school.

Microsoft Swag and Marlins Tickets

Microsoft AI Challenge (3)

**Microsoft's AI Challenge**

Best integration of generative ai in your project.

Microsoft Swag and Marlins Tickets

Toren AI (3)

**AI Npc with Visual/Sound Awareness**

1. Add or control an NPC in a game of your choice using mods or APIs. Make the character respond to the game world, your webcam, and voice.

2. AI assisted Scene Description timeline UI. Given a sample of Toren AI data of a city street scene, can you make a visual timeline interface that describes the state of the scene and changes in it. In other words, can you show things visually like the day/night cycle, whether the scene is busy or sparsely populated, and indicated when changes to the scene occur. Our AI already has provided scene descriptions of the frames, we are looking for a solution of visualizing it.

3. Create a fast object detector that can run on full motion video 30fps+ that can detect arbitray objects, not classes or particular things it has been trained on. Some places worth researching are related to Masked Autoencoders, checkout out the PySlowFast library from Meta. In other words, we are more interested in the presence of objects and the position and motion, rather than their classification. You can use any existing research project, github, huggingface model as long as it is open source.

Option of:

Raspberry Pi 4

Toren Swag Bag

Interview with Toren

Capital One (2)

**How will you reimagine banking?**

This will be an opportunity for participating hackers to use their creativity on how they can positively influence the banking industry. The industry has already has already welcomed technological advances with Cyber Security, Machine Learning, Data Analytics and Software Engineering. The door is open for more ideas!

Xbox Series S Holiday 2022 Bundle

Vanguard (3)

We challenge you to create a hack that takes a stand and contributes to a better financial future for those in underrepresented minority communities! Utilize Angular, React, Node.js, any AWS services, Java, and/or Python to develop your hack.
Potential Ideas (think outside the box, you don't need to use these):
Budgeting tool for first-generation college students with financial aid and loans
Increasing U.S. financial literacy for immigrants (developing credit, applying for loans, etc)
Using AI/ML to find the best credit cards for your needs


**Schonfeld Sustainability Challenge**

Help us visualize our stock picks through the lens of sustainability - we'd like to create a database/platform through which our investment teams can view the overall sustainability of companies on the S&P 500. How you do this is up to you, but we want to see creativity- particularly in how you develop your sustainability scales, what factors you see as important in contributing to an overall "score", and how you present your findings.



**AI-Powered Media Highlights for Social Sharing Challenge**

Unleash the potential of artificial intelligence to automatically identify and extract the standout moments from any media content. Participants are tasked with developing a tool that not only captures these highlights, but also optimizes them for seamless sharing across social media platforms. Dive into the future of content promotion and showcase the power of AI in enhancing social media engagement.

2 Flipper Zero's

Break Through Tech: Scrape for Internships!

Are you ready for a tech-powered adventure with Break Through Tech? We've got a fun challenge for you!

Imagine you're a freshman eager to kickstart your tech career. We have two puzzles to solve: finding local companies willing to host interns and identifying the right person to approach. We're already using LinkedIn and, but we want your creative genius to build a web scraping tool that'll uncover even more South Florida employers.

Ready to help our students shine in the industry? Let's do this!
The winning team gets some awesome tech-swag and exclusive Break Through Tech goodies!

Best Use of Soroban

Prize: Anker 337 Power Bank

Soroban is an open-source Rust-based developer-friendly smart contracts platform built for scalability. It is interoperable with the layer-1 Stellar blockchain and benefits from the network’s existing global reach and access. With Soroban, developers have the freedom to create applications as borderless as the internet.
Learning how to build Decentralized Applications (DAPPs) using Soroban is easy and fun. Simply follow along with the DAPPs on Soroban challenge by forking either of the Crowdfund or Payment repositories, and make the project your own with personalized customizations! The challenge link even has some simple walk-throughs available to help you get started.

Remember to customize your DAPP using Soroban this weekend for a chance to win an Anker 337 Power Bank for you and each of your teammates!

Most Creative Use of GitHub

Prize: GitHub Octocat Puzzle & Sticker Pack

GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Most Creative Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!

Best Use of Taipy

Prize: JBL Wireless Headphones

Taipy is a powerful yet easy to use open-source Python library for creating full stack web applications! If you’re a Python developer, this library enables you to build interactive and dynamic graphical user interfaces and support them with data-driven backends. All of these functionalities are just a pip install taipy away and can cut your development time in half! Use Taipy in your hackathon project for a chance to win a set of JBL Wireless Headphones for you and each of your team members, as well as a chance to have your project featured on the Taipy website!

Best Domain Name from GoDaddy Registry

Prize: Hack from Home kit

GoDaddy Registry is giving you everything you need to be the best hacker no matter where you are. Register your domain name with GoDaddy Registry for a chance to win a Hack from Home Kit! Each Kit contains wireless earbuds, blue light glasses, selfie ring light and a pouch for easy transport.

Promo Code: MLHSHL92

Best Use of Hedera

Prize: Glorious Modular 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 Glorious Modular 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 Auth0

Prize: Exclusive Auth0 Swag made for MLH

Auth0 wants your applications to be secure! Why spend hours building features like social sign-in, Multi-Factor Authentication, and passwordless log-in when you can enable them through Auth0 straight out of the box? Auth0 is free to try, doesn’t require a credit card, and allows for up to 7,000 free active users and unlimited log-ins. Make your new account today and use any of the Auth0 APIs for a chance to win some exclusive swag, including an Auth0 branded Rocketbook and Rubik's Cube!

Best Use of MATLAB

Prize: 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.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


ShellHacks 2023

ShellHacks 2023

Leon Kipkoech

Leon Kipkoech

May Marquez

May Marquez

Angel Piscola

Angel Piscola

Showndarya Madhavan

Showndarya Madhavan

Noah Garica

Noah Garica

Paul Leiva

Paul Leiva

Israel Pina

Israel Pina

Judging Criteria

  • Completion
  • Originality
  • Learning
  • Design
  • Technology

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