Welcome to PantherHack, Princeton Day School's second hackathon and a Major League Hacking member event. PantherHack will be virtual, taking place from 10:30 AM on May 21 to 1:30 PM on May 22, and all high school students can participate! During the hackathon, there will be various workshops, fun activities, and sweet prizes. Learn more and register at pantherhack.tech. Also make sure to join our Discord!

Additionally, all attendees of PantherHack will receive our participation prizes:

Free Wolfram 30 day plan

Free Digital Ocean 60 day plan

Free Taskade 5 year plan

Free Balsamiq 90 day plan


Along with your Devpost submission, you must include a 5 minute or less Youtube video, and a GitHub repository of your code. You may not submit a project you have worked on outside the 24 hour hacking period.

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$23,010 in prizes

Overall 1st Place Hack

Nintendo Switch OR Xbox Series S Console
(Winners may opt to receive an Amazon gift card of the equivalent amount instead)

Overall 2nd Place Hack

Yasola GPS Drone with Camera
(Winners may opt to receive an Amazon gift card of the equivalent amount instead)

Overall 3rd Place Hack

HyperX Cloud II Red Gaming Gear Headset

Best Data Visualization Hack

1 Year Wolfram|One Personal Edition
1 Year Wolfram|Alpha Pro Subscription

Best Education Hack

Full Interview Cake Prep Course

Best Social Good Hack


Best Web Hack

Free 1Password 1 year premium plan
$120 Sashido Credits

Best Cloud Hack

$2000 Digital Ocean Credits

Best Beginner Hack

Taskade Lifetime unlimited plan
(To be eligible, all members of your team must be beginners. Block-coded projects will be accepted (using Scratch, code.org App Lab, etc)

Best AR Hack

Free 3 Month Echo3D Business Subscription

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Most Creative Use of GitHub

GitHub Octocat Statue, Plushy & Sticker bundle

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!

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Get started with $50 in free credit!

Best Use of DeSo

$100 worth of $DESO coin & an exclusive DeSo Tumbler

DeSo is the official Web3 sponsor of the MLH Hackathon League and the first Layer 1 blockchain custom-built for decentralized social media applications. While a blockchain like Avalanche costs $0.50+ to store just a 200-character post, the DeSo blockchain is built with custom indexing and storage optimizations which make it 10,000X cheaper to store social content on-chain! In order to qualify for the contest, you must launch an app that writes to the DeSo blockchain and implements DeSo identity. While social media apps are a great fit for DeSo, you can also build financial apps, marketplaces, and more on the DeSo blockchain. For inspiration on project ideas, you can check out some of the existing 200+ apps already live on DeSo at Bithunt.com as well as our DeSo APIs. The Best Use of DeSo gets $100 worth of $DESO coin & an exclusive DeSo branded tumbler!

Best Web Monetization Project

Portable Charger, Coil Pin & $60 Coil Credit
Coil is all about providing better ways to access and reward the creators, publishers and platforms that you love. Coil members get to view web monetized sites while streaming micropayments directly to the website owner, or in this case, you! In turn, you can react to payments in real time by displaying a thank you message, unlocking bonus content, features and so much more! Build a web monetized hack using Coil for a chance to win an Anker Quick Charge Portable Charger, Coil pin and $60 Coil credit redemption card!

Best Use of MATLAB

MathWorks Swag Bag
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 some exclusive MathWorks swag including a MathWorks branded cinch bag, pair of socks, baseball cap, stylus pen & deck of cards! You can also claim a free MATLAB software license to get started.

Honorable Mention (4)

1 Year Wolfram|One Personal Edition
1 Year Wolfram|Alpha Pro Subscription
(up to 4 teams may be awarded an honorable mention)

Best Hardware hack

2 Year Voiceflow Premium Plan

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Theodor Brasoveanu

Theodor Brasoveanu
PDS CS Teacher

Priti Matta

Priti Matta
PDS CS Teacher

Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck
PDS CS Teacher

Jeffrey Kurtz '98

Jeffrey Kurtz '98
PDS Alum, Google

Rohit Jenveja '03

Rohit Jenveja '03
PDS Alum, Google

Jon Ostendorf

Jon Ostendorf
PDS Head of IT

Roshell H. Gordon

Roshell H. Gordon
Mathematics & CS Teacher - Franklin High School

Mr. Manikandan Padmanabhan

Mr. Manikandan Padmanabhan
Head Talent Acquisition & Client Relations at eSystems

Chris Baudouin, Jr.

Chris Baudouin, Jr.

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    How creative is this project? Does it replicate something already done before or is it unique?
  • Functionality
    Does this project work smoothly? Is it aesthetically pleasing?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Was this project challenging to create? What did you have to learn in order to create this project?
  • Presentation
    Was this project presented in a comprehensible manner? Was the presentation under 5 minutes?
  • Submission
    Was this project submitted on time and with all the necessary features? Did it include a YouTube video and GitHub link?

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