tribeHacks IV is William & Mary's fifth annual hackathon: a 36 hour hardware and software competition held proudly in Swem Library. Check out our event schedule on our website


Teams should be made up exclusively of students (or recent graduates within one year of having graduated) who are not organizers, judges, sponsors, or in any other privileged position at the event. Teams should have a maximum of 4 students. 


All projects should be submitted by 6 am on Sunday, March 25th. Submissions should include a description of the project, and must include the project's source code. Hardware projects should include images of the hack. 

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$2,250 in prizes

Grand Prize

The prize for the top competing team.

First Runner-Up

The prize for the second place project.

Second Runner-Up

The prize for the third place team.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Robert Michael Lewis

Robert Michael Lewis
Chair and Associate Professor of Computer Science at William & Mary

Peter Kemper

Peter Kemper
Associate Professor of Computer Science at William & Mary

Robert Huey-Plewinski

Robert Huey-Plewinski
Principal Software Engineer at ManTech

Judging Criteria

  • Entrepreneurship
    The project's potential beyond the hackathon: does this project have commercial viability? Projects with the greatest entrepreneurship are not necessarily the projects with the highest potential profitability, but that satisfy consumer needs.
  • Ingenuity
    This incorporates creativity and originality. Projects with high ingenuity should be unique, and solve a problem in a novel and effective way.
  • Completeness
    How much did the team do with their time? Projects that score highly should be polished and fully functional.
  • Presentation Quality
    Was the presentation thorough and convincing? Well presented projects are compelling and have complete and rehearsed presentations.
  • Complexity
    Was the project of a high technical difficulty? High scoring teams are ambitious in their undertakings.
  • Judges' Impressions
    Did the project stand out to you? What was your overall impression?

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