ProfHacks 2019

March 9th-10th


Smart Space

This year’s theme is Smart Space, which aims to design systems and use technology to connect the Earth with our solar system at large. It’s time to think of large scale design and how each of their subsystems interact. From gathering environmental data from satellites to image recognition and flight analytics, Smart Space allows you to design systems on a massive scale. You can go to Mars and beyond or bring it back down to Earth! This year with a wider focus, projects can go to infinity and beyond!


The Best Hack for Social Good

Major cities across the US and the world have been devastated by hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. We know the road to recovery is long and people are facing significant challenges as they work to recover from these historic weather events. Our help is clearly needed now and will be needed in the future when another disaster strikes.

Think about how technology can be used to aid cities impacted by natural disasters with relief and recovery. You can build off of one of the existing ideas already in the disaster relief technology landscape or come up with new ideas that address gaps in this space.

The .tech Challenge

Programmers at ProfHacks 2019 can get a FREE .tech domain and 1 team will stand the chance to win the .tech Category Prize - $150 Amazon Voucher! All you need to do is feature your cool hackathon project on your free .tech domain name. For more information, click here

About Us

ProfHacks IV

Rowan University’s student branch of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is hosting its fourth hackathon! Located in Glassboro, New Jersey and just half an hour away from Philadelphia, Rowan University is proud to host this event and welcomes anyone, from first-timers to full-stack devs. If you have a cool technology idea that you want to make happen, this event is for you!


ProfHacks will be located in Engineering Hall at 600 North Campus Drive, Glassboro, NJ 08028.


Saturday March 9th
10:00 AM - 11:00 AMCheck-In
11:00 AMOpening Ceremony
12:00 PMLunch and Begin Hacking
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMTeam Building
1:00 PMMLH Hardware Lab Opens
1:30 PM - 2:30 PMWhat is a Hackathon?
2:30 PM - 3:00 PMWhat is Smart Space?
3:00 PM - 3:30 PMHackathon Survival Guide
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMIntro to Arduino - Ed Dougherty
5:00 PM - 6:00 PMRAS Drone Racing
6:00 PMDinner
7:00 PM - 8:00 PMWebtime with John
8:30 PM - 9:15 PMMLH Slideshow Karaoke
9:30 PM - 10:30 PMIEEE Workshop
10:30 PM - 11:30 PMPlanetarium Show - "To Space and Back"

Sunday, March 10th
12:00 AMMidnight Trivia and Cookies
3:00 AMLate Night Snack
8:00 AMBreakfast
11:30 PMDevPost Submissions Due
12:00 PMHacking Ends
12:00 PMLunch
12:45 PMHackers Set Up for Science Fair Judging
1:00 PMScience Fair Judging
2:45 PMMove to Pfleeger
3:45 PMTop 5 Present
4:30 PMClosing Ceremony


Who can attend?

Any high school, undergraduate, and graduate students are welcome to attend.

Do I need programming or hardware experience to compete?

Of course not! We encourage all to participate. We will also have workshops and mentors to help everyone who attends.

How will applicants be reviewed?

Applications will be reviewed by the ProfHacks committee and selected participants will be notified via email. Rowan students are guaranteed acceptance to this event, but will still need to apply.

How much is this going to cost me?

Profhacks is completely free! Food, drinks, and awesome swag are completely free of charge!

Where should I park?

You can park in Parking Lot D, right next to the engineering building.

What about team sizes?

The maximum number of people a team can have is four. Though encouraged, having a team beforehand is not necessary. If you want to form a team at ProfHacks, there will be a fun mixer beforehand to help you meet potential team members.

What should I bring?

You should bring some form of identification (driver's license, school ID card, etc.), laptops, phones, chargers, and sleeping gear.

What shouldn't I bring?

Tools such as power drills, Dremel drills, soldering irons, and the like are prohibited. Articles such as weapons and alcohol are also prohibited. Any competitor found to be in possession of these articles will be disqualified from the competition.

Do we have travel reimbursement?

Unfortunately, we will not be offering travel reimbursement.


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ProfHacks Cares

New this year with ProfHacks, we are giving back to the community with our hackathon. The ProfHacks Cares initiative aims to feed hungry college students on Rowan University’s campus. In the past year, Rowan University has started a food pantry for students, called the SHOP (Students Helping Other Profs). Students who are financially unable to feed themselves and can’t afford personal care items can come to the SHOP, for confidential and free support services.

At ProfHacks 2019, we will be gathering non-perishable food items, school supplies, toiletries and personal care items for the SHOP. The team who donates the most items for the ProfHacks Cares initiative will receive special ProfHacks Cares merchandise. In all of our endeavors and experiences, we can’t forget about those who are less fortunate - you never know how a small act can change someone’s life. Helping our neighbors for the sake of humanity truly is why ProfHacks cares.

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Engineering Hall
600 North Campus Drive
Glassboro, NJ 08028