ProfHacks 2020

Hacker Guide

Emergency Information

In case of an emergency, medical or otherwise, please find the nearest volunteer (yellow shirts) or use one of the below emergency numbers. Rowan EMS is on campus and provides faster assistance than 911.

ContactPhone #
Rowan EMS:856-256-4911
Public Safety856-256-4922
Lead Organizer:856-516-5762


Intro to Hackathons and Hardware Hacking 101

What is a Hackathon? What is there to do? How do I win? If this is your first hackathon you’ve probably been trying to find the answers to these questions. In the first part of this workshop, we will cover the basics of what hackathons are and what you do at them, as well as provide information about the resources available to you for the next 24 hours. In the second part of this workshop you will use an arduino to build a small project to get your gears turning. You can take the information and skills you learn and make a winning hackathon project.

Intro to Arduino

Villanova University's Ed Dougherty will introduce Arduino microcontroller programming. Ed will walk you through the basics of Arduino and lay the foundation to build a successful hack. Please come to this workshop with the Arduino IDE installed.

IoT Workshop

IoT devices are everywhere. Have you ever been curious how Internet of Things devices work or wondered what goes on behind the cool casing they are housed in? Learn about internet connected devices, what they are made of, and how they work in this IOT Workshop led by Rowan University’s own Mr. Russell Trafford. At this workshop, you will get valuable hands on experience, and you will even get to make your own IoT device!

Git Gud With Git

Git is one of the most useful tools that you can use for collaborative development. Learn how to keep track of the changes you make, use branches to add features to your projects, pull code from Github, and commit your code to history!

Webtime with John

ProfHacks' very own John McAvoy will walk you through the basics of web development. Within an hour, you can leave with your very own website! Use the skills you learn here, to improve your hack and wow the judges.

Game Dev with Garret

Ever wondered how video games are made? Rowan’s own Garret Williams will give you a jump start into the world of video game development. Learn to create and customize your very own 3D Video Game using the Unity Game Engine. Have fun, learn, and use your skills to make your hack even more interesting!


"Black Holes: The Other Side Of Infinity" Planetarium Show

A dramatic look at these strange objects: where they are, what they're like, what it would look like if you fell into one. A presentation of the facts and theory surrounding the astronomical phenomenon of Black Holes, using the latest in computer-generated imagery. Theories regarding their origin are presented, along with speculation about what lies within and beyond them. Narrated by Liam Neeson.

"Back To The Moon: For Good" Planetarium Show

We’re Finally returning to the moon! This is not science fiction: it’s happening now. Teams from around the world are competing for the Google Lunar X Prize, to be awarded to the first non-governmental organization to land on the Moon, travel 500 meters and send back high-resolution visual proof of the accomplishment. The dome-show, narrated by actor Tim Allen, introduces us to the hundreds of men and women who are involved in this exciting contest. The benefits of exploring and utilizing this new world, the valuable resources waiting to be tapped, and the unsolved mysteries still to be solved will all be portrayed in the powerful immersive visual environment of the Edelman Planetarium theater. We’ll also venture forward in time to view the future history of humans on the Moon. Join us on a voyage to our sister world!

Project Submission Information

Project submission is not currently open.


Judges will be announced soon!

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