What is PatriotHacks?

PatriotHacks is a collegiate hackathon held at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. For 36 hours, students from across the world will be free to enjoy plenty of workshops, activities, and networking events, along with free swag and food all weekend long. PatriotHacks is a space for innovators to play, learn, break, and revolutionize technology, all while building their resume and making memories that will last a lifetime. The event is free, and no experience is required to attend. Join us in our all new makerspace, also known as the MIX (Mason Innovation eXchange)!


For more information, please visit our event website.


All participants must be 18 years of age or older. Participants must currently attend a post-secondary education program or must have graduated from a program within one year or less. Teams of up to four people are allowed.


On submission you may mark up to 3 different tracks for your project. The Byte sized track is reserved for 1st time hackers. 

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$11,550 in prizes

Best Overall

Given to the three prizes that do best to fulfill the overall judging criteria.
First place: $350 check, per team member
Second place: $250 check, per team member
Third place: $100 check, per team member

Hack Data Science

By CoStarGroup.
Open Data Science challenge! CoStarGroup will be looking for the project that demonstrates the best overall project dedicated to data science. From visualization to data mining, and everything in between!

Hack Machine Learning: Contextual Search

Search for textual information that is semantically similar to other texts is a fundamental challenge in information retrieval. Many methods have been applied to convert unstructured text into structured information that can be searched, compared, and classified

Hack Machine Learning: Image Classification

We are living in a golden age of AI, driven by Deep Learning successes built with open-source tools that include a rich array of network topologies, running on GPU-boosted compute, learning from very large corpus of labeled data. The progenitor of this explosion was the ImageNet competition – it revolutionized image detection, recognition, and classification solutions.

Hack Pen Testing

CTF Challenge, see slides for details https://app.slack.com/client/TL2QEFA0G/CKRCMFVJP/thread/CL2QQHJ9K-1571450878.033800

Hack Research Automation

By informed XP.
•Automate user research for a Smart TV or Wireless Speaker company
•Enable your company to do one or more of the following:
1.Automate the research process(ex. A booth or kiosk that pays users to play with a device and captures audio, video feedback)
2.Quickly gather and compile relevant data(ex. Aggregate YouTube videos of customers setting up a wireless speaker for the first time)
3.Analyze large amounts of data to identify pain points and opportunities(ex. Index and analyze customer support calls, help logs, boards, social media, etc.)
•Focus on how automation can save time and money
•Variety of solution formats are welcome - functioning prototype, slideshow, etc

Hack The Battelle Box CTF

By Battelle.
Complete Cyber Security Challenges
○Web Exploitation○Cryptography
○Reverse Engineering
●Hack the Box Style
●Team with the most points by the end of the hackathon wins

Hack MetroStar's Movie Matchmaker

By MetroStar Systems.
Use open-source movie and celebrity data (provided) from the last 10 years
▪Build a prediction model
▪Show us who the top celebrity is

Hack Security

By WhiteOps.
CTF Challenge.

Hack Sustainability

By Sustainable Mason.
Solve one or more of the following problems
○Hydroponic Greenhouse Automation
○Sustainable Energy Plan for Fairfax Campus
○Mason Waste and Energy Dashboard
○Carbon Impact and Offset App

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Aravindan Prabhakaran

Aravindan Prabhakaran

Jay Shukla

Jay Shukla

Mike Kurland

Mike Kurland

Dave Vennergrund

Dave Vennergrund

Judging Criteria

  • Technical
    How difficult was the project?
  • Practicality
    How practical or useful was the project?
  • Originality
    How original was the project?
  • Polish
    How well built was the project?

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