jacobsHack! 2022 is the 8th edition of the first continental European hackathon to be recognized by Major Hacking League. Since its founding, jacobsHack! has aimed to inspire its participants to build, to share, and to learn so that the end result of the hackathon results in a molding of the current status quo. Through teamwork and an amazing community, hackathon seeks to create social value, to seek growth, and to cause the right changes in the times and changing economic conditions.


  1. jacobsHack! is open to all students and those that have graduated from university in the past twelve months.
  2. Teams of 4 members (maximum) can participate. 
  3. No harrassment. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion or political views, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, photography or audio/video recording against reasonable consent, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
  4. Photography is encouraged, but other participants must be given a reasonable chance to opt out from being photographed. If they object to the taking of their photograph, comply with their request. It is inappropriate to take photographs in contexts where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy (in bathrooms or where participants are sleeping).
  5.  Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
  6.  Hacks created at our hackathon are equally subject to the anti-harassment policy.
  7.  Sponsors and partners are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Sponsor representatives (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.
  8.  If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of hackathon staff immediately.
  9.  Hackathon staff will be happy to help participants contact any local security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the hackathon. We value your attendance.
  10.  If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the hackathon organisers may take any action they deem appropriate. This includes warning the offender, expulsion from the hackathon with no refund (if applicable), or reporting their behaviour to local law enforcement.
  11.  In order to participate, you must follow the MLH Code Of Conduct.
  12.  We expect participants to follow these rules at hackathon and workshop venues and hackathon-related social events.

Hackathon Sponsors


1,020 in prizes

Overall Winner

4x IDEA16 Drone with Adjustable Camera 4K for each team member. MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interviews + MLH Winner Pins.

Overall 2nd Winner

4x Echo (4th generation) | Smart speaker with Alexa for each team member. MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interviews + MLH Winner Pins.

Overall 3rd Winner

4x Gaming Keyboard for each team member. MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interviews + MLH Winner Pins.

Best use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Winners located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, Android pillow, journal, socks & lanyards. Winners outside of the US will receive a Google Cloud branded backpack.

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack 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!

Best Hack for Social Good by BlackRock

Now is your chance to put your creativity to the test and build the most socially conscious hack for the greater good. Use technology to tackle problems like world hunger, poverty or pollution and earn a chance to win some awesome prizes, courtesy of BlackRock.

Most Creative Use of Twilio

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 Sustainability Hack sponsored by Avanade

Avanade has put sustainable tech at the forefront of their ongoing mission! Sustainability is about conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources and focusing efforts to reduce and improve the environmental impact of technology, processes, and operations on our planet and society. For your hackathon project, we want you to make a genuine human impact using your ingenuity to address sustainability through an innovative use of technology. Demonstrate how you can create a more sustainable future and help the environment. As an added bonus, the team with the best sustainability hack will be rewarded with awesome lego sets!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Gregor Engelmann

Gregor Engelmann
Judge at Major League Hacking

Hassan Eshkiki

Hassan Eshkiki
Lecturer at Jacobs University

Melvin Wolf

Melvin Wolf
LCA Implementation Engineer @ Makersite

Kinga Lipskoch

Kinga Lipskoch
Lecturer at Jacobs University

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity and Originality
    Originality is an attempt to measure the important “wow” factor: the impression the hackathon entry makes when you see it, and the gestalt of the demo. Is it something a human being would feel delighted, excited, empowered, or even relieved to use?
  • Technical sophistication
    A very good and efficient user experience design and technical level for the development of any application is vital to creating experiences that are engaging.
  • Overall Polishness
    Here, the overall presentation is being judged, including the pitching. A good pitch, for e.g, can get you a new position in a company, letting investors believe in your innovation, and it can convince customers to buy a new product or service.
  • Usefulness
    Technology can be cool but not useful—and vice versa. How useful in general is your team's application? Does it follow a greater goal?

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