About the challenge

Welcome to MOSA Summer of Code 2023! This is an exciting opportunity for MCITO students to work together on a technical project over the summer for a chance to be recognized as a winner with a $100 gift card per team (we are giving out 8 of them!) Also, this a great opportunity to add an impressive project to your resume, get to know other students, and gain experience with collaboration.


  • Team matching event: Week of 5 May
  • Registration deadline: 14 May
  • Hacking starts: 15 May
  • Submission deadline: 28 Aug
  • Showcase event: Week of 28 August
  • Winners announced: September

Eligibility & Rules

  • Participant must be a MCIT Online student
  • Each student can only join one team
  • Each team can only submit to one track

Get started

To get started, simply register your team of 3-4 here. Once you're registered, join us the on slack channel #mosa-hackathon-event to meet other hackers and for the lastest updates


What to Build

In this open-ended hackathon, you are free to choose a project of your choice using any programming language, with the primary goal being to learn and build something new and valuable to add to your portfolio. You can submit to one of these four themes: General, Sustainability, Civic, and MCITO community.

What to Submit

To be considered for a prize, you will need to do 4 things:

  • Complete registration before 14 May
  • Submit GitHub repo to Devpost using official README.md template by 28 Aug
  • Submit 3 minute max demo video to Devpost by 28 Aug
  • Submit a writeup for your project via Devpost by 28 Aug

Hackathon Sponsors


$900 in prizes

General Hack (2)

Projects submitted to this track can be related to any area of interest. This is a broad theme that allows for a diverse range of projects, from web applications to mobile apps, to machine learning algorithms and more.

Sustainability Hack (2)

The focus of this track is to create projects that address sustainability issues, such as climate change, waste reduction, or energy conservation. Projects can be related to renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, or any other area that contributes to a greener future.

Civic Hack (2)

This track focuses on creating projects that benefit local communities. Projects can be related to improving civic engagement, providing access to public services, or improving public safety. Participants can create projects like an app to help citizens report local issues or a platform that helps volunteers find local community service opportunities.

MCITO Community (3)

This track is for projects that directly benefit the MCITO community. Projects can be related to improving the student experience, supporting student organizations, or providing resources to help students succeed.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Brandon Krakowsky

Brandon Krakowsky
Lecturer, Computer and Information Science, UPenn

Tom Farmer

Tom Farmer
Program Director, Online Master of Computer and Information Technology, UPenn

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    How technically impressive was the project? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"? (5 points)
  • Creativity
    Is the project creative, new and innovative? Is it something we already know or is the idea disruptive? (5 points)
  • Presentation & Usability
    How strong are the design and user experience of the project? Is the project easy to understand and use? Is it intuitive? How thorough and clear is the documentation (README, demo video, etc)? (5 points)
  • Usefulness & Relevance
    Is this a product that people will use in their daily lives or in the context it is intended? Will it make lives better? (5 points)

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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