Welcome to ProfHacks hosted by the IEEE chapter of Rowan University.

Our Inaugural hackathon's theme is Physical Web with distinct categories being Quantified Self, Sensor Journalism, and Smart Buildings. Each of these 3 categories are at the beginning or their life cycle and have a lot of future potential. Participants have the opportunity to make a change by developing with a purpose.

Check out ProfHacks.com for more information.

Sensor Journalism

Data is all around us, from the air we breathe to roads we use to get to work. By collecting this data using a network of sensors, you are able to measure and predict patterns about our environment. How will you use data to tell a story?

Various projects involving sensor journalism include monitoring greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and toxins in water. A technical presentation and workshop will be held to educate hackers on the D3.js toolkit and the amazing benefits it can offer in making your data easy to read and incredible to show off!

Mentors will be on-hand to help with your sensor journalism hack and assist you with your hardware and software questions.

The Quantified Self

Our bodies produce billions of points of data every single day. Wearable technology allows us to access more data about our vitals than ever before. How does tracking our steps, location and heart rate enable us to have greater insights about our health?

Smart Buildings

The Internet of Things is the biggest revolution in tech in the past ten years. Thermostats, smoke alarms, light bulbs and even washing machines can now talk to our phones and to each other. How does this greater connectivity allow our home to work for our benefit?


All High school and College students

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,675 in prizes

1st Place

Amazon Echo
Dell Tablets for each member
1 Year Backblaze Subscription for each member
6 Month IEEE Membership for each member

2nd Place

Chromecast Audio for each member
1 Year Backblaze Subscription for each member
6 Month IEEE Membership for each member

3rd Place

Micro Drones for each team member
1 Year Backblaze Subscription for each member
6 Months IEEE Membership for each member

Best Journalism

Amazon Kindle (e-ink) for each member

Best Quantified Self

Bitalino Board Kit

Best Smart Buildings

Particle Photon Kit for each member

Best Internal Integration (2)

Two teams must collaborate, building two projects that work together.

Each team will receive a Viewmaster VR set.

Best Hardware

Neopixel Arduino Shield
Estimote Bluetooth Beacons for each team member

Best Tech Website

Have the best project running on a .tech domain. You'll be able to apply for a free .tech domain at the event. The prize is a $50 AWS Voucher.

Best Dev Tool

The team that creates the best developer tool gets Octocat figurines courtesy of GitHub.

Best Domain

The team that has the best domain gets a swag bag with Arduinos, courtesy of Domain.com

Best Amazon Web Services Integration

The team that has the best use of Amazon Web Services gets 1TB external hard drives.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Registration has closed for ProfHacks 2016.


Mr. Torok

Mr. Torok

Dr. Schmalzel

Dr. Schmalzel

Russel Trafford

Russel Trafford

Hristo Asenov

Hristo Asenov
University of Delaware

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    How difficult was it to complete the project? How complex is it?
  • Creativity
    We are looking for interesting, new, original, innovative and/or cool uses of the physical web Is the idea novel? Does it leverage existing technologies in new ways?
  • Design
    Is it easy to setup and use? Is it aesthetically pleasing?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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