September 8-10, 2023
Applications have been reviewed, the game is on!
Hosted at the nation's first university, PennApps is the original college hackathon. Come join us to learn something new, build an app, or start a company. Let’s continue to make history together.
The College Hackathon
In the context of a hackathon, the word "hack" is used to describe how multiple technologies can be used together in a new and innovative way. Teams of up to four people spend the weekend working on innovative software and hardware solutions to real-world problems. These projects range in platform and application, including elements of web development, mobile applications, drones, and more. However, many times the most important aspect of a hackathon are the community it generates and skills that inexperienced hackers walk away with.
The PennApps Difference
Founded in the fall of 2009, PennApps was the nation's first student-run college hackathon. Since then, it has spurred a revolution in the way engineering students develop and showcase their skills, spawning an entire "league" of hackathons across the nation. In the past years, over a thousand students from the U.S. and other countries like Switzerland, Canada, England, India and Singapore have converged in Philadelphia for a weekend of creation and discovery. Both beginners and experts alike will work together, learn and compete to become better engineers. This year, PennApps is expanding its focus on learning by emphasizing the collaboration of new and experienced hackers and providing more learning opportunities and workshops throughout the weekend.
The Application Process
Each year, PennApps receives thousands of qualified applications, but unfortunately, we can only accept a limited number of participants. To ensure fairness, we ask everyone to share a bit about themselves, so we can invite those who have shown interest and skill.
We don't expect everyone to have been to a hackathon before, in fact, we love first-time hackers having been there ourselves when we started! We just hope to bring those who are passionate about building something awesome and learning something new.
While we cannot accept everyone, we strive to build a diverse community of amazing hackers. Simply showcase your work, share why you want to attend PennApps, and we will do our best to bring you here! Penn students should register with their Penn emails when applying. Applications are now closed, and you may access your application at apply.pennapps.com.
If you are a Penn student who missed the application deadline but still would like to join, please email us at [email protected] with your Penn email.