Cornell BigRed//Hacks 2021

BigRed Hacks 2021 is the oldest student-run, large-scale hackathon at Cornell University. Across three days, Cornell and non-Cornell students alike gather to build the coolest and most innovative projects, meet amazing people, and win some prizes along the way!

See the event schedule here at:

Who can participate

1. Above legal age of majority in the country of residence

2. College students only

RULES for BigRed Hacks 2021:

1. Abide by the MLH Code of Conduct AT ALL TIMES:

2. Discord Terms of Services should be adhered to at all times, more at

3. English is our moderation language. Please try to keep all conversations in English whenever possible.

4. Racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, or (direct message) harassment shall not be tolerated here.

5. Advertising is limited to sponsors ONLY. This includes promotion of other discord servers, etc. We can not verify other servers, so they can not be shared here.


Prize Criteria
All Hacks will be judged based on the criteria specified for each prize.

PRIZES for BigRed Hacks 2021:

$4,330 in prizes

 BigRed//Hacks Themed Prize (2)

Awarded for the hack that best embodies the theme of this year’s hackathon!

 BigRed//Hacks Design Prize

Awarded for the hack with the best design!

Prize: 3d Pen

 BigRed//Hacks Technical Prize

Awarded for the hack that best embodies technical innovation!

Prize: Smart reusable notebook

 BigRed//Hacks Beginner Prize

Our newbie award! This award goes to the best hack from a team composed of new hackers only.

Prize: Plushies!

 Funniest Idea

The project that made everyone laugh the most!

 Munich RE- Best Health Hack

Small, everyday differences can have a huge impact on your long-term health. Design a product/application/game that could nudge people in a healthier direction. It can be a virtual pet that you need to walk, a fitness game, a posture tracker, laugh frequency tracker or whatever cool idea you could come up with. You can be creative about what dimension of health you choose to tackle, and on what/how data can be used to fuel your idea. Winners will be awarded $1000 worth of Visa gift cards that you and your teammates can decide on how to split, as well as an immediate consideration for interviews at our Munich RE Integrated Analytics team!

We will be judging the projects on impact, creativity, presentation, and technical completeness/complexity. It will also be an extra plus if ethical/legal considerations are included, especially thinking of where things could go wrong and how they could be safeguarded.

Prize: $1000 for the team

 MLH Prize- Best domain registered with

Register a .tech domain name using during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi wireless phone charger.

 MLH Prize- Best use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful computing, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See the full list of products here: Each winning team member located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google-branded backpack.

 MLH Prize- Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with an embedded Arduino Uno compatible board. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

 MLH Prize- 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 web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!

 MLH Prize- Best Web Monetization Project

The coil is all about providing better ways to access and reward the creators, publishers and platforms that you love. Coil members get to view web monetized sites while streaming micropayments directly to the website owner, or in this case, you! In turn, you can react to payments in real-time by displaying a thank-you message, unlocking bonus content, features and so much more! The possibilities are endless. Build a web monetized hack using Coil for a chance to win an Anker – PowerCore Quick Charge Portable Charger, exclusive Coil pin and a $60 coil credit redemption card, Bonus points for originality and creativity, for instance.

 MLH Prize- Best Space App powered by Space Force

The sky is not the limit! Try your hand at making a space-themed application for a chance to win a wireless Bluetooth speaker for you and your team from the U.S. Space Force! We’re looking for amazing solutions to any space-related problems you can imagine. For any sci-fi enthusiast, this is the perfect opportunity to push the limits of your creativity by building the technology of tomorrow, today. We can’t wait to see the solutions you build!

Please note: the majority of your team members must be located in the United States to qualify.

 Figma Prize- Best use of Figma

A Figma swag box for the best use of Figma