TartanHacks is the largest hackathon at Carnegie Mellon! ⭐ Organized by ScottyLabs, it's a 24-hour hackathon where participants from all over the country create innovative projects. This year, TartanHacks 2023 - Disruption is coming Feb 3-4, 2023 and is bigger than ever with completely in-person events, workshops, and talks with a lineup of sponsors, prizes, and swag that will cause quite the disruption 😎 Come on over to hack, learn new concepts through our workshops, and meet other hackers! ✨
Thank you to all the hackers who participated in TartanHacks this year!
There were many awesome projects, but these stood out and were selected as Top 5 for the Scott Krulcik Grand Prize:
AI-powered Teaching Assistant for Educational VideosView presentation slides
A system that can be installed in a workshop or makerspace to keep track of items which are frequently moved around or misplaced, by fusing together feeds from all the security cameras in the space.View presentation slides
10am - 11am⸱Rangos Ballroom
Talk with Jasmine Lawrence
12pm - 1pm⸱McConomy Auditorium
1pm - 2pm⸱Rangos Ballroom
Q&A with Mike and Nehal
2pm - 3pm⸱McConomy Auditorium
Check In Starts
4:30pm - 5:30pm⸱McConomy Auditorium
Team Formation Mixer
6pm - 7pm⸱Connan Room
5:30pm - 6pm⸱Connan Room
7pm - 8pm⸱Dowd
7pm - 8pm⸱Connan
6:30pm - 8pm⸱Rangos Ballroom
8pm - 9pm⸱Rangos Ballroom
8:30pm - 9:30pm⸱McConomy Auditorium
9pm - 11pm⸱Connan Room
Karaoke & Midnight Snack
11:30pm - 2:00am⸱Connan Room
Co-Founder of Google Hangouts
Michael Darweesh is an experienced software professional. He worked with Microsoft as a team lead on Mac Office and Windows DRM. Later, he joined the Mars Space Flight Facility to make mapping software for the rovers program. Then, he joined Google and co-founded the Hangouts team. His Pittsburgh startup experience includes two projects: Legalsifter, which brings ML to legal document processing, and Icebird Financial Corporation. Now, he mentors Pittsburgh talent and companies such as Gridwise and the Pittsburgh Knights. When he's not at the computer, he is playing with his cats, enjoying some pizza, or watching some hockey!
CEO and Founder of iMetalx
Nehal Gajjar is CEO and Founder of iMetalx, an innovative aerospace firm that develops deep tech solutions for defense. She has raised $20M+ in non-dilutive funding and has built three profitable startups. She holds a Bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from CMU. Her expertise spans advanced technologies in aerospace, software, and renewable energy industries and she has led breakthrough innovations with the US Space Force, USAF, Siemens, Lockheed Martin, and Pratt Whitney. She enjoys competitive sailing, mountain biking, and martial arts in her spare time.
Senior Product Manager at Everyday Robots
Jasmine Lawrence is a Senior Product Manager at Everyday Robots, where they are building a new type of learning robot that can learn by itself to help with (almost) anything. Prior to this, she has worked at Facebook, Softbank Robotics America, and Microsoft. At 13, Jasmine founded EDEN BodyWorks to meet the need for affordable, natural hair and body care products that really work. Jasmine earned her Bachelor's in CS from Georgia Tech and her Master's in Human-Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington. She’s been featured in news outlets such as the New York Times, the Oprah Winfrey Show, on the Forbes 30 under 30, and on Inc Magazine’s 2021 Female Founders list. Outside of work Jasmine is a poet, mentor, STEM advocate, and Advisory Board Member for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.
Scott Krulcik Grand Prize
Most impressive hack at TartanHacks 2023
Most Disruptive: Technology
Most significant technological innovation that disrupts the status quo.
4 × Mini Projector
Most Disruptive: Product
Most significant product/business model innovation that disrupts the status quo.
4 × Photo Printer
Best use of Algorand
Best use of the Algorand protocol.
$1000 worth of ALGO
Sandia National Labs Award
Sponsored by Sandia.
4 × Wireless Headphones
Best use of AI
Best use of AI.
4 × Amazon Echo Dot
Best use of GCP
Best use of Google Cloud Platform.
4 × TBD
Wolfram Research Top 5 Teams
Awarded to the top 5 teams.
A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition + one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
First Penguin Prize
Inspired by Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture: “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted. And it can be the most valuable thing you have to offer.” Awarded to the team that took the biggest gamble while not meeting its goals… a prize for ‘glorious failure’.
4 × Penguin Plushies
Best Design Hack
Best product design.
4 × A Dictionary of Color Combinations
Design for America (DFA) Impact Prize
Best social impact project.
Entry into DFA Impact, Tote Bags, Herb Kits
Spiciest meme in the #memes Discord channel.
What do you meme? card game