Hack River Dell 2017 is the second annual high school hackathon run entirely by students at River Dell Regional High School in Oradell, New Jersey on November 18-19, 2017. At Hack River Dell, participants form teams and work overnight on an invention project like a game, website, or app. Hack River Dell promotes teamwork, creativity, and the merits of pursuing a career in technology.

Hack River Dell is open to all high school students in grades 9-12, no matter what school you attend or where you live. For full event details, please visit our website.

If you have any questions about submission, ask a staff member or DM us on Twitter!


Hack River Dell 2017 is open to all high school students (grades 9-12), regardless of what school you attend or where you live.  No students outside of grades 9-12 will be admitted into the venue.

We encourage participants to form teams, but hackers who choose to work on their own may do so if they choose. If you would like to work with others but do not have a team, staff and event organizers can help you find a team on the day of the event.


In order to qualify for judging, all hacks must be submitted into Devpost by 8:00 AM on Sunday

Submission Requirements

Submissions must contain the following in order to be judged:

  • The name of your hack/project.
  • The names of all who contributed to the creation of the hack (i.e. anyone who worked on the hack at the event, whether it was one person or a team of people)
  • A working prototype, finished product, or demonstration (i.e. screenshots, videos, etc.) of the hack.
  • Any additional materials you would like the judges to see.

Please be sure to also answer all of the questions in the submission form.

Hackathon Sponsors


First Place

5x Myo Armbands, MLH Trophy

Second Place

5x Sphero 2.0 App-Controlled Ball, MLH medal

Third Place

5x Amazon Echo Dot (Black), MLH medal

Best Web App Hack

5x Mophie Powerstation XL battery bank.

Best Hardware Hack

5x Arduino Starter Kit: includes Arduino, LEDs, DC Motors, etc.

Best Game Hack

5x $50 Gift Card for Gaming Service of your choice (i.e. Steam, Xbox, or PlayStation)

Best Beginner Hack

5x JBL Clip 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Kevin George

Kevin George
River Dell Alumni & Junior at New Jersey Institute of Technology

Roger Tashjian

Roger Tashjian
201 Marketing; Councilman of Oradell

Lin Loh

Lin Loh
Oradell Kids Foundation

Judging Criteria

  • Originality/Ambition
    Is the project unique, or a different take on an existing/similar app? Does the project incorporate technically challenging elements? Does the project serve its intended purpose?
  • User Experience & Polish
    Is the navigation of the project well thought out, coherent, and intuitive? Does the project appear professional or sloppy? Is consideration put into the user's experience of using the project?
  • Overall Quality
    Does the project work completely from start to finish? Do bugs exist in the app that hinder usage? Was the project scoped out well considering the timeframe of the hackathon?
  • Quality of Pitch / Presentation
    Is this project something that you would use or buy outside of the hackathon? Are the presenters able to "sell" their idea? Is project demonstrated coherently or is the presentation confusing?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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