September 13 - 15, 2013

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"People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware." - Alan Kay

Hack Some Hardware

Don't have your own hardware? Don't worry about it. We have all kinds of gadgets in stock for you to hack. If we don't have that particular gem you've been dying to hack, let us know and we'll do our best to get it for you. Feel free to bring in your own hardware as well!

Thousands in Prizes

Besides the fact that we'll let the top five teams keep their hardware, we're also offering thousands of dollars in prizes for the top three teams. By the way, there are only 26 teams competing. You do the math.

Tons of Free Food

Pretty much all the food you can imagine, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks will be provided. We want to make sure that food isn't an issue, so the only thing you have to worry about is not burning yourself with the soldering iron.

The hardware hackathon at Penn.

The Architects are proud to announce the second hardware hackathon at Penn. PennHacks will be a hackathon limited to 100 students, who will hack their way to thousands of dollars in prizes.

An Internet of Things.
The real world meets the web.

The great thing about hardware is that it allows you to connect sensors that measure things in the real world to the internet. It's not your typical CS project anymore. Suddenly, you're allowed to scratch a surface and have it control a turntable, or even keep yourself entertained while your food cooks in the microwave.