What is Polyhack?

Polyhack empowers students to solve problems at any scale using the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired through the university and beyond. All members of the Tufts community are invited to participate, whether individually or in groups. We want to bring together students from many disciplines under the umbrella of tech in a collaborative environment. This is not necessarily meant to be a place to network or start a company; our goal for Polyhack is to provide an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to creative projects. Every participant is expected to be the best they can be, and to help others be their best.

Date: October 12th to 13th, 2018


Competition Rules

1) Teams are capped at 5. Larger teams can exist, but prizes will only be awarded to 5 people.

2) All code used must either be from a prominent open source library or written after 6PM on October 12, 2018.

3) Mentors are meant to guide, not code. Do not ask them to do any significant coding.

4) Submission form will be released at 12PM on October 13. Teams can continue working on their project until the fair at 2PM but must submit to get a spot on the fair.


1st Place Overall: Nintendo Switch, Bose headphones

2nd Place Overall: Oculus Go, travel projectors

Newcomer’s Prize: Audiotechnica headphones (Open to 1st years and sophomores at their first hackathon)

Tufts Hack: Elephant onesies and JumboCash (Tufts related!)

Best Game: Super NES Classic Edition

Audience Favorite: 5 lbs of Gummy Bears (not sugar free)

Adobe: 3 Creative Cloud subscriptions, 1 per design challenge

TripAdvisor: $250 Visa gift card (Talk to them about using their API!)

HubSpot: $100 Hubspot credit (Distributing rubric at their table!)


▻ Polyhack Schedule

▻ Venue Rules

▻ Mentor Help

▻ Slack

▻ Facebook Event


6 PM, Oct 12th to 13th, 2018

Tufts University

574 Boston Avenue
Medford, MA 02155



Can I attend?

All members of the Tufts Community (and friends) are invited. Polyhack is not a traditional hackathon—we want to cross borders with other disciplines of thought and learn from one another. If you aren't a member of the Tufts community, you must be explicitly invited.

What should I bring?

Bring a valid student ID for admission and a laptop for hacking and/or designing something together. We’ll be providing pretty much everything elsestickers, snacks, and more!

What if I've never been to a hackathon?

Tufts Polyhack is specifically designed to accommodate all levels. If you've never been to a hackathon, or are just getting stared coding don't fear! We will be holding info sessions, team-finding events, and even assign experienced mentors to lead your team.

How do teams work?

Hackathons are more fun when you work with others, so we encourage people to form teams beforehand or find teams at the event. Teams are capped at 5 people. Your team can be larger, but smaller teams will take precedence and we'll only guarantee prizes for up to 5 people.

What if I don’t have a team?

Polyhack is about meeting new people, and in that spirit, we'll have group formation events towards the beginning of the hackathon. We also have a mentorship program that'll assign experienced mentors to lead your team.

What if this FAQ didn’t answer my questions?

Don't hesitate to email us at team@tufts.io and we'll do our best to answer any questions and concerns you might have.

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