USC ACM's hackathon for new hackers. All are welcome!

TrojanHacks: Strikes Back is a beginner-friendly, 24-hour hackathon open to all USC students! Many students have never been to a hackathon and feel like they don't have enough experience or skills to contribute to their team. We want to change this mentality. USC ACM wants to show you that you can go from little to no experience to making something you're proud of - you just need to put your mind to it!

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Hackathon Sponsors


First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Best Freshman Hack

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Andrew Goodney

Andrew Goodney

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander

Clifford Lee

Clifford Lee

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    Is this a product that people will use in their daily lives? Will it make lives better?
  • Technical Difficulty
    How difficult was it to implement this project? Are there multiple APIs, languages, and libraries involved? Did you use a really cool algorithm?
  • Innovation & Creativity
    Is this project unique and innovative? Is it a solution to a problem we haven't seen before? A better way of doing something?
  • User Experience
    Is your hack polished? Create a streamlined hack that looks as good as it functions!