GrizzHacks 4 is the fourth hackathon at Oakland University, and the largest hackathon in the metro Detroit area. On September 28th-29th, 2019, unite with 300 developers, students and creatives across the Midwest to create innovative software and hardware applications from the ground up. #DreamItBuildIt


All students can participate, as well as those 6 months out of college. If you're not a student, email us at if you would like to mentor or volunteer.

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$7,700 in prizes

First Place

Stereo + Bone Conducting Headphones for each participating member.

Second Place

500GB SSD + 32 Inch Monitor + HDMI Cable for each participating member

Third Place

3D printer + 2 filament colors for each participating member

Best Mobile App

Solar Charger for each participating member

Best Hardware Hack

FreeNova Raspberry Pi Starter Kit for each participant
- This does not include the Pi itself, but is a collection of sensors and other accessories

Best Web App

Anker 2000mAh Powerbank for each participating member

Best Game

Portable Speakers for each participating member

Best Use UX/Design

Tello Quadcopter Drone with Controller and a Free Ticket to the DevOne Conference for each participating member

Innovative Pizza Ordering App

Echo Dot, Cracking the Code Interview book, Arduino Kit, and 2 Red Wings Tickets for each participating member

Community Class Act Hack

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit and Raspberry Pi 4 Touch Screen with Case for each participating member

Best use of Google Cloud

Google Home Minis for each team member

Best Domain Name from branded backpack for each team member.

Best Automation Hack with UiPath

Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and DROCON Drone!

Best use of Transposit

Only 24 hours to create your project? No problem, Create an app and compose different APIs together with the world's first API composition platform, Transposit. Each winning team member will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Best Rookie Hack

3D Printing Pens for each participating member

Most Technically Complex

Google Home Mini for each participating member

Most Unique Tech Stack

Oontz Speaker with Case for each participating member

Best Grizz Hack

Giant Stuffed Bear for each participating member

Best Use of DevOps Tools

Cracking the Coding Interview Paperback and Cracking the Tech Career Paperback for each participating member

Best Use of MongoDB

Anker Wireless Charger for each participating member

Best Personal Finance App

2 3D Pen Kits and 2 DROCON Drone with Camera for each team

Best Hack to Improve Automation

Solar Phone Charger and Cable Octopus for each participating member

Most Disruptive Idea (for Technology or Society)

Fire TV Alexa Remote for each participating member

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Amber Conville

Amber Conville
Director at Test Double and Founder at Selfdot

Jeronimo Navarrete

Jeronimo Navarrete
Software Project Manager at Valeo

Kevin Lindsay

Kevin Lindsay
Software Engineer at Surge Solutions

Khalid Mirza

Khalid Mirza
Professor at Oakland University

Miranda Perry

Miranda Perry
Software Engineer at Light Guide Systems

Judging Criteria

  • Quality over Quantity
    What technologies a team uses is very important, but it is also worth considering just how well those technologies are implemented. A team with a small tech stack used well should have a stronger weight than a team with a more advanced stack used poorly.
  • Flash Factor
    It is all about buzzwords in today’s society. But buzzwords do not always mean a product that delivers on what it promises. Is the project all flash and no substance, or has the team produced a product that lives up to its reputation?
  • Innovative Proof of Concept
    Even if a project isn't fully functioning, examine the thoroughness of the team’s plan and judge how feasible it would be under normal circumstances. Also consider how innovative the project is, and how that might have contributed to its resulting state.
  • Adaptation to Challenges
    Hackers will likely be asked what challenges they faced, and if/how they were able to overcome those challenges. Did they come up with a creative solution? Did the problem lead to a new idea?
  • Wow Factor
    Everyone wants to be blown away by technological innovation. How well did this project perform at sparking your interest, and get you excited about what the hackers were presenting? Would you be just as excited interacting with it a second time around?

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