Build awesome stuff. Learn something new. Help save the IRL. Hack the IRL is a 36-hour hackathon designed to inspire real tech solutions for the most biodiverse estuary in North America. Located right along Florida's Indian River, Hack the IRL will bring together students, technologists, and entrepreneurs of all ages to hack through the biggest environmental issues facing the Indian River Lagoon.

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$4,421 in prizes

First Place Overall

Skate Boards (4) - $300
Oculus Go (4) - $1014
MakeyMakeyGo (4) - $80
Rasb Pi

Second Place Overall

Nanoleaf (4) starter kit $929.95
MakeyMakey Go (4) - $80
Jet Brains License (4)

Third Place Overall

Google home hub (4) $637
MakeyMakey Go (4) - $80

Lagoon Prize

Mosquito Lagoon Tour (4)
Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program VIP Tour of Mosquito Lagoon. The IRLNEP will provide a half-day boat tour of Mosquito Lagoon to learn about water quality challenges and restoration activities in progress. The boat tour will be followed by lunch. The tour will accommodate 4 guests. The date of the tour and trip details will be scheduled and coordinated with the winning team.

Hammock (4) - $144

Rasb Pi


Fractel Sponsor Prize

Amazon Echo Plus $129
Google Home Hub x 2 $298

Skymantics Sposnor Prize (2)

Telling Quadcopter Drone x 4 $396

Ubicquia Sponsor Prize

Rasb Pi x 4

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • Ages 18+
  • Maximum of 4 people on a team 




Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Was the solution particularly clever, or did it use different components?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, judges may consider how visually appealing it is. For a hardware project, it might be more about how good the human-computer interaction is.
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted to?
  • Learning
    Did the team challenge themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before (if applicable)?

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