University of Notre Dame
March 25-27

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March 25-27

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Welcome to the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries Hackathon, where teams of developers, graphic designers, subject specialists, and strategists come together to reimagine solutions to everyday problems related to this year’s theme: Sustainable Futures.

This competition offers cash awards and is open to all Notre Dame undergraduate students. Register today!

2022 Winners

Read the announcement about the 2022 winners.

First Place - $3,000

Eagle Eyes

Eagle Eyes is a mobile app that provides users with a fun and approachable daily birdwatching challenge. Users are given a bird per day to identify and learn about new and different bird species. The goal of the app is to promote ecological education and engagement with nature.

Joshua Cepeda, College of Engineering, Computer Engineering
Erin Markel, College of Science, Physics
Tanner Waltz, College of Engineering, Computer Science
Spencer Wells, College of Engineering, Computer Science

Second Place - $2,000

Water Wars

Through dorm competition, Water Wars aims to reduce water consumption and raise awareness of water misuse amongst college students by making water consumption data available for every residence hall on campus. By displaying statistics for dorms and their individual sections, Water Wars fosters not only healthy competition but also educates young adults on the impact small changes can make when the entire community is committed.

DJ Adams, College of Engineering, Computer Science
Luke Braby, College of Engineering, Computer Science
Jonathan Lamptey, College of Engineering, Computer Engineering
Jeremy Stevens, College of Engineering, Computer Science

Third Place - $1,000


EcoMenu aims to improve the carbon footprint of dining by analyzing where our food comes from and how it is produced. EcoMenu uses the dining hall menu and works with the University to source and identify the environmental impact of different menu items. Users receive recommendations on sustainable options available in the dining hall and can use this data to identify foods that are more sustainable for each meal and make informed choices about their eating habits. Users can also enter what they eat to track the sustainability of their choices and compare it to other users to understand the relative impact of those choices.

Chris Fakhimi, College of Engineering, Computer Science
Evan Hall, College of Engineering, Computer Science
Derek Pepple, College of Engineering, Computer Science
Hana St. Clair, College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Honorable Mention - $500

Solar Saviors

Solar Saviors aims to increase consumer knowledge of solar panel benefits in their geographic area through machine learning modeling. Solar Saviors presents users with county-specific information about the estimated number of solar panels that would be needed to power their homes. This data is presented in map view so that different areas can be compared. The program also expands beyond simple extrapolation of past weather data by using machine learning algorithms to predict future solar levels more accurately.

Anousha Greiveldinger, College of Science, Physics
Evan Bursch, College of Science, Physics and Philosophy

Honorable Mention - $500

Greener ND

Greener ND is a video game with a humorous and engaging 8-bit aesthetic that puts users in the position of leading Notre Dame. It aims to model the impact of various policy proposals by simulating the financial and social repercussions of each decision, highlighting the difficulties and trade-offs of sustainability efforts. By leveraging game mechanics and local humor, it presents a learning opportunity that could be more effective than simple narrative description alone.

Anar Bayanzul, College of Engineering, Computer Science
Chad Brown, College of Engineering, Computer Science
Blake (John) Caven, College of Engineering, Computer Science
Jack Rowe, College of Engineering

When & Where

March 25 – 27 at Hesburgh Library

March 25 6:00pm – 7:00pm: Pizza & Orientation

March 26 Noon: Team Roster & Project Summary Due

March 27 Noon: Presentation Files Due
1:00pm: Lightning Talks, Judging, Raffles, Awards

See the full schedule.

Team Awards

1st Place – $3000

2nd Place – $2000

3rd Place – $1000

Honorable Mention – $500

Read the judging criteria.

Themes & Teams

The 2022 theme is Sustainable Futures.

Teams can have 2 to 4 people.

Form your team in advance or meet up through our #find-a-team Slack channel.

Learn more about finding and registering your team.

See additional “How to Hackathon” resources and coaching information.


Space is limited. Register today!

2022 Judges

Ben Tovar

Ben Tovar

Lead Research Software Engineer,
Computer Science and Engineering


Joanna Cecilia da Silva Santos

Joanna Cecilia da Silva Santos

Assistant Professor,
Computer Science and Engineering


Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson

English, Digital Humanities, &
Film, Television, and Theatre Librarian,
Hesburgh Libraries


Greg Koehler

Greg Koehler

Program Manager for Sustainable Operations,
Office of Sustainability


Judging Criteria

Hesburgh Libraries Hackathon Code of Conduct

Social Practices

In keeping with the codes of conduct set forth in du Lac: A Guide to Student Life, our Hackathon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, previous hackathon attendance or computing experience. We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form.

In order to foster a positive and professional learning environment we encourage the following kinds of behaviors:

  • Use welcoming and inclusive language
  • Be respectful of different viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accept constructive criticism
  • Focus on what is best for all of us in the community
  • Show courtesy and respect towards other community members


All participants understand that the Hesburgh Libraries Hackathon may be photographed, videotaped, and or recorded by the Hesburgh Libraries, and grant the Hesburgh Libraries the right to use or refrain from using their name and/or likeness without their approval or compensation. Photography by participants is encouraged, but other participants must be given a reasonable chance to opt-out from being photographed. If they object to the taking of their photograph, comply with their request. It is inappropriate to take photographs in contexts where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Inappropriate Behavior

If you witness or experience any transgressions of this Code of Conduct at the Hackathon, please tell a member of the Hackathon staff immediately, or email


The competition is open to Notre Dame undergraduate students. Teams may have as few as 2 but no more than 4 members who bring unique talents to help shape the vision and navigate through the phases of project work.

You'll work with your team to:

  • Identify a problem or need
  • Imagine and plan an innovative project
  • Design and build that project
  • Present the project in a lightning talk


Great! Each team member should register individually and indicate that they already have a team on the registration form. Be sure to note any individual accommodation and/or dietary needs in the online registration form, as well.


When you register, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the event Slack workspace. Use the #find-a-team channel to post a brief bio and connect with potential teammates. If you are not able to find a team this year, we invite you to participate in a future event!


We are dedicated to providing a fun and harassment-free experience for everyone. Learn more from our Code of Conduct.


Participants must register online before 6:00pm on Friday, March 25.