What is Bitcamp?

Bitcamp is a place for exploration. You will have 36 hours to delve into your curiosities, learn something new, and make something awesome. With world-class mentors and 1,000+ fellow campers, you're in for an amazing time. Whether you’re a seasoned hacker or completely new to the world of hacking, we’ll have something for you. If you're ready for an adventure, we'll see you by the campfire!

Our History

The idea of Bitcamp was conceived by a group of UMD students back in 2013. “Camp” represented an event that evoked togetherness, warmth, and adventure. “Bit” was the embodiment of tech. Bit+camp = Bitcamp! The first ever Bitcamp focused on the idea of YOU+TECH, where participants (“Bitcampers”) were encouraged to take something they loved and fuse it with technology. The team focused on collaboration, fun, and a commitment to the Bitcamp experience, which are all values we carry forward today.

The Campfire Games

The Campfire Games is a brand new way to learn, grow, and build with the Bitcamp Community. At the start of this year's event, you will join one of three teams based on your personality and interests—joining forces with hackers from around the world! By winning unique challenges, attending workshops, and participating in mini-events, you'll rack up points for your team. At the end of Bitcamp, members of the winning team will receive limited edition Bitcamp Apparel. Find your community, develop your team identity, and collaborate on something bigger than yourself: #AdventureAwaits


Colorwar is a rapid-fire live-design competition and one of the highlights of Bitcamp. Compete in our online design challenge for a chance to draw in front of a live audience at Bitcamp for some cool prizes! Stay tuned on our social media platforms for more information on how to enter, starting in March!


  • Make your project and submit your hack to Devpost. 
    • Since Expo will be on Easter Sunday: if you cannot demo in person, make sure to include a video (up to 3 minutes) explaining what your project is! Judges will be looking at your video included in your Devpost submission. You must submit your hack and either demo in person, or include an explanation video on Devpost if you cannot make it due to the Easter holiday, in order to be eligible for prizes.

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$10,002 in prizes

Cockroach Labs - Best Use of CockroachDB Serverless

Prize: A special CockroachDB trophy for the whole team and a $100 Amazon gift card for each member

Bloomberg - Most Philanthropic Hack

Prize: JBL Speakers (one per hacker)

Fannie Mae - Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket (3)

Employing classic algorithms to create high-value collateral pools from mortgages

Our challenge to you: Utilize a knapsack algorithm to fill a knapsack with objects without exceeding the knapsack’s weight capacity. In this challenge, the knapsack is a pool of mortgages, the weight capacity is a monetary value (we’ll supply that at the start of the challenge), the objects are mortgages, the weight of a mortgage is its unpaid principal balance, and the value of a mortgage is determined by a number of other attributes associated with the mortgage.

We supply the data (loans, knapsack “capacity”). You supply the ingenuity, the solution infrastructure, and the implementation approach.

Your solution to the challenge will be evaluated based on completeness, innovation, and performance/throughput.

1st Place: $125 Amazon gift card for each team member up to 4 members ($500 total for the team)
2nd Place: $75 Amazon gift card for each team member up to 4 members ($300 total for the team)

Cipher Tech - Best Digital Forensics Hack

Digital forensics topics include but are not limited to: Data carving\reconstruction\recovery tools, finding specific objects (other than faces) in a large collection of digital images, steganography detection or exploitation, registry or memory artifact analysis, encryption detection, or anything else that could aid investigators who are looking at computers recovered from crime scenes.
PRIZE: $100 Amazon Gift Card and CT swag package, including a Yeti Tumbler and Nike hat, to each member of the winning team.

Bloomberg Industry Group - Best Public Sector Hack

Description: Use any public/govt data and showcase a specific application highlighting data insights and intelligence.
Some suggested examples would be insights on Govt contracting data, or Federal/State Legislation data, or trends/smart search on Federal News feeds, Social media sentiment analysis related to major events related to Bloomberg Industry segments, etc.

1. Bloomberg Industry Engineering branded Executive Backpack from Samsonite valued at $125 (up to 5 units)
2. Special “Bitcamp challenge champion” plaque (up to 5 units).
3. Consideration to specific open roles if candidate meets job requirements. Refer https://www.bloombergindustry.com/careers/

CoStar Group - Best Use of Real Estate Data

Description: CoStar is a Real Estate Data Company. We are looking for the best implementation of public real estate data. Go crazy and show us what you got: Make an App, Dashboard, Chatbot, Visualization, Market Place, Route Planning for Vising Houses (field research), Price Prediction (ML), Property Comparisons, House Categorization… there is no limit just like at CoStar.

Prize: We have 4 CoStar Group-branded Airpods that will be given to the winning team.

Capital One - Best Financial Hack

Capital One would like to challenge Bitcamp to create the best financial hack. Money impacts much of our lives and we would like to promote change for good.

Pirze: The winning team members will each be awarded a $300 Amazon gift card.

Most Creative Use of Twilio - Major League Hacking

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Get started with $50 in free credit!

Best Use of Microsoft Cloud for Your Community - Major League Hacking

Bring your idea to life using the Microsoft Cloud - automatically build and deploy a full stack web app from a code repository, create and train a Machine Learning model, develop business applications with little to no code using Power Platform, and more! View our recommended popular solutions in the Education Hub at https://aka.ms/startedu.

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Build your hackathon project with the Microsoft Cloud that tackles a social impact issue of your choice, and have a chance to win a LinkedIn Premium 12-Month subscription and an XBox Ultimate 3-Month Game Pass.

Best Blockchain Project Using Hedera - Major League Hacking

Hedera is a next generation blockchain technology that’s accessible from familiar programming languages like Java and JavaScript. Their goal? To make Web3 development even more accessible to hackers like you! Build a project on Hedera's test network for a chance to win amazing Glorious Modular Compact Mechanical Keyboards for you and your team!

Best Use of MongoDB Atlas - Major League Hacking

MongoDB Atlas takes the leading modern database and makes it accessible in the cloud! Get started with a $50 credit for students or sign up for the Atlas free forever tier (no credit card required). Along with a suite of services and functionalities, you'll have everything you need to manage all of your data! Build a hack using MongoDB Atlas for a chance to win a M5GO IoT Starter Kit for you and each member of your team.

Best Accessibility Hack sponsored by Fidelity - Major League Hacking

At Fidelity, accessibility is viewed as a major key to the success of their business, which is why they are challenging you to come up with innovative ways to make tech more accessible! We want you to use your hacking skills to find and build solutions that put opportunities and resources within reach to all communities. The team with the best accessibility hack will win a Fidelity branded wireless charger for each team member!

Best Domain Name from Domain.com - Major League Hacking

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Best Machine Learning Hack - Bitcamp

Best hack that demonstrates machine learning principles and incorporates ML workshop content

Each member of the winning team will receive a $40 Amazon gift card

Best Hardware Hack - Bitcamp

The most creative, technical, and innovative use of circuitry, electronics, or microcontrollers in a hack.

Each member of the winning team will receive a Portable Projector!

Best Bitcamp Hack - Bitcamp (2)

For the hacks that forge into the newest and coolest frontier and make us want to join the winners by the campfire!

Each member of the winning team will receive a Sherpa Fleece Blanket!

Best Razzle Dazzle Hack - Bitcamp (2)

Most unique project! This prize will be awarded to two projects that best entertain our judges.

First place - Waffle Maker

Second Place - Squishmallow 11"

Best First Time Hack - Bitcamp

The Best Hack by a First Time Hacker that shows the most individual growth. Were you able to learn a new skill at Bitcamp and apply it to your project? You must have at least one first time hacker in your team to be eligible for this prize.

Each member of the winning team will receive a Polaroid Camera!

Best UI/UX Hack - Bitcamp

Best overall submitted UX/UI designs of hacks from the weekend. Factors considered will be innovation, aesthetics, service to the project/challenge, and the process.

Each member of the winning team will receive a Fire TV Stick!

Best Moonshot Hack - Bitcamp (2)

The most creative, innovative, and well-developed hack that “shoots for the moon.”

First Place - Each member of the team will receive Beats Solos3

Second Place - Each member of the team will receive an Amazon Fire Tablet

Best Social Good Hack - Bitcamp

Does your hack solve a social problem or help empower a marginalized community? Submit it here to win our Social Good prize!

Members of the winning team will each receive a Hydroflask!

Best Gamification Hack - Bitcamp

Created a hack that gamifies an everyday task? Submit it here;

Each member of the winning team will receive a Backlit Ultra-Compact Gaming Keyboard

People's Choice Hack - Bitcamp (2)

Hackers vote on which project(s) they liked the best!

All members of both winning teams will get a starlight/ocean projector

Advanced Quantum Track - Bitcamp

The Undergraduate Quantum Association partnered with Bitcamp presents the Quantum Track!

Quantum computers are a brand new domain of computing, touted to solve problems that "classical" computers struggle with, one being unstructured search: Grover's algorithm uses a quantum computer to provide a quadratic speedup to unstructured search problems!

In this challenge, you'll be using Grover's Algorithm to solve a graph coloring problem: In short, can you design a quantum algorithm that shows calculates maximum number of nodes possible in any given graph?

More specifics on the challenge can be found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l1Vv3XQybGYYo7UTSTt_4HbMVdQIIoB3KlpEgSSnlG4/edit#heading=h.v6wgdhly3ll

Prizes: Each member of the winning team receives an Amazon Echo, a "Golden Ticket" tour of IonQ, and IonQ swag!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Major League Hacking

Major League Hacking

Bitcamp on behalf of CoStar Group

Bitcamp on behalf of CoStar Group



Bloomberg Industry Group

Bloomberg Industry Group

Capital One

Capital One

Cipher Tech

Cipher Tech

Cockroach Labs

Cockroach Labs

Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • User Experience
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?

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