Welcome to Hack New Hampshire!

All UNH undergraduate and graduate students are invited to join us for 24 hours of creating, hacking, and competing at the 2020 Hack New Hampshire Event. We invite all UNH students to create an innovative solution to "Help New Hampshire

Collaborate with other classmates across all UNH colleges and create your own solution or idea. There will be prizes, food, games, and more! Form a team of 2-4 students ahead of time or ask us to match you to a team. i2 Passport students – check the Resources tab for details about i2 Passport Visa Stamp Credits for this event. 

Thank you to all who participated in the 2020 Hackathon and learn about last years event in the video below, enjoy!



Thank you again to this years Hack New Hampshire Sponsors!


Bottomline Technologies Logo

The ability to pay and get paid is critical for every business. But business payments are inherently complex and getting more so every day, making it difficult for organizations to create a business payments strategy that helps them be successful. Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ: EPAY), an innovator in business payment automation technology for 30 years, eliminates that struggle by helping companies make complex business payments simple, smart and secure.

Liberty Mutual Logo

Since 1912, Liberty Mutual Insurance has committed themselves to providing broad, useful and competitively-priced insurance products and services to meet their customers' ever-changing needs. Their delivery on this commitment is the reason they're now the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2012 direct premium written according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.


Arista Logo

Arista Networks was founded to pioneer and deliver software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data center storage and computing environments. Arista's award-winning platforms, ranging in Ethernet speeds from 10 to 400 gigabits per second, redefine scalability, agility and resilience. Arista has shipped more than 20 million cloud networking ports worldwide with CloudVision and EOS, an advanced network operating system. Committed to open standards, Arista is a founding member of the 25/50GbE consortium. Arista Networks products are available worldwide directly and through partners.

Co-hosted by:

ECenter Logo     UNH IOL logo   unh logo

Schedule of Events

Below is the schedule of events, please keep in mind, this may change! 

Saturday, Feb 22nd

11:00 am – Check-in/Registration
12:00 pm – Opening Ceremony w/Keynote Sam Warach
12:30 pm – Hacking Begins & Lunch
6:30 pm – Dinner
11:00 pm - Late Night Snack

Sunday, Feb 23rd

7:00 am – Breakfast
11:00 am – Hacking & Presentation Prep Ends & Lunch
11:15 am – Presentations Begin (8 mins. for each team)
2:00 pm – Closing Ceremony & Prizes

Keynote Speaker Announced

Sam Warach
Sam Warach is the Founder & CEO of NextStep HealthTech, a company with the mission to help people 'Take the NextStep' for health and wellness. NextStep creates solutions to combat mental health and substance use conditions.  Sam is a proud UNH Alum and former UNH Hackathon Winner.


Resources & Judging Info

Helpful Links & Resources

Below are some resources we put together for you! Be sure to setup your Slack Account using your UNH or IOL email address. Slack will be used throughout the event for communication amongst support and teams as well as other announcements.

  • Registration
  • Slack
  • OSS (Git)
    • You will need to create a password
    • All IOL employees already have an account
  • Hacker Resources
  • i2 Passport: Students participating in the ECenter’s i2 Passport Program will receive 2000 Visa Stamp Credits (VSC) only if they attend both days of the hackathon. Be sure to swipe into the i2 Passport tablet on day two to receive your VSC. Contact Heather MacNeill with any questions related to i2 Passport

Judging Categories & Criteria

Teams will be awarded $1,500 worth of cash prizes in four categories:

  • Best Total Package $600
  • Working Product $300
  • Business Plan $300
  • Creative Impact $300

Click here for the Judging Criteria


2020 Judges


Kyle OuelletteKyle Ouellette, Project Manager, IP Technologies, UNH-IOL
Kyle Ouellette is the Project Manager, IP Technologies at the UNH-IOL.  Kyle began working at the lab in 2015 in the IPv6 Testing Service. During this time he became a developer of the IOL’s IPv6 testing solution, IOL INTACT®, and worked on the development of IPv6 Ready Logo Core and DHCPv6 testing. After obtaining his B.S. in Computer Science, Kyle continues to pursue his M.S. in Computer Science at UNH. In May 2018 Kyle took over as the principal developer of IOL INTACT®, overseeing student developers and working directly with customers on solutions.



plumleeMatt Plumlee, Lecturer, Computer Science, UNH
Plumlee is a lecturer in the Computer Science department at UNH, where he teaches sophomore- and junior-level courses, including a  course involving Android development. He received his B.S. in 1995 and his Ph. D. in 2004, both from the CS department at UNH. Matt  has worked short stints in industry (most recently as a software engineering manager) sprinkled in among his 9 years of teaching, and   has done visualization and parallelization research for the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM), also at UNH.



David SanderDave Sander, Bottomline Technologies
Dave has been part of Bottomline Technologies since he graduated from the University of Vermont in 2015. He came on as a college hire working for one product and transitioned to working with the Innovation team. He has worked on front end, back end, infrastructure automation, and databases.




WendyWendy Schultz, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Senior Project Manager, Corporate Functions Technology
Wendy is a long term Liberty Mutual employee with experience on the business side as well as IT.  She has held positions in their personal lines, commercial lines and corporate teams.  She was a key contributor to establishing an annual hackathon event for Liberty Mutual employees that continues to generate excitement and innovation pipeline ideas.  The experience gained in facilitating hackathons has been expanded to other areas of the company as well as shared with external partners.  She has a BS in Finance from Ball State University in Muncie, IN; an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and is a 20+ year resident of Durham, NH.


RyanRyan Ross, Software Engineer, Arista Networks
Ryan is a Software Engineering Director at Arista Networks which is one of the industry leaders in building cloud networks. Prior to that Ryan has worked at companies like Cisco, Juniper, 3com, and Cabletron (currently Extreme Networks). Ryan has been in the networking industry as a software engineer and a leader for over 30 years building the internet, data center and campus networks from 10Mb Ethernet to 100Gb and beyond. He is also the Chairman of the Corporate Advisory Board for Brown University's school of engineering and soon to be a member of the UNH CS Industry Advisory Board as well. He graduated from the UMASS Lowell with a BSEE in 1990.  


Challenge & API

Challenge Statement

Create a solution that puts New Hampshire at the center of your design. How can you solve a ‘problem’ that you see in NH voting! 

Examples include, the way we vote, tracking, tally, how we poll, how to encourage voting, how can it be more transparent, how can we improve the process, etc. 

While we want you to come up with a creative solution, we are looking to award the team that demonstrates the most attention given to its user base.

API Options

These are just some ideas and options for your project; you are not required to use any specific API for this challenge!

50 Most Useful APIS for Developers

Data USA: New Hampshire


Public API's

Liberty Mutual:

You may leverage the Liberty Mutual Shine API, which incorporates Liberty Mutual data, insurance core competencies, and city infrastructure data to help customers live a life without worry. Featured services include Total Home Score, Vehicle Thefts, Vehicle Stats, and Parking Rules. https://developers.solarialabs.com (you may be required to create an account to access certain information)

The use of Liberty Mutual’s API is not required.