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PennApps Fall 2013 Logo
PennApps Logo
Type Hackathon
Founded 2009
Place The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Slogan The nation's premier college hackathon.

PennApps is a semiannual student-run hackathon held at the University of Pennsylvania.


PennApps started in the spring of 2009, and has been hosted once every semester since that time. Since 2011, PennApps has roughly doubled in size in each iteration. In fall of 2013, over 1,000 students from more than 100 universities competed for a prize pool of roughly $30,000.[1]

As of the 2014 Spring Season, PennApps has required participants to apply in order to conserve space and resources.[2]

During the Winter 2015 Hackathon, it was around 1500 students from around the world hacked for more than $46k in prizes.[3]

PennApps helped set off a boom in college hackathons, with many colleges across the country now hosting similar events.[citation needed]

Past Winners

2013 Chegg's Prize for "Best Hack That Makes Student's Lives Better" -[4]

2013 TokBox's Prize for "Best Use of TokBox API" - [1][4]


Over the years, PennApps has attracted many sponsors. Sponsors include large corporations such as Apple, Google, Yahoo, Comcast, and Microsoft. Other notable sponsors include startup companies like Venmo, Dropbox, Foursquare, Soundcloud, and GitHub.[2] Sponsor benefits include access to participants' résumés, recruitment materials, and promotion throughout the event.[5]


  1. ^ "PennApps Main". PennApps. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "PennApps 2014 Spring". PennApps. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  3. ^ GRALISH, Tom. "PennApps Hackathon". Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ "PennApps Sponsor Information" (PDF). PennApps. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 

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