School of Computing, NUS
1pm, 23rd Jan - 6pm, 24th Jan

About Hack & Roll 2016

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This hackathon is free of charge! Just register (or you will not get food or swag) and come down!


This event is open only to:

  • Students of all levels in any educational institution in Singapore (yes, exchange students count as well!)
  • Anyone waiting entry into an educational institution - e.g. NSFs, PhD candidates, etc.

Non-students are welcomed, but won't be eligible for prizes.


  • A team can have between 1 and 4 members.
  • You can sign up without a team. A team will be assigned to you at your request.
  • All teams need to stay for the duration of the event. We recommend bringing sleeping bags. Teams that leave will be disqualified.
    • Clarification: Team members may leave as long as there's at least one member present throughout the competition. (i.e. the presence of the team is defined by the disjunction of that of each team member)


  • Build something new. You may reuse code for specific components, but recycling an entire project is not okay.
  • Projects will be judged based on creativity, technical accomplishment, polish, and usefulness, in that order. Decisions made by the judges are final.
  • Hardware projects are welcomed!

More questions? Contact us!


First Prize

  1. $3000 in cash
  2. 3D Doodler Pen
  3. S$20,000 worth of transactions processed through Stripe for free
  4. US$200 Digital Ocean credits per member

Second Prize

  1. $2000 in cash
  2. Pebble Time
  3. S$15,000 worth of transactions processed through Stripe for free
  4. US$150 Digital Ocean credits per member

Third Prize

  1. $1000 in cash
  2. Razer Deathadder Classic
  3. S$10,000 worth of transactions processed through Stripe for free
  4. US$100 Digital Ocean credits per member

Special Prizes


Zalora Prize

  1. $500 Zalora gift voucher per team

Best Freshmen Hack

  1. CM Storm QuickFire TK - CHERRY MX BLUE, Fully LED Backlit

People’s Choice Award

  1. Jabra SOLEMATE Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker - Black
  2. Google Chromecast

Most Awesomely Useless Hack

  1. Nerf Doomlands 2169 Vagabond Blaster
  2. Developer Playing Cards

Most Civic-Minded Hack

  1. Fitbit Charge Activity

Most Annoying Hack

  1. CLOCKY Robot Alarm Clock

Best Hardware Hack

  1. Parrot Travis Airborne Cargo Drone
* Cash and Stripe prizes are allocated per team while non-cash prizes are allocated per person.
† A raffle may be conducted to distribute additional prizes.
‡ Students from primary schools, secondary schools, junior colleges and polytechnics also qualify.


Day 1
13301400Participants’ briefing
14001500Sponsor talks
1500Start of the hackathon
Day 2
1500Submission Closes
End of the hackathon
15151615Project fair and public voting on Devpost
16301700Project demo by selected teams
17001715Keynote address
1715Prize Presentation




More than 160 students came together at Hack&Roll 2015 and hacked out more than 30 projects, all of which are available to browse here. There was an increased interest in hardware projects, which made up half of the list of winners. Prizes include Razer BlackWidows, NERF guns, as well as cash prizes for the top three winners.


About 120 students participated in Hack&Roll 2014 in the largest turnout yet. Their projects include a dengue monitoring web application, NFC-based capture the flag (CTF) game and a distributed file sharing web application. Find out more at this website. Prizes include Razer products, Pebble watches, SimplerCloud servlets and various electronic prizes.


Hack&Roll 2013 saw about 80 students building projects ranging from a WiFi-based room headcount system to a remote-controlled car driven by facial tracking. Prizes included a weeklong all-expense-paid trip to Silicon Valley, smartphones, and quadrocopters.