Want to know how to turn a great idea into a product? From problem identification to ideation, prototyping and testing, we're hosting a 1-day workshop and competition on product development!

Are you Interested in being smart about the latest technology trends in your industry? Have an idea you want to test out or simply want to have fun and compete for cash and glory?

Introducing ProductHack, a new concept in hackathons! Typically hackathons focus on producing working prototypes without diagnosing user needs; at ProductHack we’re focused on creating products that meet real needs. 


During this ten hours tech competition, teams from Wharton, Penn Engineering, and SAS will compete to design, mock up, and pitch the best tech product to a panel of Professors from Penn for up to $500 in cash prizes! No coding necessary, but MVPs and quick market testing will be facilitated.

Teams size is 2 to 4 people, diverse teams are encouraged and everybody is welcome to join us for a Kick-off Mixer and Happy Hour at City Tap House, 39th and Walnut on Thursday, November 13th at 7pm.


Stay tuned for the three selected categories and the registration survey!

Presented by:

Wharton Technology Club, Wharton FinTech Club

Wharton Innovation & Design Club

Wharton Entrepreneurship Club

The Dining Philosophers

The Weiss Tech House

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$1,150 in prizes

First Place

Second Place

Gift Certificate to Parc

Best Use of Technology: Software - Sponsored by the Dining Philosophers

Best Use of Technology: Hardware - Sponsored by the Weiss Tech House

Direct entry to 2nd round of Pennvention

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • Participants: Teams of up to 4 with at least 1 University of Pennsylvania Student


  • Prototype: Create a simple Minimum Viable Product prototype to help you test your idea
  • Presentation: Create a 2-minute long presentation presenting your Minimum Viable Product prototype and learnings and answers to judge questions.


Mark Yim

Mark Yim
Professor Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)

Peter Bressler

Peter Bressler
Adjunct Associate Professor Integrated Product Design (IPD)

David Robertson

David Robertson
Practice Professor

Judging Criteria

  • How did you define a customer need?
  • How does your idea address that need?
  • How does your idea translate into a prototype?
  • How did you test your prototype and what did you learn?
  • How did you incorporate that learning?
  • What innovative technologies are at the core of your idea?
  • What are the next steps in making your product a reality?
  • How would prize money help you further your idea?