1st Place

Team: Datadogs

Prize: $500 FIU Scholarship!

2nd Place

Team: ABF

Prize: Upgraded FIU Parking for Finals Week!

Education Category

Team: Fools Squad

Prize: Unlimited use of study rooms for Finals week!

Health Category

Team: The Adazas

Prize: Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet!

Productivity Category

Team: Vibe Master

Prize: Audio Technica Headphones!

Community Category

Team: HomBound

Prize: Amazon Echo!

Best Use of Google Cloud

Team: ABF

Prize: Google Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Water Bottle, Pillow, & Trophy!

Outstanding Projects Helping Solve for COVID-19 related challenges using Google Cloud

Teams: ABF, Help the Elderly, printMD, and Datadogs

Prize: Invitation to apply to Google Cloud COVID-19 hackathon fund awarding up to $5,000 in cloud credits and guidance from Google developers!


Building The New Normal

PantherHacks is a weekend-long virtual hackathon for FIU students, focused on solving challenges brought to our community by COVID-19. Students will create innovative projects that center around improving one or more of the following areas affected by this epidemic: Community, Education, Health, and Productivity.

PantherHacks will feature talks from subject matter experts in these areas, as well as introductory workshops to help you get started on your project. There will be mentors to guide you, interactive activities, and prizes for the top teams. Come and join us in the battle against COVID-19!



Our health care system has been severally impacted by this pandemic, and even if we are not health professionals we can still help! These are some areas in health care that you can address:

• Increasing treatment, diagnosis, and awareness

• Supporting frontline health care workers

• Improving and scaling health initiatives

• Expanding telemedicine


Social distancing has been in place for months, resulting in family and friends being apart and businesses struggling to stay afloat. You can help our community in one of the following areas:

• Improving public services that serve our community

• Connecting friends, families, and neighbors digitally

• Stabilizing local businesses by moving online

• Preventing the spread of misinformation


The education system has been shaken up by the sudden need to move to fully online learning, bringing new challenges to the way education is delivered. These are some areas in education where you can help:

• Transitioning from traditional to digital learning

• Developing tools for learning environments

• Facilitating self learning at home

• Repopulating our campus


Millions of people who are working from home are finding it hard to be productive, as everyone is looking for ways to adjust their routines. These are some of the productivity areas you can address:

• Transitioning from in person to digital work

• Balancing work and home

• Maintaining accountability

Expert Talks

Saif Ishoof

Saif Ishoof

Vice President, FIU Office of Engagement

Community Expert

Leanne Wells

Leanne Wells

Director, FIU Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Education Expert

Ravi Gajendran

Ravi Gajendran

Ingersoll-Rand Professor, FIU Department of Global Leadership and Management

Productivity Expert


Web Development

Learn how to build and style your first website

Learn how to add functionality to your website

Learn how to build dynamic websites

Learn to create back-end applications and manage databases

Design & Project Management

Learn how to manage your project and collaborate with others

Learn how to create the assets for any future projects

Learn how to design user interfaces and create the best user experience

Learn how to solve problems using user-centric methodologies

Learn about the full-cycle of project development from idea to deployment

Learn how to present your project in the most effective way

Mobile Development

Learn how to build mobile applications for iOS and Android

Learn how to build back-end services for mobile applications

Data Analytics

Learn how to analyze big datasets using panda, numpy and matlotlib

Learn how to analyze data and build prediction models


Workshops will be through zoom, links will be provided via Discord

Saturday, July 18th

12:00pm – 12:30pm EST: Opening Ceremony

12:30pm EST: Project Building Begins

12:30pm – 1:00pm EST: Education Expert Talk

1:00pm – 1:30pm EST: Community Expert Talk

1:30pm – 2:00pm EST: Productivity Expert Talk

2:00pm – 2:30pm EST: Team Building Activity

2:30pm – 3:00pm EST: Design Thinking Workshop

3:00pm – 4:00pm EST: Google Cloud Workshop

4:30pm – 5:30pm EST: Git/GitHub Workshop

4:30pm – 5:30pm EST: Graphic Design Workshop

4:30pm – 5:30pm EST: Flutter Setup Workshop

5:30pm – 6:30pm EST: Flutter 1 Workshop

6:00pm – 7:00pm EST: HTML/CSS Workshop

6:30pm – 7:30pm EST: Flutter 2 Workshop

7:00pm – 7:30pm EST: Jackbox Activity

7:30pm – 8:30pm EST: JavaScript Workshop

9:00pm – 10:00pm EST: Python for Data Science

10:00pm – 11:00pm EST: Machine Learning Workshop

11:00pm – 12:00am EST: React Workshop

Sunday, July 19th

12:00am – 12:30am EST: Scribble Activity

12:30am – 1:30am EST: Node.js Workshop

2:00am – 3:00am EST: Mafia Activity

10:00am – 10:30am EST: Kahoot with prize

11:00am – 12:00pm EST: UI/UX Workshop

1:00pm – 2:00pm EST: Intro to Project Management Workshop

2:00pm – 2:30pm EST: Scavenger Hunt Activity

4:00pm – 5:00pm EST: How to Pitch Workshop

5:30pm – 6:00pm EST: Project Building Ends & Project Submission Opens

6:00pm – 7:00pm EST: Project Submissions 

7:00pm EST: Project Submission Closes

7:30pm – 9:30pm EST: Judging

9:30pm – 10:00pm EST: Closing Ceremony


A hackathon is a weekend-long event where students come together to learn about the latest technologies and build innovative products.

PantherHacks is taking place July 18th through July 19th virtually for FIU students

PantherHacks starts at 12pm on Saturday and ending at 6pm on Sunday. We encourage you to work on your project for as long as you can during this time.

If you’re currently an FIU student you’re more than welcome to attend! Not a student? No problem! You can attend as a mentor and help out our students. We’ll be opening mentor sign-ups soon!

None! We welcome students from all academic backgrounds and skill levels, so don’t be afraid to come and join us! We’ll have introductory workshops for you to learn new skills, mentors to help you out, and great tools to build your projects. Whether you’ve never coded before or have lots of experience, there’s a place for you at PantherHacks!

Not at all! You can be a lone wolf, come with a pre-made team (no more than four people), or join some teams at the event. We’ll also have team building activities to help you find the right teammates!

Nothing! That’s right, PantherHacks is entirely free for all attendees to participate. All you need to worry about is learning new skills, developing cool projects, and having fun!

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