AnimalHack 2023

September 10 (Sun), 2023, EST

Prize Winners

AnimalHack 2023 took place successfully at September 10, 2023. We are happy to announce the following prize winners. Thank you all for your participation and contribution!

  • Grand Prix (1st Place): “Hydrate Cat” by Yuma Karube
  • 2nd Place: “Squirrel repeller” by Shun Nagata & Rei Nagata
  • 3rd Place: “Pet Picker – A Simple Approach to Finding Your Perfect Pet” by Soham Vij
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • “Cloud-assisted Electronic Deer Repeller” by Hanna Suzuki
    • “Pawprint” by Tyo An
    • “Motorized scarecrow with infrared laser detection system and camera” by Shuntaro Sato
    • “Celo Pets” by Udogwu Emiri & Grace Okunomo
  • Excellence in Creativity Award: “Petupia” by Zana Yan
  • Emerging Talent Award: “Virtual Pet Adoption Center” by Dharshini Venkatesan


We are a group of students from the Boston, New York and Seattle areas who were disappointed with the lack of international, open hackathons that focus on animals, so we started our own. 

AnimalHack is hosted by Binnovative, a nonprofit organization in Massachusetts.


AnimalHack is an online hackathon for anyone who interacts with any animals – including pets, service animals, farm animals and wild animals.

AnimalHack offers a platform that inspires you to think of needs, wants and challenges in interacting with animals. It is intended to help you ignite creative solutions (hacks) with technology and innovate human-animal relationships.


Event: September 10 (Sun), 1pm, EST

Project submission due: September 9 (Sat), 6pm, EST

Participants: Solo and team contestants

Background: Anyone of all ages and all technical skills, from limited experience to advanced.

Entry: Free

Merchandise: Apparel and mug cups

Expected Project Topics

Expected project topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Contributing to animal wellbeing 
  • Assisting animal owners 
  • Assisting animal adoptions 
  • Monitoring, conserving and improving the environment around animals 
  • Observing, tracing and protecting wild animals 
  • Breeding, rearing/farming and harvesting animals 
  • Managing nuisance issues with wildlife
  • Addressing animal abuse, cruelty and illegal capture/trade

Solutions can take many different forms such as apps, games, social platforms, web sites/services, devices, robots, data collection/storage, data analysis/forecasts, data visualization, information retrieval, and 3-dimensional modeling/printing. 


Project Work: AnimalHack is a “flexible” online hackathon. You can work on their projects anytime until the event starts at September 10.

Project Submission: To participate in AnimalHack 2023 and get qualified for its prizes, each participant/team is required to register a project presentation by 6pm on September 9 (Sat), EST. A link for presentation registration is available at the AnimalHack 2023 channel in Discord.

To register your presentation, you will be asked to submit:

  • Your name and contact info
  • Your country of residence
  • Your project presentation title
  • An abstract (short description) of your project
  • A publicly accessible link to your project placed on an online code repository (e.g. GitHub) or online storage (e.g. Google Drive). We will verify the actual outcome of your work with this link in the evening of Sept 9. Please note that we will not schedule your presentation if we cannot verify your actual work. You can submit a link to your project on Devpost; however, please make sure that the link references the actual outcome of your work.

Presentation: AnimalHack will take place at 1pm on September 10 (Sun), EST. Each participant/team will deliver a project presentation (~10 minutes) online. A Zoom link is available at the AnimalHack 2023 channel in Discord.

Prizes and Judging

Prizes: AnimalHack plans to offer various prizes:

  • Grand Prix (1st Place)
  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place
  • Honorable Mentions (4)
  • Excellence in Innovation Award
  • Excellence in Research Award
  • Excellence in Creativity Award
  • Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award
  • Emerging Talent Award
  • Key Contributor Award

A panel of judges will select and announce award winners at the end of the event. Prize winners will receive certificates.

Judging Criteria:

  • Impact: How much impact (quality and quantity) can this project have? Does it solve a big problem or a small problem? Will it inspire or help many or a few?
  • Creativity: How creative/innovative is this project? Is it something that hasn’t been attempted before, or is it an incremental improvement on something that already exists?
  • Presentation: How well did the team/individual communicate this project? Was the presentation effective in telling the story of the project: why it is important, what challenge it addresses, and how it delivers a solution?


AnimalHack Advisory Board

Organizing Committee

  • Yuma Karube (Co-chair)
  • Yua Murakami
  • Banri Ouchi
  • Sarasa Ouchi (Co-chair)
  • Hanna Suzuki
  • Sougou Tojima


Apparel (light colors): T-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts

Apparel (dark colors): T-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts