***More information to be announced as details become finalized. Stay tuned!***

UPDATE (3/27): Added Challenge Topics, Prizes, and Submission and Judging Details
UPDATE (3/26): Added Keynote Speaker, Mentors and Judges
UPDATE (3/23): Teams now must have a minimum of 2 members and maximum 4 members.
UPDATE (3/21): Added Agenda



  • Pre-Hack Kickoff: March 25, 2021 @ 7:30pm - 9:00pm ET (Thurs)
  • SASEhack: March 27th, 12:00pm ET - March 28th, 5:00pm ET (Sat-Sun)


  • REMOTE ! ! ! From the comfort of your home or anywhere else you feel safe and comfortable to partake in the hack


  • Create something exciting and showcase your talent
  • Experience teamwork dynamic (a viable skillset that every employer seeks)
  • Opportunity for winning project recognition on SASE National social media. 


  1. Register on this Devpost like any other hackathon.
  2. Register through the linked Google Form
  3. If you have a team, be sure all of your teammates have registered on this Devpost
    • If you don't have a team, you can search for one here on Devpost or join our SASEhack Discord server and search in #team-formation

AGENDA: all times are in Eastern Time*

Thursday, March 25 - Pre-Hack Kickoff
  • 7:30 PM: Opening Remarks
  • 7:45 PM: Expectations and Preparing for the Hack
  • 8:00 PM: Team Formation Activities
  • 9:00 PM - 10:00PM: Games (optional)
Saturday, March 27 - SASEhack Spring 2021
  • 12:00 PM: Registration Check-in Begins
  • 12:30 PM: Welcome, Opening Remarks
  • 1:00 PM: Hacking Begins!
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Afternoon Office Hours
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Workshop - "So you wanna give a product pitch?"
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Avanade Networking Event
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Keynote Speaker -"Innovation with a Purpose"
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Evening Office Hours
  • 8:00 PM: Team Check In
  • 10:00 PM: Games
Sunday, March 28 - SASEhack Spring 2021
  • 12:00 AM - 12:30 AM: Midnight Radio Taiso
  • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Morning Coffee Break
  • 10:00 AM: Final Stretch Office Hours
  • 12:00 PM: Project Submission Deadline, Hacking Ends
  • 1:00 PM: Live Demo Presentations & Judging
  • 4:30 PM: Awards and Closing*

*Closing time subject to change


Education Technology


*You may select up to 1 challenge topic. You do not have to have a solution that covers both topics.

  • Student Experience: How can we improve the student learning experience, whether it be at home or in the classroom? Develop a solution that would increase the effectiveness of student learning. Consider how technology can be used to increase engagement, improve information retention, build organization skills, or decrease stress.
  • Remote Learning: How can we make learning new information and skills more accessible? Develop a solution that would ease the transition of learning from in-classroom to virtual and improve student retention rates. Consider how technology can be used by both students and teachers to enhance virtual learning, as well as accommodate various learning styles and strengths.

Sub-Challenge: Incorporate the application of the AI/Cloud platform (i.e. Azure, AWS, Google Cloud) into your project solution. How might it improve the student learning experience?


Thor Schueler | Senior Director, Innovation @ Avanade

"Innovation with a Purpose"


Tu Huynh, Sr. Analyst Back-End Development @ Avanade

David Harvey, Sr. Director of Infrastructure Architecture @ Avanade

Ryan Supak, Application Architecture Group Manager @ Avanade

Connor Hawthorne, Consultant in Mobile Development @ Avanade

Brandon Mar, Solutions Developer @ Avanade

Hackathon Sponsors


$2,000 in prizes

Grand Prize

$750 evenly divided between team members

Runner-Up Prize

$500 evenly divided between team members

Best Beginner Hack (opt-in)

24oz Hydroflask and choice of either Amazon, Starbucks, or Apple $20 gift card for each team member (To qualify: at least 2 members must be first-timers)

Best use of a AI/Cloud service (opt-in)

(i.e. Azure/AWS/Google Cloud)
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera and choice of either Amazon, Starbucks, or Apple $20 gift card for each team member

Hacker Favorite

SASE Microfleece ½-Zip Pullover for each team member (polling during awards)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


1) Must be part of a SASE chapter. (for inquiries, contact us at sasehack@saseconnect.org)

2) Must be high school or college student (undergrad or grad) at the time of the event. During check-in on Discord, participants will be asked to fill out a sign-in form that asks to submit proof of student status.

3) Participants must be residing in the United States.

4) Teams must have at least 2 members and at most 4 members. 

5) Hacks must have started at SASEhack. Any prior work may not be used at SASEhack, but prior ideas are welcome!


Develop a hack that addresses one of the two challenges outlined above!

Software hacks are highly encouraged to develop for SASEhack SPR 2021 as we are unable to provide resources for hardware-based projects due to our virtual environment.


Virtual Submissions:

  • Teams will submit their project solutions through Devpost.

  • View the SASEhack 2020 project gallery for submission examples.
  • Pre-recorded videos are OPTIONAL and must be no longer than 3 minutes.

Live Demos: 1:00pm ET

  • At the submission deadline, teams will be asked to fill out a demo sheet to determine the order of live demo presentations.

  • Teams will demo their projects in front of judges and other attendees via Zoom, followed by a brief Q&A.

  • The demonstration + Q&A must last no longer than 7 minutes.

  • Following completion of all demos, judges will break out to evaluate the submissions. 

    • In the meantime, hackers are encouraged to view team submissions on Devpost and prepare to vote on Hacker Favorite. (polling during Awards ceremony)


  1. Enter the name of your hack.

  2. Add ALL your team members to your Devpost submission

  3. Tell us about your hack! Be sure to include any relevant images and include the video (if applicable) in your description.

  4. Include a link to your hack (if applicable)

  5. Submit before the deadline! No later than 12:00pm ET, March 28th.

Video (if applicable)

Pitch your project within 3 minutes! Devpost accepts links to YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku. Videos may be recorded through external platforms such as Zoom, MS Teams, or additional recording platforms that your team sees fit. Please take into consideration recording/edit time when allocating time to your project and submission.

File Upload

The platform allows you to upload one file. However, you may combine your files into a single ZIP file if you so choose. Make sure to begin uploading well in advance from the submission deadline to accommodate for any technical issues that come up during upload.

Be sure to specify which challenge topic your project is addressing!


***Note: Judging System may be adjusted depending on the number of team submissions received.



Linh Nguyen

Linh Nguyen
Business Leadership Executive, Avanade

Miranda Hill

Miranda Hill
Sr. Director of Growth & Advisory, Avanade

Sandeep Kaushal

Sandeep Kaushal
Sr. Director Software Engineering, Avanade

Sean Lowery

Sean Lowery
Enterprise Technology Architect, Avanade

Robert Carroll

Robert Carroll
Software Engineering Group Manager, Avanade

Victor Keegan

Victor Keegan
Client Director, Avanade

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Merit (20%)
    - Project is functional - Clear understanding of target challenge and applied technological solution
  • Innovation (20%)
    - Project solution is original - Idea is unique or creative take on an existing solution - Solution makes use of provided resources or multiple technologies
  • Impact (20%)
    - Project solution is well-thought out and addresses targeted challenge(s) - Has intuitive design, polished UI
  • Practicality (15%)
    - Team understands who benefits from their concept - Solution can be implemented in a practical manner - Project is likely to be accepted and easily used by the community
  • Quality of Presentation (25%)
    - Clear presentation of solution - Team is able to explain their work and how they came to their solution - There is presence of teamwork and integration

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