Wharton Hack-AI-thon

Co-hosted by AI at Wharton, Analytics at Wharton, and the Wharton AI and Analytics Club

Providing students with hands-on opportunities to work on various use cases of AI

Join us for the inaugural Wharton Hack-AI-thon, a co-curricular program that provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to explore and innovate with artificial intelligence. 

No AI experience? No problem! This groundbreaking event, sponsored by leading AI and analytics entities at Wharton, welcomes students of all skill levels to explore and innovate with AI. Whether you’re an AI novice or a seasoned tech enthusiast, this is your chance to develop practical solutions, learn from experts, and make your mark in the rapidly evolving field of AI technology.

Register as a team and bring a mix of talents and perspectives! Our workshops and mentors will provide the guidance you need to be successful in this event. The Wharton Hack-AI-thon will launch with an in-person event on Friday, April 5 and culminate with in-person student presentations on Friday, April 12.

Registration coming soon!

Reasons to Participate


Hands-On AI Integration

Gain experience in applying AI in diverse scenarios


Professional Networking

Connect with industry judges and UPenn faculty in AI


Recognition and Prizes

Showcase your talent and win cash prizes from $200-$1,000

How it Works

Who Is Eligible?
Penn and Wharton students, from undergrad to PhD, are eligible to participate. No prior AI experience is required.

Register as a team by Sunday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Each team should have 3-5 students currently enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania. Teams can register for one of two tracks:

  • Technical Track: Create an App Using the OpenAI API
    • Tools Provided: OpenAI API, Gradio, Hugging Face
  • Prompt Engineering Track: Innovate with Generative AI Using Prompt Engineering
    • Tools Provided: ChatGPT and similar AI platforms

There will be a total of 30 teams: 20 technical and 10 prompt engineering. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attend the Kick-Off Event on April 5
Attend the keynote address by Professor Stefano Puntoni, Faculty Co-Director of AI at Wharton, followed by two exclusive workshops on OpenAI API use and prompt engineering. Lunch will be provided. During the event, teams will receive the instructions for their respective tracks as well as judging criteria.

On this day, teams will also receive (1) access to a brand new Analytics at Wharton “Intro to AI” online course, (2) a FREE DataCamp subscription, and (3) access to the Wharton Hack-AI-thon Slack Workspace for Hack-AI-thon communications.

Engineer Your Prompt or App
Spend the next six days engineering your prompt or building your app. Teams are required to submit the following through Survey Monkey Apply by Friday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET:

  • Technical Track – presentation, code, documentation, and relevant files
  • Prompt Engineering Track – presentation, documentation, and relevant files

Present Your App or Prompt to a Panel of Judges on April 12
Deliver your final presentation in person to a panel of industry and faculty experts in AI. Judging criteria will be shared with teams during the kick-off event on April 5. Teams must be present to win.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.


1st Place Team
2nd Place Team
3rd Place Team


March 31: Teams must register by 11:59 p.m. ET
Friday, April 5: Hack-AI-thon Kick-Off Event
  • 10:00 – 10:15 AM ET: Keynote by Stefano Puntoni, Professor of Marketing, Faculty Co-Director, AI at Wharton
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM ET: Exclusive workshops on OpenAI API use and prompt engineering
    • OpenAI API Programming Workshop: Master the OpenAI API
      This workshop is designed for Hack-AI-thon participants, offering a step-by-step guide to using the OpenAI API. Focusing on practical application, it covers everything from basic setup to advanced features, ensuring you can integrate AI into your Hack-AI-thon project. You’ll also learn how to use Gradio to create interactive, user-friendly interfaces, a valuable skill for developing your Hack-AI-thon app.  No prior experience with the OpenAI API or Gradio is required.
    • Prompt Engineering Workshop: Learn the nuances of effective communication with AI
      Tailored for Hack-AI-thon contenders, this workshop teaches the art of prompt engineering. You’ll learn how to craft effective prompts to get precise results from AI tools, enhancing the functionality and creativity of your Hack-AI-thon submission. This session includes hands-on practice and is perfect for applying AI in innovative ways during the Hack-AI-thon.
  • 12:00 PM ET: Hack-AI-thon kick-off and lunch
April 5 – April 12: Student teams work, office hours for questions
Friday, April 12:  Hack-AI-thon Presentations and Judging
  • 9:30 AM ET: Deadline for team materials (e.g. presentation, code, other resources) to be submitted
  • 10:00 – 11:30 AM ET: Team presentations 
  • 11:30 – 12:00 PM ET: Judges deliberation
  • 12:00 PM ET: Lunch
  • 12:30 – 12:45 PM ET: Winners announced, prizes awarded