Sony Semiconductor Solutions Group (SSS) is sponsoring 

free SPRESENSE™ hardware kits for a series of hackathons

If you represent a university, college, or other higher education institution, we invite you to apply.

Hackathon Kit

10x Spresense mainboard + extension board

Exclusive prizes, swags and merchandise  

Direct access to Sony tech experts 

** All hackathon projects will be eligible to enter into a final selection and judging to win the “Sony University Hackathon Series 2023 Grand Prize”

Grand Prize 

Sony VR2

Video interview with Alex Glow of Hackster

Feature in Hackster News and Sony’s Developer Blog

Local Prize 

noise canceling ear-buds

 Noise Canceling Wireless Earbuds

How to Participate

Apply to host a hackathon 


You can work with an existing hack league on campus or create your own event. Application deadline May 31, 2023.

Receive your hackathon kit


Once your application is approved, Hackster will send you the hackathon kit and resources for you to successfully organize and host your event. 

Host your hackathon


You will organize your 24-48 hour hackathon, create your own community hub on Hackster for submitting projects. 


Pick your local winner

After the hackathon, you will have more time to refine the project and evolve your prototype. You will have 40 days after the hackathon to pick your winner, and Hackster will send the winner the first-level local prize. The winner is also eligible to enter into the grand prize competition.

Join the grand prize competition (Feb 2024)


All the local winners will be invited to participate in the grand prize competition. Sony judges will choose the best project of the year. 

Get Inspired

Built with SPRESENSE™

Music Instruments

Ocean IoT

Smart Agriculture

Space Exploration


Getting started with SPRESENSE™

Online Support Community

Join our Hackster's Discord Server in the #SonySpresense channel and Sony's Official Forum to connect with other Sony developers! 

Sensing Solutions University collaboration Program

The program offers real collaboration opportunities for a network of partners, from university labs to teaching facilities. It encourages and supports research collaboration in the area of sensing solutions, and promotes innovation and education.

Are you interested to discover the SSUP activities?