HackCU 2020

Like to write programs? Dig into interesting datasets? Design creative works? Or maybe you’ve never written a line of code? We will provide the space and the resources for you to express your creativity, ingenuity, and determination to create anything you want to. Whether you’re building your first website, dabbling in Photoshop, or hacking with an Oculus Rift, HackCU is for you. HackCU is for people of all backgrounds and experiences. So, come and join us!

 

This year, we have our own tracks (as well as sponsor tracks listed in the Prizes section).

 

General:

HackCU’s general challenge includes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners. This challenge will be evaluated based on the overall creativity of the team and their project, questions selected by HackCU organizers, as well as any additional criteria mandated by the judges. 

All Beginner:

Hackathons are a great way for beginners in technology—from the workshops to software resources provided by HackCU, we want first-time hackers to learn and build a project first hand. This track will assess the best hack created by a team of all beginner hackers.

 

Best UX/UI:

As crucial as the technology behind a project is, for the best engagement from users it is necessary to have a good user interface that not only fits the needs of the user but also enhances their experience. The track will be judged based on the aesthetic nature of the project’s user design, as well as how effectively it amplifies the purpose of the project.

 

Empowering Underrepresented People in Tech:

As a result of its endless reach, technology has the power to bring together people of different backgrounds, yet there have been many limitations in doing so due to bias in gender, race, sexual orientation, etc. This track aims to create a hack that empowers an underrepresented group of people.

 

Sustainability:

As the number of people facing the harsh consequences of climate change increases, sustainability continues to be a growing problem for the world that needs to be addressed. Hackers for this track will use their technical skills, as well, apply their critical thinking skills to develop a project that addresses a real-world environmental issue.

 

Social Impact:

Technology is a powerful tool that allows us to identify and combat real-world problems that billions of people face around the world today. This track will be assessed based on the project’s ability to propose a resolution for a social issue.

 

Most Random

What can you do that's most random? Go bananas!

 

 

 

View full rules

Prizes

$4,380 in prizes

Most Creative Usage of Twitter API

This prize aims to see how students can most creatively use Twitter. Winners will get a @TwitterDev blunt umbrella (each member).

General: 1st

1st place for General Track
MLH Medal
Galaxy Tabs
Topo Backpacks
Hydroflask Tumblers
A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro to everyone in your top teams

General: 2nd

2nd place for General Track
MLH Medal
Beats Wireless
Y-Pack Backpacks
Spotify Gift Cards
A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro to everyone in your top teams

General: 3rd

3rd place for General Track
MLH Medal
Hard Drives
Cord Organizers
Light pack backpacks
A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro to everyone in your top teams

General: 4th

4th place for General Track
MLH Medals
A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro to everyone in your top teams

General: 5th

5th place for General Track
A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro to everyone in your top teams

Social Impact

Awarded to the hack with the best social impact.
3 month Audible subscriptions
Rocketbooks
A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro to everyone in your top teams

Empowering Underrepresented People in Tech

Awarded to the best hack that empowers an underrepresented group of people in the tech field.
Backpacks
Dotted notebooks
Portable chargers

Sustainability

Awarded to the hack with the best appeal to sustainability.
Hydroflasks
Reusable straws
A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro to everyone in your top teams

All Beginner

Awarded to the best hack created by a team of first time hackers.
Cracking the Coding Interview
Portable Chargers
A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro to everyone in your top teams

Best UX/UI

Awarded to the hack with the best UX/UI
Rocketbooks
Design of Everyday Things
A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro to everyone in your top teams

Most Random

Awarded to the most random hack. Go bananas!
Github T-shirts
Hammocks
Exploding Kittens
A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition and Wolfram|Alpha Pro to everyone in your top teams

Best Use of Adobe XD (4)

Use Adobe XD in any of the HackCU categories, showcasing your ideas best digital design solution and user experience!
Prize: Adobe Creative Cloud | 1- Year License | for each team member. Winners will have the opportunity to demo their solutions to Adobe professionals.

Best Use of TapWithUS SDK 1st Place

Use TapWithUs SDKs to build a custom integration and control any device

Prize: Tap Strap For each team member

MLH: Best Use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud.

Prize: Google Home Mini

MLH: Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond.

Prizes: Domain.com Backpacks

MLH: Best UiPath Automation Hack

Build an automation hack using UiPath!

Prizes: Skip the internship line with UiPath and a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack

MLH: Best use of MongoDB Atlas

Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud!

Prizes: Branded MongoDB AirCharge Plus

Dish Network Challenge 1st Place

Create a system to incentivize students to anonymously share a data value. Examples are mobile usage data, test scores or any other data set. Judging criteria: innovative use of technology, business value and impact, completeness of implementation, clarity of presentation. Bonus points for use of zero knowledge technology!
Prize: $50 Sling gift card for each team member.

Best Use of TapWithUS SDK 2nd Place

2nd Prize - Tap Hat for each team member

Best Use of TapWithUS SDK 3rd Place

3rd prize - Tap t shirt for each team member. Winning hack will have the opportunity to be featured on all of our social channels and promoted to Tappers worldwide.

Dish Network Challenge 2nd Place

Create a system to incentivize students to anonymously share a data value. Examples are mobile usage data, test scores or any other data set. Judging criteria: innovative use of technology, business value and impact, completeness of implementation, clarity of presentation. Bonus points for use of zero knowledge technology! Prize: $50 Sling gift card for each team member.

Dish Network Challenge 3rd Place (3)

Create a system to incentivize students to anonymously share a data value. Examples are mobile usage data, test scores or any other data set. Judging criteria: innovative use of technology, business value and impact, completeness of implementation, clarity of presentation. Bonus points for use of zero knowledge technology! Prize: $50 Sling gift card for each team member.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Any student, 18 or older, is welcome to apply!

Judges

TBD

TBD

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack?
  • Design
    How intuitive is the user interface and experience?
  • Completion
    How complete is the hack and was the team able to accomplish what they wanted to achieve?
  • Learning
    How much did the team stretch themselves to learn something new?