Welcome to the seventeenth biannual HackRU, hosted at Rutgers University. Visit https://hackru.org/ for more information.

You are allowed to submit your hack to be considered for one track (Social Good, Health, Education or Maverick). Submitting to more than one track will lead to an automatic disqualification.

Each team is allowed to submit their project for as many superlative prizes as their hack applies to.

 

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$6,240 in prizes

Social Good Track (2)

Each team member of the best hack will receive: Apple AirPods* OR an Ergonomic Laptop Stand

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: a $95 Allbirds Gift Card* OR a Fujifilm Instax Polaroid Camera

*requires extra form to be filled out

Health Track (2)

Each team member of the best hack will receive: a Fitbit Alta HR* OR a Hydroflask

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: a 1080p 21.5 in Acer Monitor* OR an Echo Dot (4th Generation)

*requires extra form to be filled out

Education Track (2)

Each team member of the best hack will receive: Beats Solo 3* OR Fire 7 Tablet

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: Smartphone Polaroid Printer* OR Fire TV Stick

*requires extra form to be filled out

Maverick Track (2)

For any hack that doesn't fit in any of the other three tracks.

Each team member of the best hack will receive: JBL Flip 5* OR Logitech G502 Hero High Performance Gaming Mouse

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit* OR a JORLAI Bluetooth Vinyl Turntable

*requires extra form to be filled out

Best Solo Hack

Superlative Prize: For hacks made by a single person

The winner will receive a Logitech G332 Stereo Gaming Headset

RUSA Presents: Best Rutgers Hack

Superlative Prize: For hacks that address issues impacting the student body

Each team member will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card

Best Newbie Hack

Superlative Prize: For hacks created by first time hackers

Each team member will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card

Best Failure to Launch

Superlative Prize: For hacks that fail at the last minute

Each team member will receive the party game, Throw Throw Burrito by Exploding Kittens

Best Twitch Plays

Superlative Prize: For hacks that are the best use of HackRU's Twitch Plays Library. See the following resources: https://github.com/HackRU/twitch-plays
https://pypi.org/project/twitch-plays-hackru/

Each team member will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card

Best UI/UX Design

Superlative Prize: For hacks that have aesthetically pleasing and intuitive UI/UX

Each team member will receive a XP-Pen StarG640 6x4 Inch Ultrathin Tablet Drawing Tablet

Best use of Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using Domain.com during the weekend.

Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack

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. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud.

Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini.

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Participants must be over 18 years in age and a student.

Participants must have registered on www.hackru.org

Requirements

You must be a registered HackRU participant to submit a project through Devpost, provide a link to the shared repository you used and the slack names of the team members for your submission. 

The max team size is 4 people. Each team member must have a Devpost account and be listed as a contributor on the project submission.

During the judging period, the team must be available on slack to answer any questions.

All projects must be made from the start of hacking, 1 pm on Nov 7th, till the end of hacking, 1 pm Nov 8th. You are not allowed to submit a project that has been built before the start of hacking or a project built at/submitted for another hackathon.

When submitting your project make sure to submit a demo video, and answer the questions on the submission page.

You are allowed to submit your hack to be considered for one track (Social Good, Health, Education or Maverick). Submitting to more than one track will lead to an automatic disqualification.

Each team is allowed to submit their project for as many superlative prizes as their hack applies to.

Each team is only allowed to submit a single project.

Any hack that fails to meet any of the above requirements or the eligibility requirements will be disqualified and not be considered for a prize.

Be sure to specify the track you want to be considered for otherwise you will not be considered for a track prize.

Judges

Fady Besada

Fady Besada

Brandon Mazur

Brandon Mazur

Madhu Sivaraj

Madhu Sivaraj

Kobi Lee

Kobi Lee

Joe Holdom

Joe Holdom

Arya Kulkarni

Arya Kulkarni

Ozaner Hansha

Ozaner Hansha

Heena Desai

Heena Desai

Andrew Gallagher

Andrew Gallagher

Dhruvil Patel

Dhruvil Patel

Gabe Weinbrenner

Gabe Weinbrenner

Aniqa Rahim

Aniqa Rahim

Max Handler

Max Handler

Matt Tuazon

Matt Tuazon

Isabella Pham

Isabella Pham

Aakash Kakadiya

Aakash Kakadiya

Judging Criteria

  • Functionality
    Does the hack work as intended?
  • Creativity
    Is the idea unique? If not, then is it independent from other thought?
  • Design
    Is the hack aesthetically pleasing and intuitive to use?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Was the project technically challenging to execute. Does require a higher or deeper level of understanding?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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