This is our first virtual hackathon and we can’t wait to produce a brand new experience for our hackers. The event will highlight the new ideologies we developed through this pandemic. We believe that in times of chaos, there is opportunity. Let’s develop programs, build applications, and find solutions to change our society for the better.

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Prizes

$3,850 in prizes

[SF Hacks] Best Overall Hack (1st Place Hack)

This prize goes to the best overall hack of the hackathon. All projects automatically qualify for this category (besides Beginner Hack projects)

Prizes:
- $1000 in prizes
- Signed Certificate

[SF Hacks] 2nd Place Hack

This prize goes to the second best overall hack of the hackathon. All projects automatically qualify for this category (besides Beginner Hack projects)

Prizes:
- $500 in prizes
- Signed Certificate

[SF Hacks] 3rd Place Hack

This prize goes to the third best overall hack of the hackathon. All projects automatically qualify for this category (besides Beginner Hack projects)

Prizes:
- $250 in prizes
- Signed Certificate

[SF Hacks] Best Beginner Hack

This is a prize for the best beginner hack of the hackathon.

Individuals who submit to the Best Beginner Hack will be judged separately from the overall best hacks, and less intensely. If you submit to this category your hack will not qualify for the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prizes.

Prizes:
- $750 in prizes
- Signed Certificate

[SF Hacks] Best UI/UX Hack

This prize goes to the hack with the best UI/UX.

The team will be awarded with
- 1 One-year Adobe XD Subscription (For the whole team, $600 value)
- $250 in Other prizes

[SF Hacks] Best Mobile Hack

This prize goes to the best mobile development hack.

Prizes:
- $500 in Prizes
- Signed Certificate

[Google Cloud Platform // MLH] Best Use of Google Cloud (2)

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.
There will be a 1st and 2nd place prize.
Winners for this category will be announced Tuesday March 9th.

Submission Requirements:
- Summary write up:
What products were used and why?
Overall goal with the project.
- Video
2-3 min demo video

1st Place Team Members receive:
- Patagonia Backpack
- Water Bottle

2nd Place Team Members receive:
- Google Cloud Gift Boxes

[MLH] Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack.

Each of the members of the winning team will receive:
- PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger
- Domain.com Backpack

[MLH] 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 an embedded Arduino compatible board.

1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

Each of the winning team members will receive:
- Grove Beginner Kit

[HyperX] Best Gaming Life Hack

About HyperX: HyperX is a gaming gear brand committed to making sure every gamer feels they are included. No matter who you are, or what you play, WE'RE ALL GAMERS.

This prize goes to the team that submits the best gaming life hack. (Max team-size of 4)

Each of the winning team members will receive:
- An Alloy FPS RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
- A Pulsefire FPS Gaming Mouse

[echoAR] Best Use of echoAR

About echoAR: echoAR is a cloud platform for augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) that provides tools and server-side infrastructure to help developers & companies quickly build and deploy 3D apps.

This prize goes to the team who demonstrates the best use of echoAR's API.

The winning team will receive:
- A $50 gift card

Each of the winning the team members will receive:
- Free 3-month Business Tier access to echoAR
- Their project featured on echoAR's "Inspiration" page

[Microsoft] Best Use of Azure

About Microsoft Azure: Invent with purpose, realize cost savings, and make your organization more efficient with Microsoft Azure's open and flexible cloud computing platform.

This prize goes to the best use of Microsoft's Azure API.

Each of the winning team members will win:
- A Microsoft Backpack
- Microsoft Swag

[Notivize] Best Use of Notivize

About Notivize: Notivize allows product teams to implement, analyze, and iterate notification rules (email, SMS, and in-app) without writing a single line of code.

This prize goes to the best use of Notivize's API.

The winning team will receive:
- $500
- A 1 year subscription to Notivize's services

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Participants: Any individual attending high school or a form of higher education.
  • Countries: Any!

Requirements

When submitting you must submit a 2-3 minute video along with a description of your project. This description should include what your project was, what you used to build it, and why you built it how you did. Also include your Team Name in submission.

Judges

Arno Puder

Arno Puder
Chair of the Department of Computer Science at San Francisco State University

Alon Grinshpoon

Alon Grinshpoon
CEO and founder of echoAR

Pavel Mineev

Pavel Mineev
Lead Software Engineer at June Homes

Ilia Kniazev

Ilia Kniazev
Software Engineer at Tinkoff Bank

Ranjith Kumaran

Ranjith Kumaran
Founder of and Advisor to Venture-Backed Startups

Isabel Song

Isabel Song
Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Advisor at SFSU

Ruofei Du

Ruofei Du
Research Scientist at Google

Shahrukh Humayoun

Shahrukh Humayoun
Assistant Professor of Computer Science at SFSU.

Abdur Sikder

Abdur Sikder
Computer Science Lecturer at SFSU

Milo Johnson

Milo Johnson
Instructor at SFSU and Ph.D Student in Michael Desai's Lab at Harvard

Jesus del Valle

Jesus del Valle
Physicist and Biologist leading a team at Bayer R&D Open Innovation

Rohan Sampath

Rohan Sampath
Co-founder and CEO at Copilot

Nikita Starichenko

Nikita Starichenko
Professional Software Engineer

Viktor Vikhrov

Viktor Vikhrov
Android Developer at Yandex

Fabian Badillo

Fabian Badillo
Program Manager at Microsoft

Vitalii Honcharuk

Vitalii Honcharuk
Lead Software Engineer

Judging Criteria

  • Functionality
    How functional did the hack look during the demo? How complete is the hack? Did the team give thought to product usability or design pitfalls?
  • Creativity
    Does this hack have a "wow" factor? How original was the idea?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Was this borderline-impossible, or plug-and-play? How challenging was it for the team to complete in the three day period?
  • Theme Comparison
    Does this project qualify as a "Life Hack"? Does it fall under any of our tracks: home, health, communication, or education?

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