Penn State's premiere 24 hour hackathon!

On April 9th, five-hundred students from across the region will come together for 24 hours of creation, innovation and fun. Anyone is welcome to join, from seasoned coding veterans to first-time hackers from any major or field. Discover how you can create change by developing technology to solve real world problems, get mentored by industry professionals, and enjoy tons of free food, free stuff, and awesome prizes!

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Prizes

$11,675 in prizes

1st Place Overall

Each member of the winning can submit an Amazon wishlist to HackPSU for up to $250, which will be sent to them. (Subject to restrictions)

2nd Place Overall

Each member of the winning can submit an Amazon wishlist to HackPSU for up to $150, which will be sent to them. (Subject to restrictions)

3rd Place Overall

Each member of the winning can submit an Amazon wishlist to HackPSU for up to $100, which will be sent to them. (Subject to restrictions)

Club Cup

Best hack made by a club! Winning club gets a pizza party and a $500 donation.

First Place MLH

Best prize awarded by MLH. Each member of the winning team will receive a Dell Venue 10 tablet.

Best Use of AWS

Best use of AWS judged by MLH. Each member of the winning team will receive a 1TB External Hard Drive.

Best domain.com

Best domain from domain.com as judged by MLH. Each member of the winning team will receive a domain.com swag bag.

Best Developer Tool

Best tool for developers as judged by MLH. Each member of the winning team will receive a Mona the Octocat statue.

Best Use of Vantiv API

Each member of the winning team will receive:
Roundtrip airface to Las Vegas for 2016 Money 20/20 Hackathon,
Entrance fee paid for each team member,
Vantiv Five for Flight t-shirt,
$200 Vantiv MasterCard promotional card for miscellaneous travel costs (food, transportation, etc.)

TechHiring - Best App for IT Recruiters OR Best App for IT Job Seekers

TechHiring is committed to developing solutions to make the process of hiring and getting hired easier. Our challenge is simple: develop and app that is useful to IT job seekers or Tech Recruiters. Each member of the winning team will receive an Amazon gift card.

Capital One - Best Use of Nessie API

You are the Bank, how will you reimagine banking? Each member of the winning team will receive a $250 Amazon gift card.

AccuWeather - How Can Weather Improve Our Lives?

Using AccuWeather's weather data, come up with a way of that this information can improve people's lives. Participants will have demo access to AccuWeather's API to leverage foundation Weather data for this Hack. The winning team will receive a $500 Amazon gift card.

Zonoff - Internet of Things

Develop a functioning IoT (Internet of Things) solution (or make clear progress on an Innovative IoT use case). Using a combination of hardware and software, demonstrate the flexible and automated control of one or more devices. Each member of the first place team will receive a $50 Particle Photon credit and a Zonoff t-shirt. Each member of the second place team will receive a $25 Particle Photon credit and Zonoff t-shirts.

IBM - Best use of Watson IoT

Use the IBM Watson in an IoT hack for the chance to win a Raspberry PI 3 kit and BlueMix backpack!

EdTech Challenge

Think of a challenge that students in higher education face. This could be anything such as an inefficient process, poor communications, roadtimes to learning, etc. Design a technology-based solution that will solve that problem. Be prepared to describe the challenge, as well as your proposed solution. Each member of the winning team will receive tickets to the Invent Penn State Venture & Intellectual Property Conference scheduled for Oct. 6-7, 2016 in State College, as well as a one-hour webinar featuring the winning team and their innovative idea as part of the COIL Conversation series.

Erie Insurance - VR Insurance Game

We want students to make a virtual reality game that is related to insurance and that would attract millennials. Some examples of games could be to demonstrate the effects of drunk driving, texting and driving, or distracted driving in general. If the students have a different idea that they feel is relevant and related to insurance, we would be open to that as well. The winning team will receive a $500 Amazon gift card.

LabView Challenge

Incorporate LabVIEW in your project! Use LabVIEW in pursuit of any challenge and be entered to win an additional prize from National Instruments (see prize details below). Winning entries will use LabVIEW more extensively, creatively, and effectively! Feel free to utilize existing libraries and examples, but end result must be considered original work. Each member of the winning team will receive a LabVIEW Physical Computing Kit with chipKIT WF32.

HackHarassment Challenge

Help create a solution that will allow us to capture social interactions, identify and tag if it's harassment. You can start from existing available data sources and APIs, but a solution must be scalable across many online applications and can be tested to identify Harassment or not through unique and innovative algorithms. Each member of the winning team will receive a Fossil Q Reveler Black Leather Activity Tracker.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Scott Woods

Scott Woods
West Arete

Emma Roudabush

Emma Roudabush

Justin Merrell

Justin Merrell
Catalyst Space

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity and Originality - 10 points
    How different is the design from current solutions? Does it approach the problem from an unusual or different perspective? How creative is the problem statement? Does the solution address a problem which is novel, original and not-obvious?
  • Technical Skills - 5 points
    Was the solution technically challenging? (Taking into account team size and measured relative to competition) How intricate was the solution? Did the solution pose a challenge to the group?
  • Implementation - 15 points
    Was the solution effective in addressing the problem? Was the solution easy to operate for the target demographic? (user friendliness) Is the solution needlessly complex? Overall, is the solution viable in addressing the problem statement?
  • Clarity - 3 points
    Was the team able to convey their ideas in a way understandable to the audience? Were the topics accessible to the audience? Were all obscure acronyms or jargon explained?
  • Organization - 3 points
    Did the presentation follow a logical flow? Was the stricture of the presentation appropriate for the content?
  • Participation - 2 points
    Did all team members participate in the conversation? How were transitions handled? Did the team act as a unit or was contribution mostly individual?
  • Knowledge - 12 points
    How effectively did the team handle questions? Did the team demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter?