Caltech's annual hackathon

An interdisciplinary hackathon on Caltech's campus featuring hackers from all around the world!

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Prizes

$49,037 in prizes

Best Use of Microsoft Technology

A Surface Pro 4 for every member of the winning team.

Best Use of Wolfram Technologies

Access to Wolfram Development Platform and Wolfram Alpha Pro.

Best Use of Twilio API

A Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App Controlled Robot for each member of the winning team.

Most Innovative Hack using Synaptics Touchscreen

$1500 in cash to be divide amongst the team.

Best Game/Entertainment Hack

Each member on the winning team will receive a $50 Steam Gift Card.

Best Hardware Hack

Each member of the winning team will get a Pebble Time Smartwatch.

Best Data Driven Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a mini projector.

Best IoT Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a quadcopter with HD camera.

Best Education Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a bluetooth speaker.

#HackHarassment

Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bags

Best Beginner Hack

A $2000 scholarship to Make School's Summer Academy for each member of the winning team.

Best iOS Hack

A $2000 scholarship to Make School's Summer Academy for each member of the winning team.

Most Innovative Hack using Synaptics Fingerprint Sensor

$1500 in cash to be divided amongst the team.

Best Use of iRobot Create-2 Robots

An iRobot Roomba 960 for every member of the winning team. Prize guidelines will be distributed on Friday Night, please visit the iRobot Booth.

Best Use of Google App Engine (2)

Each member of the first place team get $1000 in Google App Engine Credits and a Google Home. Each member of the second place team gets a Google Swag Bag.

Best Use of Google Cloud ML (2)

Each member of the first place team get $1000 in Google App Engine Credits and a Google Home. Each member of the second place team gets a Google Swag Bag.

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$30 AWS Credit

Best Potato Hack

The winning team will be awarded one onion to share.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Julia Ma

Julia Ma
Software Engineer @ Google, Working on Survey Platform

Tyson Mao

Tyson Mao
CEO of Hadron Labs

Fred Zhao

Fred Zhao
Software Engineer @ Facebook, Sharing Team

Phi Dang

Phi Dang
Software Engineer @ Facebook, Live Video Team

Paul Dapolito

Paul Dapolito
Software Engineer @ Facebook, Video Encoding Infrastructure Team

Dave Zito

Dave Zito
CEO of Stealth Robotics/AI Company

Brian Catanzaro

Brian Catanzaro
Medtech Consultant

Claire Ralph

Claire Ralph
Lecturer in Computing and Mathematical Sciences @ Caltech

Stephen Zheng

Stephen Zheng
Machine Learning Grad Student @ Caltech

Judging Criteria

  • Usability
    How usable is your hack in its current state? Strive to create a functioning project even if it doesn't have a ton of features!
  • Creativity
    How creative is your hack? Try to approach the problem you are trying to solve from a novel angle!
  • Polish
    Is your hack polished? Create a streamlined hack that looks as great as it functions!