Oct 19-21st at Harvard!

Join us for the fifth iteration of HackHarvard, a 36-hour hackathon hosted on Harvard University's historic campus. This year our theme is Bold Strokes. 

Da Vinci was a masterful engineer, inventor of countless machines, but his story is incomplete without mentioning his arguably more famous contributions to art with paintings like the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Benjamin Franklin is best known as a prolific writer and Founding Father of the United States, but before government he made significant discoveries in electricity as a scientist. 

Technology and art are tightly wound together throughout the course of history. Both require imagination, an interpretation of the world around us, and a willingness to set aside time to practice our art. The modern easel is no longer just for paint on canvas: the code we write and the systems we build are another form of expression, cousins to classical art for our information age. 

At HackHarvard 2018, we want you to paint with bold strokes. Take to that canvas, whether it's Atom or Sublime, VIM or EMACS, and put a bit of yourself into whatever you build. Bring an idea and get started on your masterpiece.

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Judges

Anant Jain

Anant Jain
Co-Founder of Compose Labs Inc.

Marlon Misra

Marlon Misra
Co-Founder and CEO of Piccolo Labs

Neil Raina

Neil Raina
Co-Founder and CTO of Piccolo Labs

Rameez Remsudee

Rameez Remsudee
Co-Founder of Inokyo

Shannon Zhu

Shannon Zhu
Facebook

Michael Suo

Michael Suo
Facebook

Keenan Monks

Keenan Monks
Facebook

Carl Gao

Carl Gao
Facebook

Tiffany Wu

Tiffany Wu
Facebook

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    How original is this idea, in your experience?
  • Depth
    How thoroughly does this hack solve the stated problem? Can you identify edge cases that would break the hack?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Was creating this hack technically difficult?
  • Design
    Is this hack designed to most optimally solve the stated problem?
  • Usability
    Can someone not involved in creating the hack, but with reasonable computer science experience, use the hack effectively?