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.
$56,135 in prizes
Best Overall Hack (Top 3) (3)
The best hack of the competition, by a number of different criteria. Not only is it novel, interesting, and useful, but it is also technically sound and exciting to many.
Most Fundable Hack
This is the project most likely to sponsor HackHarvard four years from now! You could imagine this surviving the hackathon and becoming a thing. We'll be considering pitch, the team’s expression of interest in pursuing further development, originality and innovation in product, and polish.
Most Intrinsically Motivated Hack
If this prize didn't exist, this hack wouldn't get a prize. It's not showy or flashy, but it's sweet. Of all the hacks in this category, it demonstrates the most independence from the “competition,” and the most drive towards a genuine goal.
Best Hardware Hack
This hack is the best demonstration of using hardware in a new, exciting, and/or creative way.
The Hacker Spirit Award
This hack uses something the way it wasn't intended. It shares information openly, does something for its own sake, and/or finds creative solutions to mundane problems.
Most Useless Hack
The opposite of the most fundable hack. You built something absolutely useless, yet somehow still cool or clever enough to win a prize. You probably had a lot of fun at this hackathon!
[Ripple] Best Interledger Protocol API Hack (2)
The best two hacks using Ripple's Interledger Protocol API as determined by the Ripple judging team will win prizes of $10,000 in XRP and $5,000 in XRP, respectively. Attend Ripple's tech talk at 9pm on Friday Oct 19 in SOCH P-14, or talk to their mentors for bootstrapping information!
[MassCEC] Best Clean Transportation Hack
The best clean transportation hack that will
help replace or reduce the use of fossil fuels in the transportation sector. (Sponsored by MassCEC)
[Capital One] Best Financial Hack
The best hack related to finance or solving a financial problem. $250 Amazon gift cards for each member. (Sponsored by Capital One)
Best use of Algolia
Casio CA-506C-5A Calculator Watch for each team member
Best use of Google Cloud Platform
Google Home Minis for each team member
Best Domain Name from Domain.com
Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member
Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device
410C Dragonboard for each team member
Best use of HERE.com
Hacker gear and swag from HERE.com
Best use of Authorize.net
LS20 Gaming Headsets for each team member
[Facebook] Hack that Best Builds Strong Communities
Our engineers will be judging based on criteria that is focused around Facebook’s Social Mission to determine the best hack for building community, connecting the world, or taking on interesting problems that Facebook is tackling (e.g. fake news, elections, privacy, community).
Prize is an Oculus Go for each member of the winning team.
[Kensho] Best Use of Kensho Knowledge Graph API (2)
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x or Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones for each member of the winning team. A $50 Amazon gift card for each member of the runner-up team.
[Wix] Best Use of Wix Code
The team that best uses Wix Code in their project will receive one Macbook Pro per team member!
[Microsoft] Azure Champ Challenge
Visit the Microsoft booth to learn more about how you can enter the Azure Champ challenge. The winning team will receive 4 Xbox One X 1 TB consoles, and a chance to compete in Imagine Cup 2019!
[Weekly Challenge] Best Social Good Hack from Fidelity
$50 Gift Cards from Fidelity for each team member
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Co-Founder of Compose Labs Inc.
Co-Founder and CEO of Piccolo Labs
Co-Founder and CTO of Piccolo Labs
Co-Founder of Inokyo
How original is this idea, in your experience?
How thoroughly does this hack solve the stated problem? Can you identify edge cases that would break the hack?
Was creating this hack technically difficult?
Is this hack designed to most optimally solve the stated problem?
Can someone not involved in creating the hack, but with reasonable computer science experience, use the hack effectively?