Penn State's Premiere Hackathon! Come Learn, Build & Share.

On November 12th, four-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

$29,300 in prizes

HackPSU - 1st Place Overall

Each member of the winning can submit an Amazon wishlist to HackPSU for up to $300, which will be sent to them. (Subject to restrictions) and also receive MLH First Place Medal

HackPSU - 2nd Place Overall

Each member of the winning can submit an Amazon wishlist to HackPSU for up to $200, which will be sent to them. (Subject to restrictions) and also receives MLH Second Place Medal

HackPSU - 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) and also receive MLH Third Place Medal

Retro Hack

Create a hack using as few modern tools as possible. Extra points the smaller you hack is in size (i.e. 1024 KB hack)

Prize For Each Team Member: New NES game system for each member

MLH - #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.
Prize For Each Team Member: Hack Harassment Swag Bag

MLH - Best Use of AWS

Use any component of AWS in part of your hack. The more creative and extensive the use, the more points you get!
Prize for Each Team Member: 1 TB Hard Drives

COIL/EdTech Challenge

Create a technology-based solution to challenges you have faced as a student of higher education. (i.e. poor communication, roadblock to learning, etc)
Be prepared to describe your challenge, as well as your proposed solution.
Prizes For Each Team Member:
1. Tickets to the 2017 EdTech Summit
2. A one-hour webinar featuring the winning team and their innovative idea as part of the COIL Conversation series
3. A hosted lunch with select EdTech leaders at Penn State

Optum Challenge (3)

Build a technical solution/proof of concept that not only helps its users to stay informed and fit for now and their future, but also contributes to medical research and big data analytics. What if one technical solution could improve both an individual and an entire population at the same time?
Prizes For Each Team Member:
1. Portable Speaker
2. Fast Track Recruitment into Internship or Full-Time Position
3. Optum SWAG

Accuweather Challenge

Using AccuWeather’s weather data through their API, come up with a way of how this information can improve people’s lives.
Note: Participants will have demo access to AccuWeather’s API to leverage foundational weather data for this Hack.
Prize: $500 Amazon Gift Card

IBM - Watson Challenge (3)

Utilize IBM's Watson Services to develop an innovative solution to improve the student experience at Penn State.
Prize: TBD

National Instrument - LabVIEW Challenge

Use LabVIEW as part of your project, and be entered to win the National Instrument challenge! Winning entries will use LabVIEW more extensively, creatively, and effectively! Feel free to utilize existing libraries and examples! Originality is a MUST!
Prize For Each Team member: LabVIEW Physical Computing Kit for Raspberry Pi 2

MLH - Domain.com - Best Domain Name

Create the most creative, catchy or funny domain name using domain.com for your hack. Best if relatable to your hack!
Prize For Each Team Member: Domain.com Swag Bags

Thought For Food Challenge (2)

How do we feed 9 billion people by 2050? Thought For Food is a non-profit startup accelerator based around this idea. Do you have an idea that could change the future of agriculture?
Prize For All Team Member:
1st Place: Flight, Registration, and Room & Board for up to 3 people on the winning team, to attend the TFF Global Summit, to be held in Europe in May or June
2nd Place: Registration, and Room & Board for up to 3 people on the winning team, to attend the TFF Global Summit, to be held in Europe in May or June

Eligibility

  • All projects must be built on site at HackPSU by registered participants
  • Individuals over 18 years of age
  • Teams can consist of up to 5 participants            

Requirements

Build anything you desired, have fun and be creative. Submit it to devpost and show off your great project during the demo.
You MUST submit your project to devpost and demo the project to be eligible and considered for prizes.

Judges

Christian Baum

Christian Baum
Founder of New Leaf Initiative and co.space

Jessica Menold

Jessica Menold
Doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University

Arun Kumar

Arun Kumar
President of Penn State ACM

Avery Verhade

Avery Verhade
President of Penn State Association of Women in Computing

Bob Beaury

Bob Beaury
Interim director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship minor in the School of Engineering Design

Gerry Santoro

Gerry Santoro
Assistant Professor of Information Science & Technology

Alex Patin

Alex Patin
Founder of Musical Mind

Margarita Zobnina

Margarita Zobnina
Invent Penn State

Peter Whalen

Peter Whalen
Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    The harder the hack is to create, the more impressed we’ll be. We want to see the technologies used to bring hacks to life. Bonus points for using new, advanced technologies, or even technologies hackers created during the hackathon.
  • Design
    For the most part, one of the hardest parts in creating a hack is considering its aesthitics. We want to give credit to those hacks that are beautifully designed, bug-free, and easy to use.
  • Creativity
    Our goal at HackPSU is to inspire hackers to be innovative with their hacks. Any hacks that approach problems in a new way will be given special consideration.
  • Impact
    Sometimes, hacks tend to be more than just cool projects as they tend to be capable of disruption in some field or space. We’ll be looking out for hacks that are specifically useful to certain groups of people or entire fields.