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Welcome to the HackBU hackathon, Binghamton University's third annual hackathon! We hope you're excited for a great weekend! After 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, all teams are allowed to start working on their hacks. Hacking will end at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday morning, with all submissions due then.

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Prizes

First Place

Dell Venue 8 tablets, provided by MLH (1 per winner)
Bluetooth Foldable Keyboard (1 per winner)
$100 Team Dinner
Google Cardboard (1 per winner)

Second Place

Jambox Mini (1 per winner)
Google Cardboard (1 per winner)

Third Place

Amazon FireTV Stick/Google Chromcast (1 per winner)
Nano RC Quadcopter (1 per winner)
Google Cardboard (1 per winner)

Best Design

Best Hardware Hack

Funniest Hack

Best Valentine's Day Hack

"It Just Works"

Best Beginner Hack

Best use of AWS

1 TB HDD, provided by Amazon (1 per winner)

Best Domain Name Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com swag bag, including SparkFun RedBoard

Best Media-Related Hack (Viacom) (3)

Prize TBA

Best Algorithmic Hack (ACM)

Prize TBA

Most Innovative Hack (GE)

Awarded to the team solving a common problem in the most unconventional way, which reflects GE’s commitment to solving complex problems at a global scale.

Prize TBA

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • You must be at HackBU to work on a project for submission.
  • You cannot work on your project before the event begins.
  • You cannot steal another team's source code.
  • The decision of judges is final for determining prizes and awards.
  • Please comply with all instructions from HackBU organizers.

How to enter

Submit a project to ChallengePost as groups of up to four students. Ask an organizer if you have any questions.

Judges

Carl Domingo

Carl Domingo
Provider of Happiness, MLH

Nick Walsh

Nick Walsh
Debugger of Code, MLH

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson
Software Engineer, Bloomberg LP

Kimberly Martin

Kimberly Martin
People Operations, Hudson River Trading

Mike Popoloski

Mike Popoloski
Algo Engineer, Hudson River Trading

Shannon Lee

Shannon Lee
Core Developer, Hudson River Trading

Emily Goetz

Emily Goetz
Jr. Software Engineer, Viacom

Sarah Hoch

Sarah Hoch
IT Leadership Program, GE Power

Albin George

Albin George
GE

George Weinschenk

George Weinschenk
Binghamton University Professor

Patrick Madden

Patrick Madden
Binghamton University Professor

Judging Criteria

  • Execution
    Is the product functional? Does it accomplish its goal? Does it work as is, or does it require additional resources (code or data)? How easy is the product to use? How does the product look and feel?
  • Technical Impressiveness
    How technically difficult was the hack to implement? How much did it rely on open source libraries and APIs?
  • Innovation
    Is this a creative solution to a problem? Is this a new solution to a problem? Does the product innovate on design, user experience, or technical solutions?