HackRPI’s 6th annual 24-hour hackathon will help attendees develop their skills, explore new technologies, and turn their curiosities and visions into opportunities.

Summary

Looking to inspire and challenge innovators, developers, creators, and entrepreneurs in New York's Tech Valley and beyond, HackRPI’s 6th annual 24-hour hackathon will help attendees develop their skills, explore new technologies, and turn their curiosities and visions into opportunities.

Themes

Staying true to our mantra "why not change the world?", we're excited to introduce special tracks in Natural Disaster and MitigationArtificial Intelligence, and Accessibility in Education to tackle current problems in tech facing our world today.

Natural Disaster and Mitigation
Create an idea that helps first responders and/or civilians tackle the problems around identification of disasters and mitigating risks to build a sustainable society. You can even explore the idea of creating a solution that helps to address health and well-being.


Artificial Intelligence
Create a game-changing invention in the field of AI, including but not limited to speech recognition, decision-making, visual percep-tion, and translating languages. When it comes to innovations in AI, the sky’s the limit.


Accessibility in Education
Create an idea that improves the way education is accessed in some way. Recognizing the moral obligation to build a more conducive and inclusive education system will, in turn, create an ecosystem of a well-educated, skilled workforce that can build and grow companies and contribute to a better tech future.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

  • Food - Don't worry, it's on us! The HackRPI team will provide the endless sustinence to fuel your ideas. 
  • Sponsors - You've got support!  Professionals from the industry will be there with swag and mentorship. They're excited to see what you create.
  • Prizes - Oh yeah, we got 'em! Compete for awesome prizes, hand-picked by the HackRPI team and sponsors. 
  • Hacks - Build an awesome project from scratch with the help of engineers and mentors. Build your resume and bring your idea to life! 

View full rules

Prizes

$25,500 in prizes

Best Natural Disaster & Mitigation Hack (3)

Best Artificial Intelligence Hack

Best Accessibility to Education Hack

Best RPI Hack

Create a hack that solves an issue at RPI!

Best Business Model

Fill out and present your filled out business model template for a chance to win a prize for each teammate. This prize is more about the ability to pitch your hack than whether it works or not.

Best use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini. http://hackp.ac/gcp

Best Automation Hack with UiPath

Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with high recommendation!

http://hackp.ac/uipath-download

Best use of Twilio

Create a hack using Twilio's powerful communications API. Do things like send SMS messages, phone calls, email, and much more in your project. The team that has the best use of Twilio will win a $50 Amazon gift card per team member. http://hackp.ac/twilio

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Domain.com branded backpack. http://hackp.ac/domain

Best use of MongoDB Atlas

Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud! Automate the provisioning and deployment process with ease, while focusing all your efforts on your hack. Projects built using MongoDB Atlas will be eligible to win an AirCharge Plus per team member. http://hackp.ac/mongodb-signup

Best use of a .XYZ domain

Create a hack using a domain from .XYZ domains. The winning team receives 4 prizes bags. https://gen.xyz/register

Best use of Smart Technology

Funniest Hack

Most Original Hack

Wolfram Award (25)

A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

If you are over 18 or a college student, you are eligible to attend HackRPI.

If you attended and hacked at HackRPI, you are eligible to make a submission.

Teams cannot be larger than 4 people to qualify for HackRPI's prizes.  

Judges

Mukkai Krishnamoorthy

Mukkai Krishnamoorthy
RPI

Dr. Uzma Mushtaque

Dr. Uzma Mushtaque
RPI

Konstantin Kuzmin

Konstantin Kuzmin
RPI

Wesley D. Turner

Wesley D. Turner
RPI

Rick Chrisman

Rick Chrisman
FCA

Erik Saulnier

Erik Saulnier
Troy Web Consulting

Michael Schoelles

Michael Schoelles
RPI

Alex Gittens

Alex Gittens
RPI

Jason Kuruzovich

Jason Kuruzovich
RPI

Alexander Martin

Alexander Martin
GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Greg Hart

Greg Hart
GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Christopher Baudouin Jr.

Christopher Baudouin Jr.
MLH

Dennis Bly

Dennis Bly
IBM/CGIU

Susan Malaika

Susan Malaika
IBM/CGIU

Derek Teay

Derek Teay
IBM/CGIU

Pooja Misty

Pooja Misty
IBM/CGIU

Mofi Rahman

Mofi Rahman
IBM/CGIU

Alex Hsueh

Alex Hsueh
HackRPI

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    How original is your hack? Is this a novel idea or something that many people came across?
  • Practical and Useful
    What problem that you want to solve? How applicable is your hack to problems we're facing today?
  • Technical Difficulty
    How technically challenging is it? Which technologies did you use?
  • User Experience
    What impression do you get from the hack? Does it provide for a smooth user experience?
  • Future Plans
    Does it have ways it can be improved upon for the future?