HackPrinceton Fall 2018

Twice a year, HackPrinceton welcomes 600 developers and designers from across the country to create incredible software and hardware projects. For 36 hours this fall, from November 9th to 11th, we will provide a warm and collaborative environment for you to build out brilliant, innovative, and impactful ideas.

At HackPrinceton, you'll meet fellow hackers, learn new technologies, and work alongside seasoned mentors. We'll have free food, swag, workshops, lecture series, mentorship, prizes, game, free food, and more. Don't have a team, or even an idea? Don't worry! We'll give you the tools to build something incredible.

Whether you’re new to coding/design/hardware or a seasoned hacker, you have a place at HackPrinceton. All we expect is a passion for learning, a willingness to collaborate with people of different backgrounds, and a desire to benefit the world with technology. 

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Prizes

$13,960 in prizes

Best Overall

Judged by all expo judges, the best overall project will be selected for project difficulty, impact, and novelty.

The prize will be XBox 1S 1 TB Fortnite bundles.

Audience Choice

Winners for this category will be selected at the closing ceremony by public voting.

The prize will be Samsung 27" curved monitors.

Best Hardware

This category prize will go to the best hardware hack.

The prize for this track will be Google Home Hubs.

Best Design

This track will select for the project that demonstrated the most skillful use of design.

The prize for this track is HUION Wireless Drawing Tablets

Best Teamwork

This category is for the hack by the team that exhibits the best collaboration between hackers of different schools, backgrounds, years, etc. Teams of hackers who haven't worked before are encouraged!

The prize will be Wireless Polaroid Picture Printers.

Best Machine Learning Hack

This category will judge projects based on their use of machine learning.

The prize will be Roku Ultras.

Most Likely to Become a Startup

This category prize will go to a project that judges think have a viable chance of becoming a startup.

The prize will be Portable Projectors.

Best Healthcare Hack

The project that best addresses current issues in the medical and healthcare industry will be awarded a Google Home

Best Game

This category is for the best hack that is a fun or impressive game.

The prize is Sony Wireless Headphones.

Best VR/AR Hack

This category will award projects that demonstrate the best use of virtual or augmented reality.

The prize will be laptop stands with build-in phone stands.

Most Sustainable

This category will select projects based on their ability to promote sustainability and environmentally friendly measures.

The prize will be JBL Flip 3s.

Best First Hack

This project will be awarded to the best hack from teams where a majority of team-mates are attending a hackathon for the first time (at least 2 in a group of 4 or 3).

The prize will be foldable bluetooth keyboards.

Made My Day

The project with the greatest potential to generate an effective comedic effect will be awarded a BLUETOOTH BANANA PHONE!

Best Use of Standard Library - Sponsored by StdLib (2)

This prize will go to the team that uses the Standard Library platform in the best/most creative way.
Prize: A Nintendo Switch per teammate

Best Use of Stripe + Standard Library - Sponsored by StdLib

Awarded to the team that best integrates Stripe's APIs and Standard Library into their project.
Prize: A ~50' TV

Ark Blockchain Challenge - Sponsored by Ark.io (3)

The top 3 projects that use Blockchain Technology will be awarded exciting prizes including Ark Cryptocurrency and IoT Hardware from Particle.io
Prize:
1st Place: $1000 USD in ARK & 1 Particle Maker Kit
2nd Place: $500 USD in ARK & 1 Particle Maker Kit
3rd Place: $300 USD in ARK & 1 Particle Maker Kit

Best Use of Voice - Sponsored by Amazon

Most innovative demo of voice and conversational user interface
Prize: Echo Dot for each team member

Best Use of Data for Social Impact - Sponsored by Facebook

Hack is made with purpose to improve human impact on the environment, and give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.
Prize: Solar FB Backpack, Custom FB Princeton Shirt & Hackathon FB Shirt, Goodie Bag w/ FB Swag

Best Financial Hack - Sponsored by Capital One

At Capital One we are all about redefining how customers think of and interact with the financial world. We're constantly looking for creative ways to solve our customer's
problems and leverage new technologies to help meet their needs. This year at Technica, we're asking you to join us in our mission to Change Banking For Good and are excited to
see how you all will Reimagine Banking!
http://api.reimaginebanking.com/
Prize: $250 Amazon Gift Cards for each member of our winning team

Best use of .tech Domain Name - Sponsored by .tech Domains

Programmers at HackPrinceton can get a free .tech domain and 1 team will stand the chance to with the .tech Category Prize. Make sure to make your full .tech domain your official team name and mention the URL while submitting your project!
Prize: $250 Amazon Voucher

ITHAKA Build Smarter Hack - Sponsored by ITHAKA

Our mission is to expand access to education and knowledge. We challenge you to make a product that helps people learn something new or learn faster from the massive data and content available at our fingertips.
Prize: Circuit Playground Express Advanced Pack

Most Innovative use of Unstructured Data - Sponsored by Mareana

This category will award projects that demonstrate the “most impact on solving real-life problem/s using unstructured data.”
Prize: Tile Pro with Replaceable Battery - 2Pak for each team member

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

[Weekly Challenge] Best Chat Bot using Botkit & Cisco Webex Teams

Power banks for each team member

Best use of HERE.com

Hacker gear and swag from HERE.com

[Weekly Challenge] Best use of Clarifai’s API

Hacker gear from Clarifai for each team member

[Weekly Challenge] Snap Kit Weekly Challenge

Spectacles by Snapchat for each team member

[Weekly Challenge] Best Social Good Hack from Fidelity

$50 Gift Cards from Fidelity for each team member

Best use of Authorize.net

LS20 Gaming Headsets for each team member

Second Overall

Judged by all expo judges, the second best overall project will be selected for project difficulty, impact, and novelty.

Third Overall

Judged by all expo judges, the third best overall project will be selected for project difficulty, impact, and novelty.

Eligibility

Any current or recently graduated undergraduate or graduate student is eligible to participate! No more than four people may submit a project as a team.

Judges

Camila Achutti

Camila Achutti
CTO at Ponte21

Aarti Borkar

Aarti Borkar
Vice President of PM at IBM

Sowmiya Chocka Narayanan

Sowmiya Chocka Narayanan
Co-founder and CTO at Lily

Daniel Marcus

Daniel Marcus
CEO and founder at Seatswap

Chase Nicoll

Chase Nicoll
Engineering Manager at Carmera

Judging Criteria

  • Best Overall
    Judged by all expo judges, the best overall project will be selected for project difficulty, impact, and novelty. Prize will be XBox 1S 1 TB Fortnite bundles
  • Audience Choice
    Winners for this category will be selected at the closing ceremony by public voting. The prize will be Samsung 27" curved monitors.
  • Best Hardware
    This category prize will go to the best hardware hack. The prize for this track will be Google Home Hubs.
  • Best Design
    This track will select for the project that demonstrated the most skillful use of design. The prize for this track is HUION Wireless Drawing Tablets
  • Best Education Technology
    This category is for the project with the most potential impact in education. The prize will be Wireless Polaroid Picture Printers.
  • Best Machine Learning Hack
    This category will judge projects based on their use of machine learning. The prize will be Roku Ultras.
  • Most Likely to Become a Startup
    This category prize will go to a project that judges think have a viable chance of becoming a startup. The prize will be Portable Projectors.
  • Most Sustainable
    This category will select projects based on their ability to promote sustainability and environmentally friendly measures. The prize will be JBL Flip 3s.
  • Best VR/AR Hack
    This category will award projects that demonstrate the best use of virtual or augmented reality. The prize will be laptop stands with build-in phone stands.
  • Best First Hack
    This project will be awarded to the best hack from teams where a majority of team-mates are attending a hackathon for the first time (at least 2 in a group of 4 or 3). The prize will be foldable bluetooth keyboards.
  • Made My Day
    The project with the greatest potential to generate an effective comedic effect will be awarded a BLUETOOTH BANANA PHONE!