Welcome to the nineteenth biannual HackRU, hosted at Rutgers University. Visit https://hackru.org/ for more information.

You are allowed to submit your hack to be considered for one track (Social Good, Health, Education, or Maverick). Submitting to more than one track will lead to an automatic disqualification.

Each team is allowed to submit their project for as many superlative prizes as their hack applies to.

Requirements

  • You must be a registered HackRU participant to submit a project through Devpost, provide a link to the shared repository you used, and the slack names of the team members for your submission. 
  • The max team size is 4 people. Each team member must have a Devpost account and be listed as a contributor on the project submission.
  • During the judging period, the team must be available on Slack to answer any questions.
  • All projects must be made from the start of hacking, 1 pm on October 16th, till the end of hacking, 12 pm on October 17th. You are not allowed to submit a project that has been built before the start of hacking or a project built at/submitted for another hackathon.
  • When submitting your project, make sure to submit a demo video and answer the questions on the submission page.
  • You are allowed to submit your hack to be considered for one track (Social Good, Health, Education, or Maverick). Submitting to more than one track will lead to automatic disqualification.
  • Each team is allowed to submit their project for as many superlative prizes as their hack applies to.
  • Each team is only allowed to submit a single project.

Any hack that fails to meet any of the above requirements or the eligibility requirements will be disqualified and not be considered for any prize.

Be sure to specify the track you want to be considered for otherwise you will not be considered for a track prize.

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Prizes

$7,285 in prizes

Social Good Track (2)

Each team member of the best hack will receive: an Echo Show 8* OR an Anker PowerCore 20

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: an AuKing Mini Projector* OR a Tile Starter Packer

*requires extra form to be filled out

Health Track (2)

Each team member of the best hack will receive: a Fitbit Charge 4* OR an Echo Dot (4th Gen)

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: a Blue Snowball iCE Mic* OR a Hydroflask

*requires extra form to be filled out

Education Track (2)

Each team member of the best hack will receive: an AOPEN Acer Monitor* OR Beats Flex Wireless Earbuds

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: a JBL Flip 4 Speaker* OR a Fire TV Stick (4K)

*requires extra form to be filled out

Maverick Track (2)

For any hack that doesn't fit in any of the other three tracks

Each team member of the best hack will receive: Beats Studio Buds* OR a Smart Table Lamp

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: a Drop ENTR Mechanical Keyboard* OR an Arduino Starter Kit

*requires extra form to be filled out

Best Solo Hack

Superlative Prize: For hacks made by a single person

The winner will receive a Logitech G432 Wired Gaming Headset

RUSA Presents: Best Rutgers Hack

Superlative Prize: For hacks that address issues impacting the student body

Each team member will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card

Best Newbie Hack

Superlative Prize: For hacks created by first time hackers

Each team member will receive a Logitech G502 Mouse

Best Failure to Launch

Superlative Prize: For hacks that fail at the last minute

Each team member will receive a Razer Seiren Mini Mic

Best UI/UX Design

Superlative Prize: For hacks that have aesthetically pleasing and intuitive UI/UX

Each team member will receive a Soundcore Earbuds by Anker Life

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 located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded backpack.

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi wireless phone charger.

Best Space App powered by Space Force

The sky is not the limit! Try your hand at making a space-themed application for a chance to win a wireless Bluetooth speaker for you and your team from the U.S. Space Force! We’re looking for amazing solutions to any space-related problems you can imagine. For any sci-fi enthusiast, this is the perfect opportunity to push the limits of your creativity by building the technology of tomorrow, today. We can’t wait to see the solutions you build!

Please note: the majority of your team members must be located in the United States to qualify.

Best Use of Auth0

Auth0 wants your applications to be secure! Use any of the Auth0 APIs for a chance to win some exclusive swag, including a Miir 12oz tumbler, Rubiks Cube, and sticker! Why spend hours building features like social sign-in, Multi-Factor Authentication, and passwordless log-in when you can enable them through Auth0 straight out of the box? Save some time on your hack and set yourself up for a big win. It doesn't take much to get started. Auth0 is free to try with up to 7,000 free active users and unlimited log-ins. Make your new account today!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Alice Chen

Alice Chen
HackRU

Jeffery Sypytkowski

Jeffery Sypytkowski
HackRU

Jeffrey Fung

Jeffrey Fung
HackRU

Ankit Mohanty

Ankit Mohanty
HackRU

Kailash Chandrasekaran

Kailash Chandrasekaran
HackRU

Brandon Mazur

Brandon Mazur
HackRU

Fin Herbig

Fin Herbig
HackRU

Ved Jain

Ved Jain
HackRU

Stanley Cai

Stanley Cai
HackRU

Safwan Ahmed

Safwan Ahmed
HackRU

Jake Truongcao

Jake Truongcao
HackRU

Kaushal Patel

Kaushal Patel
HackRU

Srija Gottiparthi

Srija Gottiparthi
HackRU

Su Min Kim

Su Min Kim
HackRU

Sibhithirumeni Ramadoss

Sibhithirumeni Ramadoss
HackRU

Judy Yeung

Judy Yeung
HackRU

Kaushik Bhattacharya

Kaushik Bhattacharya
HackRU

Fauzan Amjad

Fauzan Amjad
RUSA

Judging Criteria

  • Functionality
    Does the hack work as intended?
  • Creativity
    Is the idea unique? If not, then is it independent from other thought?
  • Design
    Is the hack aesthetically pleasing and intuitive to use?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Was the project technically challenging to execute? Does it require a higher or deeper level of understanding?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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