HACK ON ROCKY TOP

During 36 caffeine-filled, sleepless hours, students from the University of Tennessee and elsewhere will brainstorm, build, break, test, and deploy whatever they can imagine, for the chance to win amazing prizes.

There will also be plenty of time to interact with professional mentors and engineers, meet recruiters, and listen to great tech talks and tutorials from sponsors.

Prize Additional Info:

For all prize categories that start with MLH, please go to https://hack.mlh.io/prizes/ for more info.

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$28,358 in prizes

Best Overall 1st Place

Design the most impressive project this year!
Prize: Oculus Quest 2 in addition to a one-year subscription to Wolfram One and Wolfram Alpha Pro and Leading Learners Resources and EdTech Bundles for up to 4 members

Best Overall 2nd Place

One of the best projects this year!
Prize: Drone and a one-year subscription to Wolfram One and Wolfram Alpha Pro and Leading Learners Resources and EdTech Bundles for up to 4 members

Best Overall 3rd Place

One of the best projects this year!
Prize: Airpods Pro in addition to a one-year subscription to Wolfram One and Wolfram Alpha Pro and Leading Learners Resources and EdTech Bundles for up to 4 members

Best Rookie Hack

Best project for a new group of hackers!
Prize: Razer Ornata Mechanical Keyboard in addition to a one-year subscription to Wolfram Alpha Pro and Leading Learners Resources and EdTech Bundles for up to 4 members

JTV - Best Solo Hacker 1st Place

Best project to come from a one-man team!
Prize: Nintendo Switch for up to 1 member in addition to a one-year subscription to Wolfram One and Wolfram Alpha Pro, Phillips Hue Starter Kit, Colored Bulbs, a JTV Swag Backpack, and Leading Learners Resources and EdTech Bundles

Best Solo Hacker 2nd Place

One of the best projects to come from a one-man team!
Prize: GAR Monster Starter Kit for Arduino and a one-year subscription to Wolfram One and Wolfram Alpha Pro and Leading Learners Resources and EdTech Bundles for up to 1 member

Hackers Choice

The crowd's favorite project!
Prize: Alexa Echo Show in addition to a one-year subscription to Wolfram One and Wolfram Alpha Pro and Leading Learners Resources and EdTech Bundles for up to 4 members

Most Useless

The most useless project at the event!
Prize: Smart LED Lights in addition to a one-year subscription to Wolfram One and Wolfram Alpha Pro and Leading Learners Resources and EdTech Bundles for up to 4 members

Most Market Ready

Best project ready to ship to market today!
Prize: Sceptre E248W-19203R 24" Monitor in addition to a one-year subscription to Wolfram One and Wolfram Alpha Pro and Leading Learners Resources and EdTech Bundles for up to 4 members

Best UX

Best project with the most beautiful, easy-to-use interface!
Prize: SanDisk 500GB Extreme Portable SSD in addition a one-year subscription to Wolfram One and Wolfram Alpha Pro and Leading Learners Resources and EdTech Bundles for up to 4 members

Most Spooky Hack

Best Spooky, Scary, Halloween-themed project!
Prize: Halloween Candy Bucket in addition to a one-year subscription to Wolfram One and Wolfram Alpha Pro and Leading Learners Resources and EdTech Bundles for up to 4 members

MLH - Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

MLH - Best use of Google Cloud (2)

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. Winners located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks & lanyards. Winners outside of the US will receive a Google branded backpack.

MLH - Best Use of CockroachDB

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for you and each of your team members. What's more, ALL projects submitted that use CockroachDB will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last!

MLH - Most Creative Use Of Twillo

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! Get started with $50 in free credit!

MLH - 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.

Jina AI - Best Hack Using Jina AI

Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card for up to 4 members.

Assembly AI - Best Use of Assembly AI API

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card for up to 4 members.

AT&T Top Picks (2)

AT&T swag bag and powerbank

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

Upon submission of your project:

  1. Projects must be submitted before 8 A.M on Sunday, October 31st
  2. You must opt-in for which criteria you would like to be judged for, everyone will be judged for overall prizes
  3. There must be a video submission along with your project in order to be considered for a prize category. Videos can be submitted through an unlisted video type on youtube or can be uploaded directly to Devpost. Please make this video no longer than 5 minutes.
  4. Must answer these questions in your video

- What did you make?

- How did you make it?

- What is special about your project?

- What is something you learned in the creation of your project?

- Anything you would like us to consider?

5. There must be a short description of the project included with the submission.

Judges

Judging was performed by a diverse panel of sponsors, mentors, and professionals in the field both in person and virtually

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity of the Idea and Finished Hack
    How novel and/or creative is the idea? How creatively was the hack made? Is the hack a new idea? For reference, if it's on https://github.com/mdnahian/Common-Hackathon-Projects, you're probably not the first one to do it.
  • Technical Depth of the Implementation
    How well is the hack implemented? How complex is the problem being solved? How elegant is the solution to the problem being solved? How much technical skill was required to build the hack? If you're new to hacking, does it show how much you've learned?
  • Usefulness and Functionality
    Does it work? How useful is the idea and hack presented? How much is the solution to the problem it is solving needed? How much money will this save? How many people will this help?
  • Pitch and Presentation
    How well was the demonstration given? How realistic was the demonstration in the context of the hack presented?
  • Impressiveness
    Is everyone blown away? Is your idea really awesome? Or did you implement it really well? Is it amazing how much you accomplished in just one weekend?

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