UC Davis's premier hackathon for social good

With the rapid advancement of technology, it is important to use its power in ways that benefit society. HackDavis challenges its participants to hack for social good, and create an opportunity for us to explore the intersection between technology and society.

On February 9-10, over 700 students, hackers, and creators will come together for 24 hours of hacking. For the 4th year in a row, we are bringing the most talented students in California to address the world’s most pressing issues. Participants can choose to build a project that solves a problem in one of three areas: Health, Environment, and Education.

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Prizes

$10,810 in prizes

First Place (Overall)

Nintendo Switch for each member of the winning team

Second Place (Overall)

Apple AirPods for each member of the winning team

Most Technically Challenging Hack

DJI Tello Drone for each member of the winning team

Most Creative Hack

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 and film for each member of the winning team

Best Health and Wellness Hack by Centene

Amazon Echo Spot for each member of the winning team

Best Education Hack

Amazon Fire Tablet 8 for each member of the winning team

Best Environment Hack

AKASO Brave 4 + Memory Card for each member of the winning team

Best Lifestyle Game Hack by AORUS

Each member of the winning team gets:
ASUS K7 Keyboard
ASUS H5 Headset
ASUS M3 Mouse
AMP500 Mousepad

Criteria:
Best application that gamifies an aspect of day to day life. Preferred if geared towards social good.

Best Beginner Hack

JBL Flip 4 for each member of the winning team

Criteria: at least half of the team must be first time hackers

Best Use of OSIsoft Data (2)

$500 Amazon gift card for the winning team
$250 Amazon gift card for the second place team

Best Combined Use of OSIsoft API and Google Cloud Platform

$250 Amazon gift card for the winning team

Best Use of Hardware

U1213A Handheld Clamp Meter for each member of the winning team

Best Use of Twilio API

Sonos Play:1 for each member of the winning team

Best Sustainability Hack by IOTW

$600 scholarship and IOTW swag for the winning team

Prompt:
What applications can you build to promote sustainability and efficiency in these areas of technology? What problems can you help solve involving the realms listed below?

-Using IoT devices and interconnectivity (think: smart home)
-Mining for cryptocurrency (think: sustainable mining and use of electricity)
-Completing transactions in a marketplace (think: fintech)
-Data sharing or exchange (think: e-commerce)

Best International Education Hack by Services for International Students and Scholars

Everlane Modern Snap Backpack for each member of the winning team

Criteria:
Solves one of the following issues in international education:
- Improves access to study, internships, or research abroad
- Connects students, faculty, and/or staff from around the world
- Improves access to educational materials from around the world
- Improves quality of or student access to education in developing countries

Best Use of Snapkit

Snapchat Spectacles for each member of the winning team

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Mini + Titan Security Key for each member of the winning team

Best IoT Hack with Qualcomm Device

DragonBoard 410c for each member of the winning team

Best Domain Name with Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each member of the winning team

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Attendees have to be at least 18 years old.

Requirements

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED FOR AND CHECKED IN TO HACKDAVIS TO WORK ON A PROJECT / SUBMISSION.

- Maximum of four people per team.

- Your project must be completed entirely in the designated hacking window. You cannot work on your project before hacking begins (which is officially 12:00 PM PT on Saturday, February 9th, 2019).

- You must submit your project by 12:00 PM PT on Sunday, February 10th.

- You cannot steal another team's code in any way, shape, or form.

- The decisions that judges make are final.

Judges

Christopher Nitta

Christopher Nitta
Lecturer / UC Davis

Mohammad Sadoghi

Mohammad Sadoghi
Professor / UC Davis

Thilo Gross

Thilo Gross
Professor / UC Davis

Phillip Rogaway

Phillip Rogaway
Professor / UC Davis

Andre Knoesen

Andre Knoesen
Professor / UC Davis

Lindsay Poirier

Lindsay Poirier
Professor / UC Davis

David Bunch

David Bunch
Professor / UC Davis

David Woodruff

David Woodruff
Professor / UC Davis

Adhiraj Somani

Adhiraj Somani
Engineering Manager / Sentry

Dave Gaines

Dave Gaines
CEO / Sacramento Autistic Spectrum and Special Needs Alliance

Dan Kurtz

Dan Kurtz
Senior Software Engineer / Beyond12

Kelsey Hinton

Kelsey Hinton
Communications Manager / Community Water Center

Christina Zhu

Christina Zhu
Software Engineer / Amazon

Sridatt Bhamidipati

Sridatt Bhamidipati
Software Engineer / LeanData

Esther Kwak

Esther Kwak

Amy Wang

Amy Wang
Graduate Student / UC Berkeley

David Tomassi

David Tomassi
Graduate Student / UC Davis

Schuyler Alschuler

Schuyler Alschuler
Graduate Student / UC Davis

Ethan Wang

Ethan Wang
Graduate Student / UC Davis

Melissa Jones

Melissa Jones
Teaching Assistant / UC Davis

Xenia Tay

Xenia Tay
Founding Engineer / Agora Systems

Debasish Pratiher

Debasish Pratiher
Product Marketing and Application / Broadcom

Aaron Morais

Aaron Morais

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity
    How technically impressive is the project? If competing in an API/hardware usage category, is the API/hardware used extensively?
  • Polish
    How complete is the project? Is it just on the design stage, coding stage, etc.? Ideally the project has 1 or more functionalities finished or close to finishing.
  • Originality
    Has this project been done before? Does this project make others think this is a really cool idea and question why they didn't think of it before?
  • Usefulness
    How beneficial will this project be to its target audience? How much will it impact their lives? Are people likely to use it often, and will they have a good experience when doing so?