The world's best interdisciplinary hackathon - Hacktech!

The world's best interdisciplinary hackathon, held at Caltech in Pasadena, CA! Meet hackers from all over the world and create projects to solve problems at the intersections of fields ranging from education to games/entertainment using anything from hardware to machine learning, all while having a sensational time!!

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Prizes

$33,460 in prizes

Best Artificial Intelligence & Computer Vision Hack

Use artificial intelligence or computer vision in your hack! Each winning team member will receive a Snaptain S5C WiFi FPV Drone

Best Environment & Sustainability Hack

Make an innovative hack that protects the environment or contributes to a more sustainable future! Each winning team member will receive 32-ounce Hydro Flask and a reusable and collapsible coffee cup.

Best Entertainment Hack

Dazzle us with hacks involving the entertainment/media industry, or invent a new puzzle, game, or experience! Each winning team member will receive a JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Best Social Good Hack

Hack at the intersection of society and technology! Educate the community, assist a non-profit, or make anything else that benefits the community at large! Each winning team member will receive an Amazon Fire 7 tablet and an ELEGOO Penguin Bot Kit.

[Pinnacle] Best Overall Hack

Best team out of winning hacks of the four interdisciplinary prize categories will get an all-expenses-paid ticket for Pinnacle, the Olympics of Hackathons.

[eBay] Best Hack Using eBay’s APIs (3)

eBay makes it easy to buy and sell on eBay from anywhere online. We want to see innovation and creativity, and will award awesome prizes for the best use of the eBay APIs. Please note that you will need an eBay Developer Account in order to access the eBay APIs. Don’t have one? We’ve got you covered; join us at our workshop on Friday @ 9pm to get a temporary Hacktech account!
Each 1st Place team member will win: Apple Watch and $100 eBay Gift Card
Each 2nd Place team member will win: Airpods Pro and $100 eBay Gift Card
Each 3rd Place team member will win: $100 eBay Gift Card

[Office Ally] Challenge 1: Refining the Patient Matching Algorithm (2)

See our Prizes doc for more details! Each 1st Place winning team member receives: Apple Airpods. Each runner up team member receives: Mophie Wireless Chargers

[Office Ally] Challenge 2: Deepvariant and SNP Identification

See our Prizes doc for more details! Each 1st Place winning team member receives: Apple Airpods. Each runner up team member receives: Mophie Wireless Chargers.

[Google Cloud] Best Use of Google Cloud (2)

Use any Google Cloud product in your project (Firebase counts!) See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each member of the FIRST PLACE winning team receives: Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, Cloud Water Bottle, and Google Nest Mini. Each member of the 2nd team receives Nest Minis.

[iD Tech] Inspiring the Next Generation of Tech (3)

Description: The prize will be awarded to a project that supports our goal of emboldening young students to shape the future. An ideal project will aid in educating the next generation and making tech experiences more accessible. The key here is Education and Accessibility. Each winning team member will receive: Pi-Top sets (with pi-top, pulse, and raspberry pi), and "Coding Our Future" T-Shirt.

[Citadel] Best Hack Using Machine Learning

Make a hack that uses machine learning! Preference is given to hacks that use ML for a finance-related project. Each winning team member will receive an Away Suitcase.

[Keystone Strategy] Best Data-based Development Story

Creating transformative, data-driven insights is Keystone’s mission. This objective will task you to do the same by turning your own data into a story. As you complete other objectives, you will likely (read: hopefully) use version control. This is your starting dataset. What insights and stories can you tell from your own development?
Each winning team member will receive: Keychron K2 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

[Esri] Best Use of Esri Technology

$1K awarded to the team with the best use of Esri technology!

[Facebook] Best Hack That Gives People a Voice (2)

The best hack that gives people or groups a voice, or lets them express themselves in the most authentic ways. Each winning team member will receive a Facebook Backpack

[Domain.com/MLH] Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend, as well as Domain.com backpacks! Each winning team member will also receive a MLH 2020 Hackathon Season medal.

[UiPath/MLH] Best UiPath Automation Hack

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!

[MongoDB Atlas/MLH] 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.

[MLH] Best COVID-19 Awareness & Prevention Hack

Build a project that helps educate people about best practices for preventing the spread of novel coronavirus, nCOV-19/COVID-19, & staying healthy. MLH will donate $20 for each project in this category to the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund, and winning team members will get special recognition.

Most "Extra" Hack

Winning team with the most "over the top" hack will get some super "extra" sunglasses.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Hacktech is a hackathon organized for students by students. Teams should have a maximum of four students.

Judges

Josh Chen

Josh Chen
Software Engineer, Microsoft

Will Heltsley

Will Heltsley
VP of Propulsion Engineering, SpaceX

Drew Brauer

Drew Brauer
Advisor, Southern California Edison

Claire Ralph

Claire Ralph
Director, Caltech Career Development Center

Mary Wahl

Mary Wahl
Senior Data Scientist, Microsoft

Ankur Dahiya

Ankur Dahiya
Engineering Manager, Flexport

Edward Chen

Edward Chen
Research Scientist, HRL Laboratories

Ping Chen

Ping Chen
Software Engineer, BallerTV

Chan Koh

Chan Koh
Product Manager, BallerTV

Collin Murphy

Collin Murphy
Software Engineer, BallerTV

Varun Shanker

Varun Shanker
Student Body President, Caltech

Katherine Breeden

Katherine Breeden
Professor, Harvey Mudd College

Gene Chuang

Gene Chuang
CTO, P.volve

Louison Dumont

Louison Dumont
Founder, BitProof

Felicia Hunt

Felicia Hunt
Caltech

Aaron Feldman

Aaron Feldman
Software Engineer, Facebook

Alice Su

Alice Su
Software Engineer, Facebook

Anne Chen

Anne Chen
Software Engineer, Facebook

Bryan Yu

Bryan Yu
Software Engineer, Facebook

Andrew Kang

Andrew Kang
Software Engineer, Facebook

Rosemary Macedo

Rosemary Macedo
Chief Investment Officer, QS Investors

Eli Gregory

Eli Gregory
Software Engineer, Esri

Allan Laframboise

Allan Laframboise
Software Engineer, Esri

Karan Kewsani

Karan Kewsani
Chief Architect, Bluebeam

Ethan Rubinson

Ethan Rubinson
Employee at eBay

Raphael Tsow

Raphael Tsow
Employee at eBay

Hye Joon Lee

Hye Joon Lee
Employee at eBay and Caltech RCG

Emma He

Emma He
Citadel Securities Software Engineer

Eugene Bulkin

Eugene Bulkin
Citadel Software Engineer

Courtney Schwass

Courtney Schwass
Regional Manager

Jay Wu

Jay Wu
Chief Technology Officer, Office Ally

David Liljeblad

David Liljeblad
Development Deployment Manager, Office Ally

John Scheeler

John Scheeler
Associate at Keystone Strategy

Peter Adelson

Peter Adelson
Senior Associate at Keystone Strategy

Ellora Sarkar

Ellora Sarkar
Consultant at Keystone Strategy

Judging Criteria

  • Usability
    How usable is your hack in its current state? Strive to create a functioning project even if it doesn't have a ton of features!
  • Interdisciplinary
    Does your hack combine principles from across different fields? Live up to our theme and make a hack that explore the intersection of computer science with other fields!
  • Creativity
    How creative is your hack? Try to approach the problem you are trying to solve from a novel angle!
  • Polish
    Is your hack polished? Create a hack that looks as great as it functions!