Join us on our journey #IntoTheWild: uncover the mysteries of technology and hack for social good!

HackNC 2020 will venture into the wilderness from October 16th to October 18th (virtually) at UNC-Chapel Hill!

HackNC is a weekend for students of all skill levels to broaden their talents. Your challenge is to make an awesome project in just 24 hours. You will have access to hands-on workshops and demos from our sponsors, as well as exciting talks about the awesome things happening right now with computer science and technology - not to mention all of the free food, shirts, stickers, and swag!

HackNC begins with just a weekend, but we hope you're ready to learn new skills, make friends, and foster ideas here that flourish. Ready to apply? You'll need a laptop and your fanciest thinking cap - everything else is on us. Begin your journey by applying now at hacknc.com. This step is mandatory.

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Prizes

$74,960 in prizes

1st Place Overall

Fitbit for each team member

2nd Place Overall

Fujifilm Instant Camera for each team member

3rd Place Overall

Solar-Powered Charging Bank

Best Hack for Accessibility/Inclusivity - Explorer (2)

Winner: A $500 donation to a charity/non-profit of your team's choice from the official HackNC non-profit/partner list.

Runner-up: A $250 donation.

Best Hack for Accessibility/Inclusivity - Scout (2)

Requires 50% or more of the team to be their first time hacking to win.

Winner: A $500 donation to a charity/non-profit of your team's choice from the official HackNC non-profit/partner list.

Runner-up: A $250 donation.

Best Hack for Education - Explorer (2)

Winner: A $500 donation to a charity/non-profit of your team's choice from the official HackNC non-profit/partner list.

Runner-up: A $250 donation.

Best Hack for Education - Scout (2)

Requires 50% or more of the team to be their first time hacking to win.

Winner: A $500 donation to a charity/non-profit of your team's choice from the official HackNC non-profit/partner list.

Runner-up: A $250 donation.

Best Hack for Healthcare - Explorer (2)

Winner: A $500 donation to a charity/non-profit of your team's choice from the official HackNC non-profit/partner list.

Runner-up: A $250 donation.

Best Hack for Healthcare - Scout (2)

Requires 50% or more of the team to be their first time hacking to win.

Winner: A $500 donation to a charity/non-profit of your team's choice from the official HackNC non-profit/partner list.

Runner-up: A $250 donation.

Best Hack for Sustainability - Explorer (2)

Presented by John Deere

Winner: A $500 donation to a charity/non-profit of your team's choice from the official HackNC non-profit/partner list. The winning team will also receive a 20 oz Yeti® S/S Rambler.

Runner-up: A $250 donation.

Best Hack for Sustainability - Scout (2)

Requires 50% or more of the team to be their first time hacking to win.

Winner: A $500 donation to a charity/non-profit of your team's choice from the official HackNC non-profit/partner list.

Runner-up: A $250 donation.

Best General Hack - Explorer (2)

Winner: A $500 donation to a charity/non-profit of your team's choice from the official HackNC non-profit/partner list.

Runner-up: A $250 donation.

Best General Hack - Scout (2)

Requires 50% or more of the team to be their first time hacking to win.

Winner: A $500 donation to a charity/non-profit of your team's choice from the official HackNC non-profit/partner list.

Runner-up: A $250 donation.

Most Innovative Hack [Credit Suisse]

Presented by Credit Suisse

Each member of the winning team will receive an Amazon Echo Dot.

Best Hack for eCommerce [Square] (2)

Presented by Square & Square Developer

Two winning teams will be chosen and each winning team member will be awarded $100 cash via Square Cash App.

To receive the prize, a winning team member must be a U.S. permanent resident or U.S. citizen, have a Cash App account, and provide a completed and signed Form W-9 prior to payment.

Requirements:
Teams must use Square Developer's APIs or SDKs in some way and the app must be functional. More information here: https://developer.squareup.com/docs

Best Hack for Group Living in 2020 [CoStar] (2)

Presented by CoStar

2020 is a year like no other. As University students, you stand at the intersection of ‘Stay at Home’ and ‘Live together’. In either case (or both) your community is facing challenges related to each. You have some students who are remote, and some trying to safely live on Campus, but all are members of your community. This challenge is to come up with the best hack related to Group Living in 2020, both virtual and/or in-person.

More information here: https://tinyurl.com/costarprizedeschacknc2020.

Best Financial Hack [Capital One]

Presented by Capital One

$250 Amazon Gift Cards for each member of the winning team.

Best Use of Google Cloud - COVID-19 Hackathon Fund (2)

Presented by Google Cloud

Select projects may receive an invitation to apply to the Google Cloud COVID-19 hackathon fund awarding up to $5,000 in cloud credits and guidance from Google developers.

More information here: https://g.co/learncloud/hackathon-fund

Best use of Google Cloud (2)

Presented by MLH and 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: http://g.co/cloud.

1st Place: Patagonia Backpack, Acrylic Trophy, Water Bottle

2nd Place: Each winning team member will receive a Google Nest Mini.

MLH - Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Presented by MLH

Register a .tech, .space, or .online 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.

MLH - Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Presented by MLH

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

Non-Profit Challenge

- Girls on the Run International
- Communiversity Youth Program
- Rise Against Hunger
- Black Genius
- StandUp SpeakOut

Wolfram Award (30)

Presented by Wolfram Language

Wolfram Award for everyone in the top 25 teams (max 5 individuals per team):
- One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition
- One year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Top 20 Hack (20)

Presented by Digital Ocean

A total of $2,000 in credits to the winning team(s) - each team in the top 20 teams receives $100 in DigitalOcean credits.

Teams must have/create DigitalOcean accounts.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

You must be a current student, 18 or older by the start of HackNC 2020 (unless you are a UNC-CH student) to attend. There is no strict team size limit, but be aware that most prizes will be given out in sets of 4.

Requirements

Create your Devpost submission on our HackNC 2020 Devpost and attach a video/demo (maximum 2-minute long) before the hacking period ends (Sunday, October 18th at 12:55 PM EST) 

  • Every team can only submit one project. Multiple submissions per team will not be allowed.

  • Every submission must include a GitHub link to any code written for the hack, unless previous arrangements were made with the Directors.

  • Every submission must include a max. 2-minute long demo video showcasing the features of the project.

    • We cannot guarantee that judges will fully watch your video if they’re longer than 2 minutes.

  • Projects without a demo video will not be judged. These videos will be shown to our judges and if your project ends up winning a general category or track prize, it may be played/published on our social media channels.

We will not be accepting cross-posted submissions to other hackathons.

Judges

Nikhil Vytla

Nikhil Vytla
Director, HackNC

Judging Criteria

  • Application/Impact
    Does the project have any feasible application and/or have a social impact that goes above and beyond during the COVID-19 era? Will this help the community with a real problem they are facing? Can this be implemented? This is a key category.
  • Functionality/Quality
    Is the project free of major bugs? Does it look appealing? The UI/UX doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect, but if we're having a hard time understanding the project by looking at it, there may be a problem.
  • Creativity
    Is this project unique and innovative? Is it a solution or creation we have never seen before? A better way of doing something?
  • Technical Implementation
    The team should display a good level of knowledge in terms of the technology they’ve used in implementing their project.
  • Presentation
    The team is able to fully present the functionalities of their project, including what they wish to expand on in the future.