Welcome to the eighteenth 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.

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Prizes

$7,285 in prizes

Social Good Track (2)

Each team member of the best hack will receive: Apple AirPods* OR a TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: a Keychron K8 Tenkeyless Wireless Mechanical Keyboard* OR a Tile Starter Pack

*requires extra form to be filled out

Health Track (2)

Each team member of the best hack will receive: Fitbit Charge 3* OR an Echo Dot (4th Gen)

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: a HyperX Cloud Stinger Core* OR a RENPHO Body Fat Scale Smart BMI Scale

*requires extra form to be filled out

Education Track (2)

Each team member of the best hack will receive: Blue Yeti USB Mic* OR Logitech G502 Hero High Performance Gaming Mouse

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: DR. J Professional Mini Projector* OR Fire 7 tablet

*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: an Acer 23.8 in Monitor* OR Fire TV Stick

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera* OR an Anker PowerCore 20,100mAh Portable Charger

*requires extra form to be filled out

Best Solo Hack

Superlative Prize: For hacks made by a single person

The winner will receive a CanaKit Raspberry Pi Zero W (Wireless) Complete Starter Kit - 16 GB Edition

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 HeimVision Sunrise Alarm Clock

Best Failure to Launch

Superlative Prize: For hacks that fail at the last minute

Each team member will receive a JBL Go 3: Portable Speaker

Best UI/UX Design

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

Each team member will receive a Byron Statics Vinyl Record Player

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Participants must be over 18 years of age and a student.

Participants must have registered on www.hackru.org.

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 April 17th, till the end of hacking, 1 pm on April 18th. 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 an 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.

Judges

Isabella Pham

Isabella Pham

Mickey J Winters

Mickey J Winters

Srija Gottiparthi

Srija Gottiparthi

Shyam Patel

Shyam Patel

Fin Herbig

Fin Herbig

Gabe Weinbrenner

Gabe Weinbrenner

Fady Besada

Fady Besada

Alice Chen

Alice Chen

Brandon Mazur

Brandon Mazur

Helena Tjandra

Helena Tjandra

Sibhithirumeni Ramadoss

Sibhithirumeni Ramadoss

Joseph Holdom

Joseph Holdom

Su Min Kim

Su Min Kim

Matt Tuazon

Matt Tuazon

Janice Seo

Janice Seo

Jeffrey Fung

Jeffrey Fung

Dean Sussman

Dean Sussman

Parth Patel

Parth Patel

Mihai Andrei

Mihai Andrei

Brandon Yu

Brandon Yu

Srihari Shankar

Srihari Shankar

Heman Ghandi

Heman Ghandi

Sakib Jalal

Sakib Jalal

Carlin Au

Carlin Au

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 require a higher or deeper level of understanding?

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