HackRU is a 24-hour hackathon at Rutgers University. We welcome hundreds of students to join us in building awesome software and hardware projects.

Welcome to the sixteenth biannual HackRU, hosted at Rutgers University.

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Prizes

$10,300 in prizes

Social Good Track (2)

Each team member of the best hack will receive: Anker Speakers and a $120 amazon gift card

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: Either a pair of Bluetooth Sennheiser headphones* OR a Vilros Raspberry Pi 3 kit

* requires extra form to be filled out

Health Track (2)

Each team member of the best hack will receive: A pair of airpods

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: either a fitbit inspire OR a nanopress espresso maker

* requires extra form to be filled out

Education Track (2)

Each team member of the best hack will receive: A Corsair K70 mechanical Keyboard Special Edition

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: either an Amazon Echo (3rd gen) OR a tile slim pack

* requires extra form to be filled out

Maverick Track (2)

Each team member of the best hack will receive: An Akavaso V50 4k action camera

Each team member of the runner up to best hack will receive: Either a Sphero SPRK* or a $60 Spotify gift card

* requires extra form to be filled out

Best Solo Hack

Superlative Prize: For hacks made by a single person

The winner will recieve a Logitech G332 Stereo Gaming Headset

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 first time hackers

Each team member will receive an inflatable t-rex costume

Best Failure to Launch

Superlative Prize: For hacks that fail at the last minute

Winning member of each team will get a toy foam rocket and a $20 amazon gift card

Best UiPath Automation Hack

Skip the internship line with UiPath and a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack

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!

Best use of 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: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Domain.com branded backpack.

Best use of Blockstack

Create an app using the Blockstack Platform. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Apple BeatsX Earphones. The opportunity with Blockstack doesn't end with the event. Any app built with Blockstack during a hackathon that successfully registers for the App Mining program will receive an additional $200 reward.

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 per team member.

Best use of Transposit

Only 24 hours to create your project? No problem, Create an app and compose different APIs together with the worlds first API composition platform, Transposit. Each winning team member will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

Colgate Presents: Most Explanatory model

For more information: see the Colgate table

Prize: Ultimate Swag Bag

Gartner Presents: Challenging Chatbot Challenge

See https://bit.ly/2pqGp2z for more information

Prize: Gartner Branded Weekender Bundle

Capital One Presents: Best Financial Hack

The winning team will receive $300 in amazing gift cards

BNY Mellon Presents: Best Thinking Outside the box (4)

Each member of the winning team will get Raspberry pi starter kits

Prudential Presents: Best Voice-Enabled Hack (2)

Each team member receive and Amazon Echo Show

See:
https://bit.ly/33LpeaM
https://bit.ly/2VWkkEW
https://bit.ly/2MYtvR9

Twilio Presents: Best Use of the Twilio API

Each member of the winning team will receive a little bits R2D2 kits

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Lars Sorensen

Lars Sorensen
Graduate Professor at Rutgers University and IT specialist

Srikant Sunkara

Srikant Sunkara
Senior Software Engineer at American Express

George Berger

George Berger
Professor at Rutgers University

Brian Russell

Brian Russell
Professor at Rutgers University

Sakib Jalal

Sakib Jalal
Production Engineer at Facebook

Heman Ghandi

Heman Ghandi
Software Engineer at Google and Former Research and Development Director for HackRU

Mihai Andrei

Mihai Andrei
Software Engineer at MongoDB and Former Executive Director of HackRU

Srihari Shankar

Srihari Shankar
Software Development Engineer at Amazon

Carlin Au

Carlin Au
Software Engineer at Audible and Former Executive Director of HackRU

Brandon Yu

Brandon Yu
Technology Analyst at RBC Capital Markets and Former Executive Director of HackRU

Jhanvi Virani

Jhanvi Virani
President of the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA)

Aneesh Deshpande

Aneesh Deshpande
Vice President of the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA)

Qasim Abbas

Qasim Abbas
Lead iOS Developer at CNBC

Krysti Leong

Krysti Leong
Former Finance Director for HackRU and Digital Marketing Analyst at Education Dynamics

Rigved Tummala

Rigved Tummala
Former Day-of and Events Coordination Director for HackRu

Lawrence Lin

Lawrence Lin
Actuarial Analyst at Everest Reinsurance Company

Mandev Singh

Mandev Singh

Heena Desai

Heena Desai

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?