Hack, build, and innovate at MIT's largest hackathon. Sept 19 - 20.

HackMIT is MIT’s largest hackathon. Over a 24-hour period from September 19 to 20, 1,000 hackers from around the world will gather on MIT’s campus to experiment and innovate on software and hardware projects. This is your weekend to dust off old ideas or try something completely new. Imagine the craziest projects possible, and work on the hack of your dreams!

PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT using Devpost for project submission.

Please submit your team name and table number to http://go.hackmit.org/submit by 9:30am on Sunday, September 20th. This link will be active starting at 8am on Sunday, September 20th. You may continue to hack on your project until hacking stops at 11am on Sunday, September 20th.

For Sponsor Prizes:

We are NOT using Devpost for project submission for sponsor prizes either. Please go visit the company table to enter your project for the sponsor prize.

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Prizes

$49,994 in prizes

First Place

The first place prize is $4000.

Second Place

The second place prize is $2000.

Third Place

The second place prize is $1000.

Amadeus Tech Talk Raffle

Given in raffle after Amadeus Tech Talk. Prize: Parrot - Jumping sumo Mini Robot Insect Drone.

Amadeus Tech Talk Raffle

Given in raffle after Amadeus Tech Talk. Prize: Sphero - Ollie Robot - Blue

Amadeus Tech Talk Raffle

Given in raffle after Amadeus Tech Talk. Prize: Sphero 2.0 Smart Toy - Multi.

Best use of Amadeus APIs

Given to the team with the best use of Amadeus APIs. Prize: Latest MacBook computers for winning team.

Google: Cardboard Development

Given to team with the best Cardboard project. Prize: 4 LG G Smart Watches.

Best Microsoft Hack

To qualify for the “Best Microsoft Hack”, hackers need to do one of the following: Use a Microsoft API (for example: Bing, OneDrive, Office, and OneNote), Incorporate Kinect, Use Microsoft Azure Cloud, or Create a Windows Universal app. Prize: Surface Pro 3's for each member of the winning team (up to 4).

The Patreon Community Prize

We’re looking for a hack that showcases surprisingly altruistic behavior; something that proves humanity is good, that people want to give, help, add, and be unusual. Prize: $1000.

Best Use of Clarifai API

We're excited to see what you build with our deep learning and image recognition APIs. Prize: DSLR Camera + Clarifai skateboard

Progress: Best use of Telerik Platform

The Telerik Platform is an end-to-end mobile platform that can be used to create, test, distribute, and run mobile applications written in Native, Hybrid (Apache Cordova) or in NativeScript. This prize is to the best use of the Telerik Platform. Prize: Anki Overdrive.

Progress: Best use of NativeScript

NativeScript allows the use of JavaScript to create Native Mobile Applications in Android, iOS (and soon tvOS). NativeScript is Open Source and the latest release was this week, 1.3. This prize is for the best application using NativeScript. Prize: One Apple Watch Sport.

Progress: Best Use of Modulus

Modulus is a Docker-Based PAAS supporting Node.js and other languages. We will be providing a PROMO code to use Modulus. This prize goes to the best application that uses Modulus. Prize: Anki Overdrive.

Best use of the Capital One API

http://api.reimaginebanking.com/. Prize: $250 Amazon gift card per team member.

Disney: Best Use of Visual Media

Given to the team with the best use of visual media. Prize: DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 EDITION: STAR WARS™ SAGA BUNDLE (one per team member)

Presto Gesture Challenge

Given to the team with the best gesture-powered application built with the Presto Library. Prize: Android Wear Smartwatch (Your Choice of Several Models).

Kensho: Best mashup of multiple unstructured data sources

At Kensho we use lots of unstructured data. We want to see the creative ways that you can mashup unstructured data sources (text, images, etc). Prize: A pair of beyerdynamic DT 770 Pros to the team who can combine multiple unstructured data sources in the most creative way.

Kensho: Best Interactive Data Visualization

Given to team with the best interactive data visualization. Prize: ASUS VG248QE Monitor for each member.

FiscalNote API Award

Given to team with the best and most creative use of the recently released FiscalNote API. Prize: $500 for the team.

Nasdaq: Analyze Nasdaq Market Data

Use Nasdaq market data to analyze, predict, correlate events. Prize: Nasdaq vintage team hoodies.

Nasdaq: Decentralized Voting Platform

Create a blockchain-based peer to peer voting system for campus-based initiatives, issues, referendums, elections, etc. Prize: Nasdaq vintage team hoodies

Best Synaptics Hack - Fingerprint

Awarded to the judge's #1 choice for a project featuring Synaptics fingerprint sensor technology. Prize: $2,500 (per team) + internship interview for summer 2016.

Best Synaptics Hack - Touch

Awarded to the judge's #1 choice for a project featuring Synaptics touch sensor technology. Prize: $2,500 (per team) + internship interview for summer 2016.

General Electric: Great User Experience

At GE, we appreciate the importance of great UX - hopefully you do, too. Show us that you understand user-centered design, and can use it to craft a great user experience in your project. Prize: Guaranteed interview for GE's Software Leadership Program or a GE Software Internship position, depending on student graduation date. More information: The GE Software Development Leadership Program (SDLP) offers those with a passion for building game-changing software an opportunity to grow their leadership skills, business acumen and technical skills, while building a career with unlimited potential. Program members lead by doing-gaining real-world experience by working on important and challenging projects alongside some of the brightest technical minds in the world. *Student must meet minimum program requirements. See http://talentcommunity.gesoftware.com/careers/position/sdlp-2016 for details.

General Electric: Most Innovative Use of Data

Think data makes the world go round? So we do we! Show us you can draw meaningful insights from one or more data sources using data visualization, analytics, or some other approach. Prize: Guaranteed interview for GE's Software Leadership Program or a GE Software Internship position, depending on student graduation date. More information: The GE Software Development Leadership Program (SDLP) offers those with a passion for building game-changing software an opportunity to grow their leadership skills, business acumen and technical skills, while building a career with unlimited potential. Program members lead by doing-gaining real-world experience by working on important and challenging projects alongside some of the brightest technical minds in the world. *Student must meet minimum program requirements. See http://talentcommunity.gesoftware.com/careers/position/sdlp-2016 for details.

Best usage of Postmates API

For best usage of the Postmates API. Prize: $250 for each member of the winning team (up to 4).

Best Use of Parse

Given to the team that best uses Parse. Prize: $1000 Amazon gift card.

Nielsen Prize: Best measurement oriented hack

This prize is given to the team with the best measurement oriented hack. Bonus for the best measurement solution that focuses on measuring media (what people watch) or product consumption (what people buy), we are offering an all expenses paid trip to Nielsen's technology and innovation center in sunny Tampa, Florida and an opportunity to spend a day with our chief scientist and engineer. Given is the Roku Streaming Stick.

Two Sigma Beaker Prize

Given to team with the best use of Beaker. Prize: Two Sigma Swag Bag and $1K Prize

Datto Inc.: Best application with source code smaller than 4k bytes

Given to the team with the best application with source code smaller than 4k bytes. Prize: $200.00 amazon gift card.

Uber: Best use of API

Given to the team with the best use of the Uber API. Prize: $250 for team.

Cruise: Best use of Machine Learning

Awarded to the team whose hack makes the best use of machine learning techniques. Prize: Trip to SF and a ride in a self-driving car!

Cruise: Most Technically Challenging Hack

Awarded to the team who just did something really freakin hard. Prize: Trip to SF and a ride in a self-driving car!

1517: $1K Grant

1517 is excited to help people to keep working on their projects post hackathon. If you're working on something you want to continue please contact them at info@1517fund.com. They are happy to look at projects that you are currently working on or just starting during the hackathon. Prize: $1k

Concur: Best Travel Hack

Given to team with the best travel hack. Prize: Apple TV and Amazon giftcards.

KPCB Build For Good

At KPCB, we back the most missionary entrepreneurs. We launched our Build for Good initiative alongside outstanding nonprofits to get young people excited about using tech for social good. Tackle Kiva, Ideo.org, Internet.org's or any of our nonprofit partner's challenges and you can win our prize. Prize: Automatic interview for the 2016 KPCB Fellows Program

Pitch Rough Draft Ventures Student Team

Winners will be given the opportunity to pitch their company to Rough Draft, with the potential to join a community of student-led startups and $5-$25k in funding.

Best Oculus Virtual Reality Hack

This prize will be awarded to the team that creates the best virtual reality hack. Prize: 1 Oculus DK2 per team member

Best use of FitBit API

Awarded to the team that best uses Fitbit's API. Prize: Fitbit product of each member's choice

DIRECTV: (1st) Most Innovative Use of DIRECTV APIs

Prize: 50" 4K UHDTV

DIRECTV: (2nd) Most Innovative Use of DIRECTV APIs

Prize: NFL Sunday Ticket Streaming Access x4

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Teams that were admitted through the HackMIT lottery system and follow the Code of Conduct are eligible to submit an entry. You must be at least 18 years old and an undergraduate college student. 

Requirements

We are not using Devpost for project submission.

Please submit your team name and table number to http://go.hackmit.org/submit by 9:30am on Sunday, September 20th. This link will be active starting at 8am on Sunday, September 20th. You may continue to hack on your project until hacking stops at 11am on Sunday, September 20th.

How to enter

Registration is now closed for HackMIT. There is no longer any way to enter HackMIT unless you are a local student trying to walk-in the day-of.

 

Judges

Elizabeth Borowsky

Elizabeth Borowsky
Director of Mapping at Akamai Technologies

Vivek Farias

Vivek Farias
CTO and Co-founder of Celect

Joshua Ma

Joshua Ma
HackMIT co-founder & founding engineer at Benchling

Joshua Weaver

Joshua Weaver
Engineer at Google

Phillip Kim

Phillip Kim
VP of Data Product Innovation at Capital One Labs

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity
    Is the hack technically difficult or interesting? Does the hack apply technical skills to solve a challenging problem? Is the hack impressive when considering the time constraints?
  • Idea, Novelty, and Wow Factor
    How creative or original is the idea? Does the hack present a new and unique functionality? Or does the hack demonstrate a new solution/new angle/increased scale on an older problem or goal?
  • Design and Implementation
    Is the user experience smooth, intuitive, and clear? Is the hack aesthetically pleasing? Does the design of the hack contribute to its functionality? Does the hack feature clever integration of different kinds of hardware/API?