Welcome to the HackBU hackathon, Binghamton University's second annual hackathon! We hope you're excited for a great weekend! After 8:00 p.m. on Friday, all teams are allowed to start working on their hacks. Hacking will end on 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, with all submissions due by 9:00 a.m.

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Prizes

$3,500 in prizes

First Place

Dell Venue tablet and mystery prize for each team member, $100 team dinner, $100 Shapeways credit.

Second Place

Jambox mini and mystery prize for each team member, $100 Shapeways credit.

Third Place

Amazon Fire Stick and mystery prize for each team member, $100 Shapeways credit.

Best Pebble Hack (using v3.0 SDK)

Pebble Steels for each team member.

(If you would really like to demo your hack on a real Pebble Time, talk to Cherie beforehand so you can record a video for your presentation.)

Best AWS Hack

The winning team will receive a 500GB Dell Portable Hard Drive.

Best Hardware Hack

Leap Motion Controller and mystery prize for each team member.

Best Design

Mystery prize for each team member, $100 Shapeways credit.

Best Beginner Hack

Three months of TreeHouse (teamtreehouse.com) for each team member.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • You must be at HackBU to work on a project for submission.
  • You cannot work on your project before the event begins.
  • You cannot steal another team's source code.
  • The decision of judges is final for determining prizes and awards.
  • Please comply with all instructions from HackBU organizers.

How to enter

Submit a project to ChallengePost as groups of up to four students. Ask an organizer if you have any questions.

Judges

Cherie Williams

Cherie Williams
Developer Evangelist, Pebble

Raymond Collins

Raymond Collins
Software Developer, TD Ameritrade

Adam Heimowitz

Adam Heimowitz
Software Developer, TD Ameritrade

Mike Swift

Mike Swift
CEO, Major League Hacking

Carl Domingo

Carl Domingo
Major League Hacking

Shaun Andrews

Shaun Andrews
Designer, Automattic

Patrick Madden

Patrick Madden
Computer Science Professor at Binghamton University

George Weinschenk

George Weinschenk
Lecturer, Computer Science

Bill McCarthy

Bill McCarthy
Associate Director, Strategic Employer Outreach, Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development at Binghamton University

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson
Software Engineer, Bloomberg LP

Judging Criteria

  • Execution
    Is the product functional? Does it accomplish its goal? Does it work as is, or does it require additional resources (code or data)? How easy is the product to use? How does the product look and feel?
  • Technical Impressiveness
    How technically difficult was the hack to implement? How much did it rely on open source libraries and APIs?
  • Innovation
    Is this a creative solution to a problem? Is this a new solution to a problem? Does the product innovate on design, user experience, or technical solutions?

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