Join us for Virginia Tech's 8th annual hackathon! Live updates and information about the event can be found on our live site or in our Discord

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Prizes

$3,380 in prizes

(1st overall) The Everest Award

Best overall project. Each team member wins a $100 Visa gift card

(2nd overall) The Matterhorn Award

2nd best overall project. Each team member wins a $90 Patagonia gift card

(3rd overall) The Olympus Award

3rd best overall project. Each team member wins a Quadcopter drone.

(Best Beginner) Greenhorn Hack

Best beginner hack. Half of the team must be first time hackers. Each team member wins a $25 UberEats gift card

(Most Polished) 14,000 ft. Hack

Most polished and complete hack. Each team member receives an Incase backpack.

(Best UX/UI) Sherpa Hack

Best User Experience or User Interface hack. Each team member receives an Amazon Fire Stick.

(Most Unique) Strange Yak Award

Most unique hack. Each team member receives a portable hammock.

Capital One | Best Financial Hack

Each winning team member will receive a $250 Amazon gift card

echoAR | Best AR/VR Hack Using echoAR

Best use of echoAR. Each team member receives a $50 Amazon gift card.

MLH | Best Domain Name from Domain.com

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 & Domain.com Backpack.

MLH | 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 located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded Parkland backpack.

MLH | Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

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

MLH | Best Use of CockroachDB

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for each team member. What's more, ALL projects submitted that use CockroachDB will receive a free t-shirt!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

All students are welcomed to participate in VTHacks. US based hackers may qualify for swag eligibility on a first-come-first-served basis if they:

  1. Fill out the registration form for the event by 11:59 PM EST on Saturday 2/27
  2. Check-in on the event's Discord by agreeing to follow the posted #rules
  3. Submit a project to Devpost

International hackers who win a prize will also receive swag. 

Requirements

  • Submit to Devpost early - you can edit everything in your submission (write up, video, code, website, prizes, etc) all the way up to the deadline which is 11:00 AM EST. Late submissions will not be accepted, so we encourage you to submit early, and update your submission with final changes closer to the deadline.
  • Every submission must have a video demo attached to it.  There's a required field on the submission page where you can link to a video. You can upload any video as a placeholder until you actually have time record a demo.  You can record a video using free software like Open Broadcast Studio, the Google Chrome plugin: Loom, or even Zoom!
  • Don't know what to put in your demo video/project write up?  Checkout this example post which has information about how to make a great demo! https://devpost.com/software/example-template-submission.
    • definitely mention if this is your (or any of your teammates) first hackathon!!
    • include links to your project code if it's on repl.it, Netlify, GitHub, or anywhere else.
    • Also be sure to include the domain of any website you registered through Domain.com, even if you didn't end up using it.
  • The judging phase starts at 11:15 AM EST and ends at 3:30 PM EST The Judging process will be totally asynchronous meaning that judges are only going to view your Devpost write-up, and submission video (which should be ≤ 3 minutes long), so make sure your submission page looks neat!!  After you submit be sure to vote on other team's projects as well!
  • If you have questions about how to submit to Devpost, drop a question in the Discord  #submission-faq channel (and also read the questions that have already been asked, odds are that your question has been)
  • Remember that you are only allowed to submit projects made during VTHacks 8 (and not at other events, multiple submission is grounds for disqualification).

Judges

Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy
Director

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity
    How challenging or impressive your project is from a software or hardware development perspective.
  • Polish
    How complete the execution of your project is, regardless of its scope or ambition.
  • Originality
    How novel, creative, or outside the box is your idea.
  • Usefulness
    How likely is it that your project could warrant further development as a complete application which other folks would use.

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