The largest all-women hackathon, hosted at the University of Maryland

Over the duration of 24 hours, women are immersed in tech culture and encouraged to exercise their imagination to create interesting and innovative hacks.

This year we are announcing a new theme: "Light the Way!" The tech field is still lacking in diversity, but we want to highlight the amazing women who have paved the path for us while encouraging each of you to support one another and inspire the future of women in tech. "Light the Way" is a call to all the women taking the tech world by storm: You are the future. Your work, passion, and voice will light the way!

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Prizes

$23,492 in prizes

Best Use of a Data Set - Ebay

A creative or innovative way of using a dataset for your hack.

The winning team will receive $300 to be split among the group members.

Best Computer Vision / AI System - Altamira

Factors that will determine the winner:
1) Best use of off the shelf computer vision tools (OpenCV, Tensorflow, Keras, Pytorch, Google Cloud Vision, Amazon Deep Lens)
2) Best data visualization display
3) Performance metric (any relevant detection metric)

Each winning team member will receive a Raspberry Pi 3 Desktop Starter Kit 16GB and a ELEGOO UNO Project Super Starter Kit with Tutorial for Arduino.

Health Matters - Visionist

Exploring individual and community health data – Best use of at least one of Visionist's datasets either by visualization, applications, UX, or data science.

Each winning team member will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card (and possibly Visionist Swag as well!).

Best Travel Hack - TripAdvisor

Hacks should use the TripAdvisor API to serve travelers and/or the travel industry. They can be new ideas, or improvement on ideas that already exist within the industry.

This category will be judged on the following criteria:
-Idea: Was it creative? Original? Will it make money? Is it useful?
-Implementation: How good was the design? How good was the execution? How much got done? Was it polished? Was it real or hard-coded? Was any interesting technology used?
-Demo: Did the team get the idea across clearly? Did the demo work? Was the team well prepared?

Each winning team member will receive a $250 American Express Gift Card.

Best use of Machine Learning - Booz Allen Hamilton (2)

Best use of machine learning in a hack or project! Submissions should explain how they're using machine learning and why its an important part of the hack/project.

1st Place Prize: each winning team member will receive Bose headphones
2nd Place Prize: each winning team member will receive SNES Classics

Best Overall Hack - Facebook

Each winning team member will receive a new Oculus Go Headset.

Best use of Data Visualization - Qualtrics

Visualize feedback in a way that leads to a clear call to action or change.

Each winning team member will receive their choice of a snowboard, longboard or mountain bike.

Best Hack for Community Building - Nextdoor

Make a hack that brings people together and fosters connection within a community. Each winning team member will receive a Nextdoor swag bag and a $50 gift card.

Microservices !Monolith - General Dynamics

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) is on the lookout for curious, open-minded engineers ready to accomplish the next mission affecting our National Security. The ability to respond to the constantly changing needs of our Nation is where Microservices can provide a great advantage. A Microservices Architecture allows for continuous delivery, high deployment velocity, faster innovation to adapt to change, scalability, cheaper infrastructure costs, and the ability to develop each component of an application as efficiently as possible.

Competitors will be judged on a successful implementation of Microservices, and utilizing the architecture’s strengths in their project.

Each winning team member will receive a GDMS Microservices !Monolith Prize backpack.

Solutions in the Palm of your Hand - Fannie Mae

Create a hand-held home appraisal app and connect it to a blockchain!

Each winning team member (up to 4) will receive a $150 Amazon Gift card + Fannie Mae swag bag.

Best Financial Hack - Capital One

At Capital One we are all about redefining how customers think of and interact with the financial world. We're constantly looking for creative ways to solve our customer's problems and leverage new technologies to help meet their needs. This year at Technica, we're asking you to join us in our mission to Change Banking For Good and are excited to see how you all will Reimagine Banking!

Judging Criteria:
Creativity
Completeness
Complexity

Each winning team member will receive a $300 Amazon Gift Card.

Best Money Management Hack - FINRA (2)

FINRA’s mission is Investor Protection and Market Integrity. As a part of protecting investors, we’ve developed some games over the years to teach money management skills. One of our games has become quite dated (https://www.saveandinvest.org/moneytopia). Our challenge for you is to design a new game to help Investors become better educated around money management. Make it for whatever platform you’d like (AR, VR, PC, Apple, Android) - just make it fun and educational.

The winning team will receive $3000 total in cash-equivalent prize money (Amazon gift cards) to be split among the group members.

Best use of MicroStrategy - MicroStrategy (3)

Usher, Embedded Analytics, or both!

Each winning team member will receive a Nintendo Switch and swag backpack with notebook, t-shirt and tumbler.

Secure your hack with Usher API - MicroStrategy

Raffle prize for a team that secures their hack with MicroStrategy's Usher API.

Each winning team member will receive a $25 Starbucks gift card, t-shirt and tumbler.

Best Hack for Social Good - JP Morgan Chase

Best hack for inspiring STEM education for women

Each winning team member will receive a $229 Bose Soundlink wireless headphone and a $100 Amazon gift card.

Best Accessibility Hack - Brightspot

Brightspot is committed to building a more inclusive world and that starts. Combining our mission and the theme of Technica, "Light the Way," we are challenging hackers to create something that is accessible for all. Hacks will be assessed for their accessibility using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines as a rubric.

Each winning team member will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

Best First Time Hack - Technica

Is this your first time attending a hackathon or creating a hack? At least one member of the team has to be a first-time hacker. We want to encourage all first-time hackers to submit their creations. We're excited to hear about what you learned and what you came up with for your first hack!

Each winning team member will receive a Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Camera + Film.

Best "Light the Way" Hack - Technica

How can you help yourself and others light the way to the future? We're excited to see hacks that will help people be more productive and organized.

Each winning team member will receive a Google Home.

Best Use of Authorize.net - MLH

Use Authorize.Net’s payment solutions (API, SDK, etc.) in your project.

Each winning team member will receive an L20 Gaming Headset.

Snap Kit Weekly Challenge - MLH

Use Snap Kit in your hack. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend and top entries will be reviewed by Snap engineers.

Each winning team member will receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat.

Best Chat Bot using Botkit & Cisco Webex Teams - MLH

Use the Botkit SDK (https://botkit.ai/) to develop a chat bot that runs on the Cisco Webex Teams platform. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend.

Each winning team member will receive a 20000 mAh power bank.

Best use of Google Cloud Platform - MLH

Use Google Cloud Platform in your hack. Find a full list of GCP products & services at: https://cloud.google.com/products/.

Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini, max 4 per team.

Best use of Algolia API - MLH

Use Algolia's search API in your project.

Each winning team member will receive a Casio CA-506C-5A Calculator Watch.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com - MLH (2)

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 Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit.

Best use of HERE.com - MLH

Use HERE.com's mapping API or SDK in your project.

Each winning team member will receive hacker gear & swag from HERE.com.

Best use of Clarifai's API - MLH

Use Clarifai's image or video recognition API or SDK in your project. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend.

Each winning team member will receive hacker gear from Clarifai.

Best Social Good Hack - MLH

Demo a project that makes the world a better place through social good. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend.

Each winning team member will receive $50 Gift Cards.

Best AWS Hack - AWS (4)

In this challenge, teams will identify and tackle a common daily task and use AWS components to build a system to solve it. We live in a mobile world, the task would likely involve the creation of a mobile app/web app to allow users to interface with AWS on their mobile devices. Challenges will be evaluated on their usefulness and the creativity of the solution. We hope teams think "out of the box" and develop innovative solutions to common problems, including tackling edge cases and unexpected use cases.

Best use of DragonBoard 410c - Qualcomm (2)

"The DragonBoard™ 410c is the first development board based on a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 series processor. It features advanced processing power, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, and GPS, all packed into a board the size of a credit card. Based on the 64-bit capable Snapdragon 410E processor, the DragonBoard 410c is designed to support rapid software development. It is ideal for enabling embedded computing and Internet of Things (IoT) products, including the next generation of robotics, cameras, medical devices, vending machines, smart buildings, digital signage, casino gaming consoles, and much more. Come learn how to use our DragonBoard™ 410c and bring your projects to life!

First Place Prize:
DragonBoard™ 410c
Qualcomm branded Northface Backpack
Qualcomm Swag
Qualcomm enabled JBL Bluetooth Speaker

Runner-up Prize:
DragonBoard™ 410c

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Your team can include up to (or less than) four members!

Judges

Technica

Technica

Brightspot

Brightspot

JP Morgan Chase

JP Morgan Chase

FINRA

FINRA

AWS

AWS

Qualcomm

Qualcomm

MicroStrategy

MicroStrategy

General Dynamics (GDMS)

General Dynamics (GDMS)

Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae

Capital One

Capital One

Qualtrics

Qualtrics

Nextdoor

Nextdoor

Facebook

Facebook

Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton

eBay

eBay

Altamira

Altamira

Visionist

Visionist

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

MLH

MLH

Judging Criteria

  • Check out the prize descriptions!