A 24-hour hackathon @ Microsoft HQ with a FinTech emphasis ($2K+ in prizes)

The Seattle team at Def Hacks (defhacks.co) is hosting the third annual 24-hour hackathon at Microsoft HQ on April 13th-14th. The hackathon is an MLH Member Event, and has a strong emphasis on FinTech as Even (evenfinancial.com) is a sponsor and co-host. We will have mentors and recruiters from multiple companies, free meals and snacks, lots of swag, and over $2,000 in prizes!

Go to defhacks.co/hackathons/seattle to learn more, or send any questions to christopher@defhacks.io.

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Prizes

$2,800 in prizes

Best Use of Even APIs

There is $750 in cash prizes for the first-place team and $250 in cash prizes for the runner-up team ($1000 combined).

Disrupt Credit Rating Industry

There is $750 in cash prizes for the first-place team and $250 in cash prizes for the runner-up team ($1000 combined).

Best Wild Card Hack

This category is for those who do not wish to partake in the Even API Prompts. The prize for this is an Amazon Alexa for each team member.

If you apply for this, you CANNOT apply to either of the Even Prompt categories.

Best Beginner Hack

This category is intended for high schoolers or those who have not programmed before. The prize for this is four, year-long JetBrains subscriptions.

If you apply for this, you CANNOT apply to either of the Even Prompt categories.

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Minis for each team member

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

410C Dragonboard for each team member

Best Use of Snap Kit

Use Snap Kit's web or mobile SDK in your hack. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat or another awesome prize.

Best Use of Blockstack

Use the Blockstack Platform in your web or mobile hacks. Each winning team member will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card

Eligibility

  • High school (restrictive admission)
  • College students
  • Post-college or beyond (you do not need to be a college graduate)

Requirements

Make your project and submit your hack to Devpost. You must demo your project to judges at 9:00am on Sunday (4/14) and submit on Devpost in order to be eligible for prizes.

You must include the correct opt-in prizes, following the instructions listed on that page, to be eligible.

How to enter

  • API key instructions will be provided soon.

Judges

Ritvick Paliwal

Ritvick Paliwal
Microsoft

Frank Chen

Frank Chen
Microsoft

Shiraz Sultan

Shiraz Sultan
Coding Dojo

Afreen Rahman

Afreen Rahman
Microsoft

Sergio Marquez

Sergio Marquez
Microsoft

Joyjeet Majumdar

Joyjeet Majumdar
Microsoft

Subhransu Sahoo

Subhransu Sahoo
Microsoft

Francis Wu

Francis Wu

Jessica Chen

Jessica Chen

Steven Karrmann

Steven Karrmann

Everest Munro-Zeisberger

Everest Munro-Zeisberger
FuzzBuzz

Sabera Hussain

Sabera Hussain
FuzzBuzz

Andrei Serban

Andrei Serban
FuzzBuzz

Shawn Stapleton

Shawn Stapleton
Phillips

Damien Martin

Damien Martin
Metis

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount? This is the most important criterion that your hack will be judged upon for the general prizes.
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Applicability (FOR EVEN PROMPTS)
    Note: This criterion is only for the two Even prompts. How well does your hack address the prompt chosen? Could this be developed into a real product?