ScarletHacks 2017: Soar New Heights

ScarletHacks is Illinois Tech's official 24-hour hackathon. For 24 hours students from across the country on November 11-12th will hack together exciting new software and hardware projects.

Sponsored by: Braintree, DESIGNATION, GitHub, Illinois Tech, Lyft, mHUB, MLH, Stuart School of Business, and The Coleman Foundation.

The community behind ScarletHacks is Illinois Tech ACM, the largest computer science student organization on the university's campus.

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Prizes

$5,298 in prizes

ScarletHacks '17 Grand Prize

$500 for the team, 1st Place MLH Medal.

ScarletHacks '17 2nd Place Prize

$250 for the team, 2nd Place MLH Medal.

ScarletHacks '17 3rd Place Prize

$150 for the team, 3rd Place MLH Medal.

Best Use of a Backend Technology

$200 for the team.

Develop a backend for your project to be eligible for this prize! SQL or NoSQL, we're interested in hearing the technical depth and effectiveness of the backend you developed for your project.

The Coleman Foundation - Entrepreneurial Project Prize

$1000 for the team.

To enter for this prize, make an initial submission on Devpost by 10am on Sunday (you can continue editing until the hackathon deadline) with 1-2 sentence answers to these questions: What is the problem you’re solving? Who are users and/or customers? What’s currently missing that they need and which your solution provides? *Must* submit a functioning application that showcases the features/functionality that answer the questions included above.

Lyft - Best Transportation Hack

$100 in Lyft credit for the team, Starbucks gift cards for the team, and Lyft swag bags. Develop a hack that involves getting something from point A to point B and does it well.

DESIGNATION - Best Experience for Users

Each member of the winning team will receive one year free of InVision, the most commonly used design prototyping tool in the world, plus three free prototypes. We'll look at the UX and UI together of each product and find the one that creates the most meaningful, pleasurable, easy experience for anyone who uses it.

Best Use of Data Science

$200 for the team. Develop a software product that uses data science (i.e. data mining, data analysis, machine learning, information retrieval, etc.) to solve a problem or fulfill a need in a thoughtful and meaningful way.

mHUB - Best Physical Product Hack

2 months free membership to mHub, Chicago’s award-winning physical product incubator, makerspace, and co-working community. Develop a compelling hardware/physical project.

Best Civic Technology Hack

$200 for the team. Develop a product/project that best enhances the relationship between the public and government, and/or involves or improves the public's interaction with government services.

Best Virtual Reality Hack

$200 for the team. Develop a virtual reality hack that wows the judges! VR hacks can be done using any hardware or software that is capable, so no platform is favored specifically. Creativity in the design of your project is especially of interest. Attend the VR workshop to get some tips and pointers!

Best Project by a Illinois Tech ACM Member

*$200 for the team. Best project submitted by a team with at least 1 Illinois Tech ACM member (an individual who has attended at least 1 ACM sponsored event/meeting/hackathon since October 31st, 2016.

*Note: to encourage Illinois Tech ACM students to team with students from other schools, the prize will be split by the number of Illinois Tech ACM members on the team. For example, an Illinois Tech ACM student on a team with 3 non-ACM members will receive $200 (the individual, not the whole team).

Best Use of Automation

Arduino Starter Kits for each team member. Develop a project that automates a task or specific action that you think really needs "a new way".

Knapp Center for Entrepreneurship - The Java Admiral Award

$25 Amazon Gift card for the winner of the ScarletHacks Java Battleships tournament.

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c + power source

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  1. Team sizes can be up to 4 people.
  2. Projects must be built at ScarletHacks, not prior to 11/11 12:00 PM.
  3. Team members must be registered for ScarletHacks.
  4. Projects must be submitted to the ScarletHacks Devpost by 11/12 12:00 PM to be considered for judging.
  5. Certain prizes require projects to be submitted at a certain time, check those rules in the prizes list.

Judges

Mohsin Haider

Mohsin Haider
ScarletHacks

Shahzil Sheikh

Shahzil Sheikh
ScarletHacks

Tung Nguyen

Tung Nguyen
ScarletHacks

Haris Uddin

Haris Uddin
ScarletHacks

Vinesh Kannan

Vinesh Kannan
ScarletHacks

Marc Kjerland

Marc Kjerland
University of Illinois at Chicago

Matthew Blanski

Matthew Blanski
Illinois Tech

Boris Glavic

Boris Glavic
Ocient

Michael Lee

Michael Lee
Illinois Tech

Brad Katz

Brad Katz
Illinois Tech

April Welch

April Welch
Illinois Tech

Judging Criteria

  • Non-Sponsor Prizes
    Non-sponsor prizes will be judged based on: Technical Depth Design Creativity Usefulness
  • Sponsor Prizes
    Sponsored prizes will be judged based on the company's own requirements.