For the night owls and the dreamers.

HackRice is Rice University's annual hackathon event. Participants trade their sleep for a weekend and join a team to create a project - typically software - in an environment optimized for creativity. At the end of the event, the participants demonstrate their projects to fellow hackers, visitors, and a panel of judges. The event is hosted by the Rice Computer Science Club.

 

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Prizes

$8,690 in prizes

1st place

1 Oculus Rift for each member of the winning team + MLH swag

2nd place

-Choice of Apple Watch Sport 38mm or second-generation Moto 360 for each member of the winning team
-UDI U818A 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter for each member of the winning team

3rd place

-First-generation Moto 360 for each member of the winning team
-Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone for each member of the winning team

Best Hardware Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive: 1 Arduino UNO R3 Board with DIP ATmega238P(Blue), SunFounder New Uno R3 Project Super Starter Kit For Arduino UNO R3 Mega2560 Mega328 Nano, ARDUINO Compatible 37-in-1 Sensor Module Kit for Arduino UNO R3 Mega2560 Mega328 Nano, 1CanaKit Raspberry Pi2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi

Best Community Hack (People's Choice)

BB-8 sphero droid, MOXO X-1 Portable Wireless Bluetooth Floating Levitating Maglev Speakerer

Best New Hacker

1CanaKit Raspberry Pi2 Ultimate Starter Kit with WiFi for each member of the winning team

*Please note that all members of the team must be first-time hackers to qualify for this award.

Two Sigma

$1000 for best use of the Beaker API

Microsoft Tech

Best use of Microsoft Tech receives a Microsoft Band v2

Microsoft Azure

Best use of Microsoft Azure receives a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet

HBK

Best finance tech app

Intuitive Machines

An internship at Intuitive Machines

Domain.com

Provided by MLH - Best Domain Registered on Domain.com wins a Domain.com Swag Pack with an Arduino RedBoard

Indeed: Most Artistic Hack

Provided by Indeed - Most Artistic Hack will receive Amazon Gift Cards from Indeed

PROS

Best multiplayer game featuring in-game purchases, where the price of items varies in real-time based on the behavior of other players receives Steam Controllers

Quantlab Financial

Raspberry Pi's awarded to winning team

(AWS) Best Use of Amazon Web Services

Provided by MLH - Best Use of Amazon Web Services wins a Dell 1TB External Hard Drive

Alumni Choice Award

$400 cash prize awarded to the favorite project of the Rice alumni attendants. Thanks to Frank Salinas, Sal Testa, Dennis Qian, Aaron Roe, Meagan John, Alen Lukic, Hadi Tabani, Wen Xing, Peter Washington, Sean Harger, Waseem Ahmad, Rakesh Agarwal, and Lingo Dai for their contribution.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Confirmed HackRice 2016 attendees may make a Devpost submission. Submissions should be one per project. Alumni may also submit a submission, but it will not be eligible for judging and prizes.

Requirements

The following items will be expected for the submission:

  • Team members, including contact information.
  • Application name and its description and purpose.
  • A 2 minutes max video demonstrating the hack can be helpful, but is not required.
  • URL to live demo of the application if applicable.

Judges

Sean Harger

Sean Harger
Google

Paul DeCarlo

Paul DeCarlo
Microsoft

Rachel Weil

Rachel Weil
Microsoft

Frank Salinas

Frank Salinas
Microsoft

Paige Bailey

Paige Bailey
Chevron

Aaron Roe

Aaron Roe
Indeed

David Bechberger

David Bechberger
Palladium Consulting

JP Hribovsek

JP Hribovsek
ForeFlight

Anson Jablinkski

Anson Jablinkski
ForeFlight

Waseem Ahmad

Waseem Ahmad
Facebook

Mahesh Ramchandani

Mahesh Ramchandani
HBK

Benedict Lee

Benedict Lee
HBK

TBD

TBD
Intuitive Machines

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation and Creativity
    Have you seen a project like this before? How innovative is the solution?
  • Technical Complexity
    How technically impressive is the project?
  • Impact/Potential
    Does this project have important implications? Would this project be used outside the hackathon?
  • Polish
    How refined is the idea, UI, and overall presentation?