HackBU brings together around 350 collegiate students across the Northeast to collaborate on innovative projects, discover new technologies, network with recruiters, and compete for prizes.

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Prizes

$7,200 in prizes

#1 Best Hack

$300 Amazon gift card for every team member (4 members per team max)

#2 Best Hack

$200 Amazon gift card for every team member (4 members per team max).

#3 Best Hack

$150 Amazon gift card for every team member (4 members per team max).

Best Valentine's Day Hack

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we want to see your best love-themed hacks! This prize will go to the hack that spreads the love better than any other.

$100 Amazon gift card for every team member (4 members per team max).

Most Technical Hack sponsored by PWC

Show us your skills! This prize will go to the hack that impresses our judges the most with its scale, complexity, or sophistication.

$100 Amazon gift card for every team member (4 members per team max).

Best Newbie Hack

New to hackathons? This is a great place to start! Your team is eligible for this prize if every member has never been to a hackathon before.

$100 Amazon gift card for every team member (4 members per team max).

Best Civic Engagement Hack sponsored by J.P.Morgan

It’s time to make the world a better place, hackers! The hack with the potential to make the biggest positive impact on your (or any) community will receive this prize.

$125 Amazon gift card for every team member (4 members per team max).

Best Building a Better Future Hack sponsored by AIS

This prize is for the hack that most effectively identifies and solves a problem facing the world today.

$125 Amazon gift card for every team member (4 members per team max).

Best Design (UI) sponsored by RubyApps

If you’ve got an eye for making beautiful, creative user interfaces, we want to see them! This prize will go to the hack with the most visually and mechanically impressive UI.

$100 Amazon gift card for every team member (4 members per team max).

Best Security Hack sponsored by GE

This hack goes to the most cybersecurity-conscious hack -- whether you developed your program to be secure by design, or developed a security tool, this category is for you!

$100 Amazon gift card for every team member (4 members per team max).

Funniest Hack sponsored by GTS

This one’s not too complicated, just make us laugh! The hack that best leaves us chuckling, giggling, or even in tears from laughter will take home this hilarious prize.

$100 Amazon gift card for every team member (4 members per team max).

Best Financial Hack sponsored by Capital One

With many financial companies moving towards tech-focused structures, finance is one of the fastest-growing tech subfields. Show us your best financial-based hack!

$200 Amazon gift card for every team member (4 members per team max).

Best Machine Learning Hack sponsored by The Raymond Corporation

Machine Learning is one of the fastest growing fields in tech, and we can’t wait to see how our hackers use it! Build and train your own ML model for any purpose and you could win this prize.

$100 Amazon gift card for every team member (4 members per team max).

Best Domain Registered with 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.

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 will receive a Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack.

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 Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for this category.

Each winning team member will receive a Grove Beginner Kit.

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

Must be registered at hackbu.org/2021s. Individuals who are currently enrolled in a university/college. Must be over 18 years of age. Teams must not exceed 4 members to be eligible for prizes. Must agree to the MLH code of conduct.

Requirements

Please add the name of the participants to your submission and link your code repository.

Judges

Chris Baudouin

Chris Baudouin
MLH

Kenneth Chiu

Kenneth Chiu
Associate Professor in CS

Patrick Madden

Patrick Madden
Associate Professor in CS

Jeremy Blackburn

Jeremy Blackburn
Assistant Professor in CS

George Weinschenk

George Weinschenk
Lecturer in CS

Steven Moore

Steven Moore
Lecturer in CS

Brodie Davis

Brodie Davis
Assured Information Security

Max Slocum

Max Slocum
Assured Information Security

Austin Ward

Austin Ward
Capital One

Alvin Cheung

Alvin Cheung
Capital One

Justin Mascarenhas

Justin Mascarenhas
Citi

Rebecca Ho

Rebecca Ho
Citi

John Sasso

John Sasso
Ernst & Young

Alexander Orellana

Alexander Orellana
General Electric

Ray Haddock

Ray Haddock
General Electric

Sarah Hoch

Sarah Hoch
General Electric

Daniel Hintz

Daniel Hintz
GTS

David Jacobson

David Jacobson
GTS

William Jagels

William Jagels
GTS

Jason Cheng

Jason Cheng
J.P.Morgan

Mike Kennedy

Mike Kennedy
J.P.Morgan

Erik Langert

Erik Langert
Palantir

Melissa Schmitz

Melissa Schmitz
The Raymond Corporation

Patrick Mills

Patrick Mills
The Raymond Corporation

Jaron Rubenstein

Jaron Rubenstein
RubyApps

Judging Criteria

  • TBA

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