hack:now — Current events and Future solutions

NOTE: Fill out our GOOGLE FORM SUBMISSION as well when submitting!  

Welcome to hack:now! Hack:now is an all-online 36-hour global hackathon from April 24-26 brought to you by the team from Cal Hacks, the world's largest collegiate hackathon with ~2000 attendees held annually at UC Berkeley and run by the student group Hack the Bay in partnership with CITRIS Foundary.

Hack:now is focused on fostering innovation, creativity and technical solutions to tackle the challenges faced around the current COVID-19. We hope by bringing students together and challenging them to come up with innovative solutions, we can help communities make it through these tough times. We'll have more swag, more events, more sponsors, and more fun than ever before!

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Prizes

$6,240 in prizes

Best Runner Up Hack

$200 to the winning team, matched by hack:now as a donation to a charity of your team’s choice.

Best Continuation Hack

$200 to the winning team, matched by hack:now as a donation to a charity of your team’s choice.

Community Track Grand Prize

$200 to the winning team, matched by hack:now as a donation to a charity of your team’s choice.

Productivity Track Grand Prize (by Superhuman)

$200 to the winning team, matched by hack:now as a donation to a charity of your team’s choice.

Additionally:
- 3 months of Superhuman for free, with an extended concierge
onboarding.
- 60 minutes of office hours with Superhuman’s co-founder,
Vivek Sodera (’06 alum).

Health Track Grand Prize

$200 to the winning team, matched by hack:now as a donation to a charity of your team’s choice.

Best Use of APIs (Sponsored by Postman)

Swag to all winners, as well as basic letters of recommendation to winners acknowledging their good work, and will tailor that more specifically for API usage.

Google Cloud 1st Place

1st place:
Each member wins a Google Nest Mini, a Cloud Patagonia Backpack, a Cloud Pillow, an Acrylic Trophy, and a Cloud Water Bottle.

2nd place:
Each member wins a Google Nest Mini (provided by MLH).

Microsoft

1 Xbox!

Y Combinator

1st place:
Interview with Y Combinator for a future YC Batch.

2nd place:
Summer mentorship for your internship, research, or project.

Village Global's Network Catalyst

Interview for July 2020 vintage of Network Catalyst, Village Global's accelerator program.

Unusual Ventures' Academy (3)

Interview for Unusual Academy's Fall 2020 Delta Cohort.

1517 Fund (2)

$1,000 Grant for a Winning Team!

Voiceflow

Swag Pack: i.e. Alexa Device or comparable device!

echoAR

$50 Amazon gift card!

IBM CGI U (Using Cooperation, Communication or Education starter kits.) (2)

1st Place: $750 and IBM backpacks!
2nd Place: $250 and IBM swag!

IBM CGI U (Best Use of IBM Technology)

$500 for the winning team!

Swayable

Guaranteed interview for a summer internship (remote, SF, NYC). Possible co-authorship on a public facing blog post.

Puma Browser

Winning team:
$300 + internship/job interview/mentorship with Puma Browser team.

Top 3 teams:
6 months of Coil.com membership ($30 value, send micropayments to your friends or favorite creators) + internship/job interview/mentorship with Puma Browser team.

Top 9 teams:
Limited edition Puma Browser stickers.

Education Ecosystem

$200 to the winning team!

MLH: Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com Backpacks

MLH: Best UiPath Automation Hack

UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack

MLH: Best use of MongoDB Atlas

Branded MongoDB AirCharge Plus

MLH: Most Creative Radar Hack

Tile Sticker Smart Tracker & a chance be featured by Radar!

MLH: Best use of Blockstack

BeatsX Headphones

Non-Profit Challenge: Cancel Corona

The most promising and innovative projects (selected by representatives from Cancel Corona) will be integrated and turned into campaigns.

See live site for more details on Cancel Corona's problem statements!

Non-Profit Challenge: Little Brothers

The most promising and innovative projects (selected by representatives from Little Brothers) will be integrated and turned into campaigns.

See live site for more details on Little Brothers' problem statements!

Non-Profit Challenge: Momentum

The most promising and innovative projects (selected by representatives from Momentum) will be integrated and turned into campaigns.

See live site for more details on Momentum's problem statements!

Non-Profit Challenge: DaanMatch

The most promising and innovative projects (selected by representatives from DaanMatch) will be integrated and turned into campaigns.

See live site for more details on DaanMatch's problem statements!

Non-Profit Challenge: Oakland at Risk

The most promising and innovative projects (selected by representatives from Oakland at Risk) will be integrated and turned into campaigns.

See live site for more details on Oakland at Risk's problem statements!

Non-Profit Challenge: Americares

The most promising and innovative projects (selected by representatives from Americares) will be integrated and turned into campaigns.

See live site for more details on Americares' problem statements!

Google Cloud 2nd Place

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Any individual around the world who's interested in solving the challenges posed by COVID-19. 

Requirements

A valid submission is a software or hardware hack produced at hack:now, from start to finish.

You will also need to register on our Google Form here to ensure valid hacker submissions. 

This includes a Devpost submission and a video-demonstration, to the submission form (linked will be provided), to be used during judging on Sunday, April 26th. 

Remember to include all your team member names, up to 4 people.

Judges

Avinash Jain

Avinash Jain

Amit Narang

Amit Narang

Judging Criteria

  • Application/Impact
    Does the project have any feasible application and/or have a social impact that goes above and beyond? Will this help the community with a real problem they are facing? Can this be implemented? This is a key category.
  • Functionality/Quality
    Is the project free of major bugs? Does it look appealing? The UI/UX doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect, but if we're having a hard time understanding the project by looking at it, there may be a problem.
  • Creativity
    Is this project unique and innovative? Is it a solution or creation we have never seen before? A better way of doing something?
  • Technical Complexity
    The team should display a good level of knowledge in terms of the technology they’ve used in implementing their project.

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