University at Buffalo's annual 24-hour student-run hackathon

UB Hacking is University at Buffalo's student-run hackathon. Students from different backgrounds with any-level of experience are welcome to join us as they build fun, innovative projects over 24 hours.

View full rules

Prizes

$7,240 in prizes

UB Hacking First Place

The first-place team will receive a total of $2000

Also:
- Tickets to Pinnacle 2021 (https://pinnacle.us.org/)

UB Hacking Second Place

The second-place team will receive a total of $1500

UB Hacking Third Place

The third-place team will receive a total of $1000

UB Hacking Best Freshman Hack

$750 will be awarded to a team where the entire team is made up of either Freshmen or High Schoolers and they have the best submission.

UB Hacking Lead-a-Newbie Prize

Best submission from a team half comprised of first-time hackers and at least one veteran will win $750

Best Hack to build a "Smart" Tech Hub Ecosystem 1st place

♚ 1st Place: $250 for each winning team member from a prize catalog
♚ 2nd Place: A coffee chat with one of our M&T Technologists for each winning team member

Research the concepts and design principles of Smart Cities and Smart Campuses to drive innovation in our new Tech Hub at Seneca One. Showcase your ideas to create new experiences and services leveraging smart technologies - which are connected to the Internet and AI-driven - to improve various aspects of the employee and guest experience on Seneca One Tech Hub campus. You should attend M & T SMART Description event Saturday @ 1pm.

View our PDF for more information:
Tech Hub Fact Sheet: http://bit.ly/MAndTSmartTechHub
M&T Tech Talk: http://bit.ly/MAndTTechTalk2
Tech Hub Slides: http://bit.ly/MAndTSenecaOne
Use Case Flyer: http://bit.ly/MAndTUseCaseFlyer
Race for Place Doc: http://bit.ly/MAndTRace4Place

Best Hack to build a "Smart" Tech Hub Ecosystem 2nd place

♚ 1st Place: $250 for each winning team member from a prize catalog
♚ 2nd Place: A coffee chat with one of our M&T Technologists for each winning team member

Research the concepts and design principles of Smart Cities and Smart Campuses to drive innovation in our new Tech Hub at Seneca One. Showcase your ideas to create new experiences and services leveraging smart technologies - which are connected to the Internet and AI-driven - to improve various aspects of the employee and guest experience on Seneca One Tech Hub campus. You should attend M & T SMART Description event Saturday @ 1pm.

View our PDF for more information:
Tech Hub Fact Sheet: http://bit.ly/MAndTSmartTechHub
M&T Tech Talk: http://bit.ly/MAndTTechTalk2
Tech Hub Slides: http://bit.ly/MAndTSenecaOne
Use Case Flyer: http://bit.ly/MAndTUseCaseFlyer
Race for Place Doc: http://bit.ly/MAndTRace4Place

Best use of Microsoft Azure cloud services, presented by Moog Inc.

Find clever use of available tools & services or just run your project in the cloud. Free services are available at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/. The winning team will receive $200 in Amazon Gift Cards.

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 computing, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See the full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini.

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

Best use of DataStax Astra

Create a hack with easy to use, noSQL DataStax Astra and host a database in the cloud with no credit card required to sign up! Projects built using DataStax Astra will be eligible to win one Blue Snowball Microphone per team member.

Best Failure to Launch Prize

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Accepting applications from high school, college, and graduate students only.
  • Team sizes must be 1-4 people (all meeting the requirements)
  • All team members must be registered for UB Hacking 2020 on ubhacking.com, and all have RSVP'd yes to the event.
  • All team members must have agreed to the UB Hacking Code of Conduct and the MLH Code of Conduct.

Judges

UB Hacking Organizers

UB Hacking Organizers

Andy Montrois

Andy Montrois

Thomas Neilly

Thomas Neilly

Carl Twyman

Carl Twyman

Corey Hart

Corey Hart

Stephen James

Stephen James

Sanchit Batra

Jesse Hartloff

Jason Lamb

Jason Lamb

Kenny Joseph

Kenny Joseph

David Walia

David Walia

Harshita Girase

Harshita Girase

Andrew Hughes

Andrew Hughes

Pete Milizia

Bina Ramamurthy

Dave Hunt

Dave Hunt

Joshua Monics

Joshua Monics

Nick Curia

Nick Curia

Alan Hunt

Alan Hunt

Ethan Blanton

Ethan Blanton

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    This category is meant to recognize those projects which are unique and haven't been done before. How innovative is the project idea? Does this project offer a new solution to a problem?
  • Usefulness
    This category is meant to recognize those projects which you can see as being very helpful or enjoyable to its target users. Would you use this product? Do you see how this product would be useful to others?
  • Technical Challenge
    This category is meant to recognize those projects which showcase superior skill in development. How complex or difficult is the technical problem this project addresses?
  • Presentation
    This category recognizes those projects that are practically ready for beta testing after only 24 hours of hacking Does this product run fairly smoothly even after only 24 hours of work? Do you find it easy to use?