Expect Greatness.

HackGT is Georgia Tech's first official national hackathon. For 36 hours, 1,000 hackers from across the US converge at the Klaus Advanced Computing Building to build mind-shattering software and hardware projects and compete to win the $60,000 grand prize. Surrounded by kickass sponsors, super-sharp mentors, and a state-of-the-art computing infrastructure with a gigabit pipe, these hackers have one goal - to achieve greatness.

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Prizes

$19,000 in prizes

Grand Prize: $60,000 cash + $60,000 Azure Credit

$10,000 straight cash, $50,000 optional investment from TechSquare Labs, $60,000 Microsoft Azure credit, Full provisional patent filing through IPSmartup and Full utility patent filling through IPSmartup

2nd place

Full provisional patent filing through IPSmartup

3rd place

Top 10 (10)

Top iOS App

128GB iPad Mini with Retina display (Wi-Fi) for each member of the team (sponsored by Apple)

TripAdvisor Prize

The winning team will be awarded with a trip to Boston and will have a chance to interview for a position at TripAdvisor

Best use of Twilio API

Custom action figures of the winning team's members from Twilio!

Top hardware hack that integrates with iOS

128GB iPad Mini with Retina display (Wi-Fi) for each member of the team (sponsored by Apple)

Best use of eBay API

iPads for all team members from eBay!

Naturally anyone who can create a great project using an eBay API stands a good chance of obtaining an internship or employment. (Includes use of Paypal & Venmo!)

Best Hack that Affects the Physical World

$200 in Uber credit for each hacker on the team that wins, sponsored by Uber. Bonus points for using the Uber API!

Best use of the SendGrid API

A grab bag of prizes! Including a phone controlled paper airplane, charger cards, and more similarly awesome gadgets.

Best use of Mandrill API

Nexus 7 tablets plus exclusive MailChimp swag (4 bags total)

Best project implementing Microsoft technologies

Up to 4 Xbox Ones

Best use of BitPay/Bitcore API

3 Bitcoin for the team

Best use of Mashery API

Crazieflie micro-drone and Basis fitness bands

Best use of Intel hardware (Edison/Galileo)

Basis fitness watches for the team (sponsored by Intel)

Best example of information/data visualization -- equally informative and beautiful

$1000 in Amazon gift cards with special Applied Predictive Technologies swag ($250 per hacker)

Best Hack using Arm Motion

Up to 4 Myo developer kits (sponsored by Thalmic Labs)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Teams may include up to four members.
  • All hacks must be built at HackGT by registered participants. Remote participation is not allowed.

Requirements

A valid submission is a software/hardware hack produced at HackGT within the provided rules.

This includes, but is not limited to, a valid ChallengePost submission to the HackGT event, preferably with video/images of the working product, as well as a live demo at your assigned table at the HackGT Expo.

How to enter

  1. All teammates must create ChallengePost accounts if they do not already exist.
  2. Assign all teammates to a draft submission.
  3. Make your app (any platform is accepted).
  4. Produce your screenshots and/or video demo (posted on Youtube or Vimeo).
  5. Submit your app.
  6. There will be a demo expo beginning at 10:30am on Sunday, September 21st.
  7. Stay tuned for judging announcements and final demos.

If you have technical questions for ChallengePost, hit up any of the sponsors!

Judges

Paul Judge

Paul Judge
TechSquare Labs

Carie Davis

Carie Davis
Coca-Cola

Joe Uhl

Joe Uhl
MailChimp

Michael Koziol

Michael Koziol
Huge

Dave Jagoda

Dave Jagoda
Andreessen Horowitz

BitPay

BitPay

Microsoft123

Microsoft123

dhanramesh

dhanramesh

Yokoama

Yokoama

Bk55841

Bk55841

jmclocklin3

jmclocklin3

sunilgarg

sunilgarg

jmaliksi3

jmaliksi3

Ethan Cecchetti

Ethan Cecchetti

engrsumit

engrsumit

pav920

pav920

abandeali

abandeali

devinrader

devinrader

rexstjohn

rexstjohn

Shehmeer

Shehmeer

Nick

Nick

Pooja

Pooja

pindropsecurity

pindropsecurity

adamionic

adamionic

danzhou

danzhou

mfabache

mfabache

dj@a16z.com

dj@a16z.com

nacardin

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Polish / Design
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well-designed?
  • #hellyeah
    Does the hack have that x-factor?