HackDuke is the nation's premier hackathon for tech and social good. Our mission is to unite passionate students to create meaningful solutions that transform the intention and narrative behind technology. In this 24 hour sprint, you will collaborate with other students, university initiatives, and community organizations.

HackDuke is about collaboration, not competition. We aim to be not just a place about building meaningful projects, but also an open forum to bring to life ideas that make a positive social impact.

 

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$5,836 in prizes

Best Inequality Track Hack (3)

All non-company sponsored prizes are donations to the charity of the winning team's choice. $500 to 1st place, $300 to 2nd place, $200 to 3rd place.

Best Health Track Hack (3)

All non-company sponsored prizes are donations to the charity of the winning team's choice. $500 to 1st place, $300 to 2nd place, $200 to 3rd place.

Best Energy and Environment Track Hack (3)

All non-company sponsored prizes are donations to the charity of the winning team's choice. $500 to 1st place, $300 to 2nd place, $200 to 3rd place.

Best Education Track Hack (3)

All non-company sponsored prizes are donations to the charity of the winning team's choice. $500 to 1st place, $300 to 2nd place, $200 to 3rd place.

Inequality Track - Best Beginner Project

All non-company sponsored prizes are donations to the charity of the winning team's choice.

Health Track - Best Beginner Project

All non-company sponsored prizes are donations to the charity of the winning team's choice.

Energy and Environment Track - Best Beginner Project

All non-company sponsored prizes are donations to the charity of the winning team's choice.

Education Track - Best Beginner Project

All non-company sponsored prizes are donations to the charity of the winning team's choice.

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. Based on location, each winning team member will receive either a Google Tote Bag Package including a Google trophy, pillow, beanie & socks or, if based outside of the US, a 1 hour mentoring session with a Google engineer.

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 Grove Beginner Kits!

Best use of DataStax Astra

Apache Cassandra is one of the most widely used database technologies in modern computing with a proven track record of scalability. Just ask Apple, Netflix and eBay. Build a hack using DataStax Astra’s Cassandra-made-easy service and gain in-demand skills along with a chance to win Blue Snowball Microphones for you and your whole team. It’s easy to sign up with 5GB free and no credit card needed. Start becoming a Cassandra expert today!

Duke Innovation Studio: Next Big Innovation Award

See full description here: https://bit.ly/HackDukeNextBigInnovation

Sponsored by Duke I&E and led & organized by Duke Applied Machine Learning, DTech, and Contrary Capital, the Duke Innovation Studio is a startup incubator for student founders to bring their idea from inception to reality.

Coding for Good doesn’t have to end with the weekend; the Innovation Studio is here to see your social impact vision truly affect society. We are providing the recipient of the Next Big Innovation Award a chance to join our Spring 2021 cohort as a startup, ultimately launching a pilot by the end of the semester.

Best AR/VR App using echoAR

The winning team gets the following prizes:

- A $50 Amazon gift card (per team)
- 1-month free Business Tier access (per team member)
- Project featured on echoAR's “Inspiration” page

Wolfram Award (30)

The top 30 hacks will earn team members the following prizes:
- One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition
- One year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Hackers must be at least 18 years old an enrolled in university. Undergraduate and graduate students are allowed.

Judges

Raymond Chen

Luke Truitt

Luke Truitt

Martin Stoyanov

Yash Rameshbhai Patel

Kiliana Suzart-Woischnik

Kiliana Suzart-Woischnik

Julia Hitzbleck

Sathish Thirugnanavelu

Sathish Thirugnanavelu

Alon Grinshpoon

Alon Grinshpoon

Akshara Anand

Akshara Anand

Anita Li

Anita Li

Sam Chan

Sam Chan

Eugene Wang

Marjorie Gomez

Marcus Arroyo Banjo

Marcus Arroyo Banjo

Akash Veerappan

Everett Berry

Everett Berry

Rahul Sengottuvelu

Naomie Gao

Anna Song

Fabiola Fajardo

echoAR

Jesus del Valle

Nicole Malpeli

Michelle Zhang

Mary Jiang

Judging Criteria

  • Feasibility and Impact
    How well does the hack fit the track theme? How well thought-out is the concept itself, with regard to both the problem it aims to solve and the solution that has been proposed?
  • Innovation
    How well does the hack approach the problem from a fresh perspective? Or, does the hack address a unique aspect of the problem that isn't already implemented or developed?
  • Functionality
    How well did the team translate their concept into a working prototype? Is the hack functional, and to what extent? Is it limited to a few examples or test cases, or were you able to operate the hack yourself and use it for its intended purpose?
  • “Wow” Factor
    Did any other aspect of the project "wow" you? How well does the project reflect the unique backgrounds and talents of each team member?
  • Overall Presentation
    How was the overall presentation of the hack? Did the hackers have a prepared pitch, or was it more off-the-cuff? How convincing was the pitch? How well did the hackers understand the scope of their problem?

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