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All information about the event, including day-of schedule, sponsors, and Q&A are all available on our website: hackillinois.org.

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Prizes

HackIllinois Grand Prize

HackIllinois 2nd Place

HackIllinois 3rd Place

HackIllinois Staff Picks (2)

Healthy Cities

Leverage open-source technology to help people live healthier lives.

Presented by Optum

Free as in free parking

Best financial hack on an open-source project or tool, or use of open-source technology in an innovative way.

Presented by Capital One

View from the Proof-tops

Best novel use of mathematics to solve a problem.

Presented by IMC

The very hungry Caterpillar

Work on an open-source project that will help those specifically in need.

Presented by Caterpillar

No money-ciple violations

Real-time payment projects using checkbook.io technology. Additional information available here: http://bit.ly/checkbookxuiuc

Presented by Checkbook.io

The 100 (user)story building

Best UI/UX presentation and project leveraging open-source technologies.

Presented by Mirus Research

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

The only thing that we require for a project to be is published online on Github and have an associated license in the repository. We would encourage teams to also work with a mentor, as those projects generally perform better during judging, though this is not required to be considered.

 

The submission criteria are summarized below in the form of the questions judges will be asked to answer:

How impactful is their work?

Contributions should be meaningful and relevant to the open-source projects the team worked with. Impactful work demonstrates intimate learning and understanding of the intricacies of the project.

How dynamic is their work?

Ultimately, the project should represent the open-source community well and uphold the vision and ideals of the open-source project.

Do participants have an understanding of their work?

All team members must have a pretty solid understanding of the open-source project they have been working on. They should be able to explain their thought process and show the ability to continue working on the project and be able to explain the project to future teammates.

Is their work innovative and creative?

Certain projects have an innate “wow” factor. We’re looking for projects that leave people amazed and perfectly demonstrate the open-source model.

Judges

Kyle Begovich

Kyle Begovich
HackIllinois

Judging Criteria

  • How impactful is their work?
    Contributions should be meaningful and relevant to the open-source projects the team worked with. Impactful work demonstrates intimate learning and understanding of the intricacies of the project.
  • How dynamic is their work?
    Ultimately, the project should represent the open-source community well and uphold the vision and ideals of the open-source project.
  • Do participants have an understanding of their work?
    All team members must have a solid understanding of the open-source project they have been working on. They should be able to show the ability to continue working on the project and be able to explain the project to future teammates.
  • Is their work innovative and creative?
    Certain projects have an innate “wow” factor. We’re looking for projects that leave people amazed and perfectly demonstrate the open-source model.