HackRU is a 24-hour hackathon at Rutgers University. We welcome hundreds of students to join us in building awesome software and hardware projects.

Welcome to the fifteenth biannual HackRU, hosted at Rutgers University by USACS, the Undergraduate Student Alliance of Computer Scientists!

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Prizes

$7,190 in prizes

1st Place Prize: Airpods

2nd Place Prize: JBL Speakers

3rd Place Prize: 3D Doodler Pen

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Minis for each team member

Best Financial Hack

Presented by Capitol One: $250 Amazon Gift Cards for each member of the winning team

Best Hardware Hack

Google Home Mini($55) or First Gen Echo($80 *requires separate form to be filled out*)

Best use of the iCIMS Hackathon API

Presented by iCIMS: American Express giftcards

Most Innovative Solution

Presented by Optum: Prize for Real Time Address Standardization Challenge

Prize: Fitbit HR Charge 2

Link to the address data is https://goo.gl/c89KKP

Best Rutgers Hack: Rutgers Swag

Best Solo Hack: Wireless Headphones

Wireless Headphones($55) or Samsung SSD 500GB($100 *requires separate form to be filled out*)

Best Sci-Fi Hack (4)

T-Rex Costume($55) or Mini Projector($80 *requires separate form to be filled out*)

Best Use of Data

Presented by Gartner

Best Hack for Social Good

Presented by JP Morgan: 4 Raspberry Pi 3 Ultimate Starter Kits + Fire HD8 Tablets

Best Use of Yodlee API

Presented by Prudential: $150 amazon gift cards for each participant with up to (4) participants per group

Best Use of Cloud Hosting (4)

Presented by Linode: Each winner will receive a portable speaker

HackRU Prudential Contextual Chatbot(ML/AI)

Presented by Prudential: $150 amazon gift cards for each participant with up to (4) participants per group

Best Use of Twilio API

Presented by Twilio: Each member will win a Star Wars X-Wing Quadcopter

Best use of Algolia

Casio CA-506C-5A Calculator Watch for each team member

Best use of HERE.com

Hacker gear and swag from HERE.com

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

(MLH Weekly) Best Social Good Hack from Fidelity Weekly Challenge

$50 Gift Cards from Fidelity for each team member

Best use of Clarifai’s API Weekly Challenge

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Students who have registered for HackRU and checked-in to the event are eligible to participate. As per MLH regulations, all hackers must currently be a student or have graduated within the last school year. All participants are only allowed to be a part of one team and submit one project. The max amount of people for a team is 4 people all being over 18 years in age. Participants will risk disqualification if they don't adhere to these guidelines.

Judges

William Crosbie

William Crosbie
Professor

Lars Sorensen

Lars Sorensen
Professor

Lars Sorensen

Lars Sorensen
Professor

Rob Spectre

Rob Spectre

Sheng Wei

Sheng Wei
Professor

Carlin Au

Carlin Au
Tools developer at Tespa

Diana Kris

Diana Kris
infrastructure engineer at Tumblr

Douglas Rudolph

Douglas Rudolph
Software Engineer at Buzzfeed

Sakib Jalal

Sakib Jalal
Production Engineer at Facebook

Tayna Balaraju

Tayna Balaraju
Former VHX director and alum

Joyce Jade Van

Joyce Jade Van
Technology Analyst at RBC Capital Markets

David Menendez

David Menendez
Professor

Rangaraj Tirumala

Rangaraj Tirumala
senior with lots of hacking expereince

Judging Criteria

  • Functionality
    How practical the hack is to use.
  • Creativity
    How original the hack is. The hack is independent from other thought, and came from unique strategy.
  • Design
    How the hack looks presentation wise.
  • Technical Difficulty
    The Technical Difficulty category encapsulates projects that exhibit a high degree of complexity.