HackHarvard 2019: Connecting the Dots

Welcome to HackHarvard 2019! Join us for the fifth iteration of HackHarvard, a 36-hour hackathon hosted on Harvard University's historic campus. 

This year, our theme is connecting the dots. Let creativity and innovation blossom as you push the intersection between technology and society forward. Allow your vision to fly free and flourish as ideas bridge across fields and disciplines in ways you’ve never imagined. Today, technology is tightly intertwined with everything around us. At HackHarvard 2019, we want you to connect the dots, and we can’t wait to see how you do it.

As Steve Jobs once said: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future… Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.”

For more info, check our website www.hackharvard.io.

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Prizes

$16,000 in prizes

Best Overall Hack (1st Place)

The best overall hack of HackHarvard 2019, by a number of different criteria. Not only is it novel, interesting, and useful, but it is also technically sound and exciting to many. Each winning team member receives a Nintendo Switch Lite + Sony Wireless Speaker.

Best Overall Hack (2nd Place)

Best Overall Hack (3rd Place)

Connecting the Dots

This year, our theme is connecting the dots. At HackHarvard, we invite you to let creativity and innovation blossom as you push for progress at the intersection between technology and society. This hack is the best hack that connects the dots. Each winning team member receives a Raspberry Pi 3 Kit.

The Hacker Spirit Award

This hack uses something the way it wasn't intended. It shares information openly, does something for its own sake, and/or finds creative solutions to mundane problems. It oozes the true spirit of a hacker. Each winning team member receives 1 Google Cardboard Kit + $50 Amazon Gift Card.

Most Useless Hack

Each winning team member receives 1 Useless Box.

Most Mainstream Hack

Does your hack use machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud, and/or big data to change the world? This is the hack for you. Each winning team member receives 1 Amazon Echo Dot and smart LED lightbulbs that work with Alexa.

Best UI/UX

Each winning team member receives a Wacom Bamboo Slate Smartpad Digital Notebook.

Best Hardware Hack

Each winning team member receives an Arduino Starter Kit.

[Envel] Coding Finance Award

We are looking for the team that can build the funniest, most creative, most original algorithms for organizing their bank account. Each winning team member will receive an Oculus Quest and a branded Envel Patagonia jacket.

[Coding It Forward] Best Social Impact Hack

The winning team will receive $500 in cash.

[Google Cloud] Best Use of Google Cloud Platform (1st Place)

Each first place winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini, Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, and Cloud Water Bottle.

[Google Cloud] Best Use of Google Cloud Platform (2nd Place)

Winning team members will receive Google Home Minis.

[Google Cloud] Best Use of Google Cloud Platform (3rd Place)

Winning team members will receive Google Home Minis.

[Facebook] Best Hack For Building Community or Connecting People

Each winning team member will receive an Oculus Go.

[Capital One] Best Financial Hack

How will you reimagine banking? Each winning team member receives a $250 Amazon Gift Card.

Harvard Undergraduate Council Challenge

This challenge tackles a problem familiar to all Harvard students: the struggle to find study groups. Create a web platform to help facilitate the creation of peer study groups in classes. The winning team will receive $100 Amazon gift cards per teammate + get to collaborate with the Harvard Undergraduate Council to polish and launch this product next semester for Harvard classes. (Only teams with at least 1 Harvard College member are eligible.)

[MLH] Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Each winning team member will receive a Domain.com branded backpack.

[MLH] Best Automation Hack with UiPath

Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and DROCON Drone, and a highly recommended INTERVIEW with the company!

Judges

Rameshkumar Jatiya

Rameshkumar Jatiya
John Hancock

Byron Glueck

Byron Glueck
John Hancock

Jamie Caines

Jamie Caines
Harvard SEAS Society of Women Engineers, President

Sruthi Palaniappan

Sruthi Palaniappan
Harvard Undergraduate Council, President

Diane Williams

Diane Williams
MIT/Harvard, EdTech Entrepreneur

Shereen Bellamy

Shereen Bellamy
Intel

Nathan Wu

Nathan Wu
Harvard Undergraduate Capital Partners, President

Juliana Rogoff

Juliana Rogoff
Harvard University

William Drew

William Drew
Harvard University

Jacob Khan

Jacob Khan
Harvard Extension School

Leo Shao

Leo Shao
Harvard University

Kendall Weistroffer

Kendall Weistroffer
MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Shriank Kanaparti

Shriank Kanaparti
Harvard University

Austin Li

Austin Li
Harvard University

Shaan Singh

Shaan Singh
Harvard University

Riley McDermott

Riley McDermott
Harvard University

Fianko Buckle

Fianko Buckle
Harvard University

Cory Levy

Cory Levy
First Text, Founder

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Depth
  • Design
  • Usability
  • Technical Difficulty