Your virtual tech innovation marathon!

hackUMBC 2020 will transform into a virtual world of 8Bit from 13th November to November 15th (virtually) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County!

HackUMBC is a weekend for students of all skill levels to broaden their talents. Your challenge is to make an awesome project in just 36 hours. You will have access to hands-on workshops and demos from our sponsors, as well as exciting talks about the awesome things happening right now with computer science and technology - not to mention all of the shirts, stickers, and swag!

hackUMBC begins with just a weekend, but we hope you're ready to learn new skills, make friends, and foster ideas here that flourish.

Ready to apply? You'll need a laptop and your fanciest thinking cap - everything else is on us. 
Begin your journey by applying now at hackUMBC.org. This step is mandatory.

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Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$18,300 in prizes

Best Use of Collaboration Technology | T. Rowe Price

Whether it’s your Zoom-bot or Symphony plug-in – bring your Best Use of Collaboration Technology to your hack! The hack will be judged based on:
- Quality (how creative or original is your hack)
- Execution (how well is your hack executed)
- Value (how useful is your hack)

Each member of the winning team will receive a personalized virtual meeting with a member of the T. Rowe Price Global Technology Management Committee - we’ll help you choose the right leader! Want to talk shop – Cybersecurity, Engineering, Data Science? Want to meet with a Woman Leader in Technology? Learn about different career paths? Wondering about getting a job vs. going to Grad School? Just have coffee and chat with the CTO?

♚ This is a priceless opportunity to connect with leaders in the technology industry on a whole new level.

Best use of secured cloud technologies | General Dynamics Mission Systems

Best Financial Hack | Capital One

Build the best financial hack you can think of!
♚ Amazon gift cards ($250) to each winning team member.

General Track - Advanced

Win a $100 Amazon Gift card per team member
(Total of 4 team members)

General Track - Beginner

Win a $100 Amazon Gift card per team member
(Total of 4 team members)

Health Care Track - Advanced

Win a $100 Amazon Gift card per team member
(Total of 4 team members)

Health Care Track - Beginner

Win a $100 Amazon Gift card per team member
(Total of 4 team members)

Education Track - Advanced

Win a $100 Amazon Gift card per team member
(Total of 4 team members)

Education Track - Beginner

Win a $100 Amazon Gift card per team member
(Total of 4 team members)

Connection Track - Advanced

Win a $100 Amazon Gift card per team member
(Total of 4 team members)

Best Digital Forensic Related Hack | Cipher Tech

Show us your best digital forensic related hack. Topics include but are not limited to:
- Data carving\reconstruction\recovery tools
- finding specific objects (other than faces) in a large collection of digital images
- steganography detection or exploitation
- registry or memory artifact analysis
- encryption detection
- anything else that could aid investigators who are looking at devices of interest (e.g., computers or phones involved in a criminal investigation.)

♚ A CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Kit and a Cipher Tech Bag of Swag for each winning team member

Connection Track - Beginner

Win a $100 Amazon Gift card per team member
(Total of 4 team members)

Equity Track - Advanced

Win a $100 Amazon Gift card per team member
(Total of 4 team members)

Equity Track - Beginner

Win a $100 Amazon Gift card per team member
(Total of 4 team members)

Hobbies Track - Advanced

Win a $100 Amazon Gift card per team member
(Total of 4 team members)

Hobbies Track - Beginner

Win a $100 Amazon Gift card per team member
(Total of 4 team members)

Best Data Visualization | ClearEdge IT

In alignment with ClearEdge's vision and mission, we will be awarding a prize to the team with the Best Data Visualization.
Criteria considered will include:
Scale of the data explored
Usefulness of the data being explored
Ability for user to interact with the visualization to explore the data
Visual appeal

♚ Each member of the winning team will receive a CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 8GB Basic Starter Kit with Fan (8GB RAM) shipped directly to them. Team members will also have the opportunity to do a mock interview and resume review with our ClearEdge hiring team.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com | MLH

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.

Best use of Google Cloud | MLH

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: http://g.co/cloud.

Google Cloud branded backpack, water bottle, and trophy

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key | MLH (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. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

Best Use of CockroachDB | MLH

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. PostgreSQL compatible and easy to use. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for each team member. What's more, ALL projects submitted that use CockroachDB will receive a free t-shirt!

- CockroachDB Branded 3-Doodle 3D Printing Pen

Build the best AR/VR application using | echoAR

ANY QUESTIONS?
echoAR documentation:
https://docs.echoar.xyz/
echoAR Slack support channel:
https://go.echoar.xyz/join
echoAR Github repository:
https://github.com/echoARxyz


1. A $50 Amazon gift card (per team);
2. 1-month free Business Tier access (per team member); and
3. Selected projects will be featured on our “Inspiration” page

Participants MUST use the echoAR platform as part of their project to be eligible for a reward.

Presented by Wolfram (15)

Wolfram Award for everyone in the top 15 teams (max 4 individuals per team):
- One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition
- One year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

There is no strict team size limit, but be aware that most prizes will be given out in sets of 4.

Requirements

Create your Devpost submission on our hackUMBC 2020 Devpost and attach a video/demo (maximum 3-minute long) before the hacking period ends (Sunday, November 15th 11 AM EST)

  • Every team can only submit one project. Multiple submissions per team will not be allowed.

  • Every submission must include a GitHub link to any code written for the hack unless previous arrangements were made with the Organizers.

  • Every submission must include a max. 3-minute long demo video showcasing the features of the project.

    • We cannot guarantee that judges will fully watch your video if they’re longer than 3 minutes.

  • Projects without a demo video will not be judged. These videos will be shown to our judges and if your project ends up winning a general category or track prize, it may be played/published on our social media channels.

Judges

Major League Hacking

Major League Hacking

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Depth
  • Design
  • Potential
  • Presentation/Demo

themes

  • Gaming
  • Cybersecurity
  • Health