IvyHacks 2020: Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers
Welcome to the first-ever IvyHacks, a joint hackathon hosted by 6 Ivy League university hackathons (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Princeton)!
For more info, check our website www.ivyhacks.com. Applications close 9/27.
Theme and Tracks
This year, our theme is breaking barriers, building bridges. Collective action is needed now more than ever, yet society is fractured through physical separation and other means. Social, political, and economic inequalities are widening, in a time where we should be breaking barriers and building bridges. Shine a light on causes that spark your imagination, and create an impactful hack for the post-pandemic world. Together, we can uplift each other in this time of need and grow towards a more connected and supportive future.
Submit to 1 of our 4 tracks for a chance to win track-specific prizes! This year, our tracks are social good, healthcare, remote work/education, and envisioning a more technologically connected future.
Social impact has come to the forefront of our lives, and technology’s ability to empower this impact has been unprecedented. From transforming fair and transparent elections to bringing aid to those who need it most in natural disasters, technology has the power to amplify the magnitude of impact anyone is capable of. We can’t wait to see how you will harness this power to transform the world for the better.
Healthcare, the key to our mental and physical wellbeing, has always been a complex and essential issue but has gained particular pertinence of late amidst this global pandemic. Since time immemorial, technology has empowered us to explore possibilities to improve our quality of life and increase the accessibility of care. This track is for hackers who strive to break new ground in mental and physical health in bringing innovative tech integrations into care. Some aspects to consider: how can one increase the efficiency of the grand governmental healthcare system? How can one ensure equity in the distribution of resources? How can one tackle accessibility to care, mental and/or physical, for populations across different socioeconomic backgrounds?
Both education and work have gone remote over the past months, and it's very likely that neither of these experiences will be the same in the future. This track is for hacks that are related to how we work, operate, and learn remotely. Hackers might want to think about how we keep people engaged during online classes and meetings, how to mimic the social aspect of being in person at either a workplace or school or about the best way to deliver content and share information remotely.
Envisioning a More Technologically Connected Future
The pandemic has greatly changed how we communicate and interact with each other. We've been growing toward a more technological future for some time now, where the majority of our social interaction takes place through the screen instead of in real life. Furthermore, our transactions, healthcare, and careers are growing more virtual and more autonomous. This track is for hacks that intend to explore what a less physically connected artificial intelligence future looks like and how we can protect humanity and global unity.
$60,900 in prizes
Best Overall Hack
The best overall hack submitted to IvyHacks 2020. Not only is it novel, interesting, and useful, but it is also technically sound and exciting to many. Each winning team member (up to 4) receives a Nintendo Switch Lite + ticket (with full travel reimbursement) to Pinnacle, the Olympics of hackathons.
2nd Best Overall Hack
Each winning team member (up to 4) receives a DJI Tello EDU Mini Drone.
3rd Best Overall Hack
Each winning team member (up to 4) receives a Roku Ultra Streaming Player.
Best Social Good Hack
The team as a whole gets a donation of $200 to a pre-approved charity of their choice. Each winning team member (up to 4) receives an Amazon Echo Dot with Clock.
Best Healthcare Hack
Each winning team member (up to 4) receives a FitBit Charge 3.
Best Remote Education and Work Hack
Each winning team member (up to 4) receives a OHDERII Projector.
The winning team will also have priority interviews for Open Waters VC's Venture scout program! They will have the opportunity to work directly with Open Water partners and portfolio companies while also networking with other venture scouts across multiple locations.
Best Connectivity Hack
Each winning team member (up to 4) receives a 4-Pack Tile Pro.
Best First-Time Hack
If this is the entire team's first hackathon, this one goes out to you! Each winning team member (up to 4) receives a Razer Ornata Chroma Gaming Keyboard.
Each winning team member (up to 4) receives a Fujifilm Camera.
Best Implementation and Potential for Growth
Each winning team member (up to 4) receives a JBL Flip 5.
Hacker Spirit Prize (3)
This prize is for the 3 individual hackers that attended the most talks, workshops, panels, and social events! Each hacker will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card. To be eligible to claim this prize you must complete this attendance form for each event you go to: https://forms.gle/2y4QPYpK3uoB1VzE7
IBM API Prize (3)
Technology can aid how the community responds to problems caused by COVID-19 separate from government or healthcare officials. This includes how our bedrooms have become our classrooms, how we can know the information we are reading and hearing is accurate, how we can communicate in this crisis and so much more. We’re looking to gauge projects outside of healthcare-related solutions that assist or resolve other obstacles presented by this pandemic. Categories for this challenge may include remote education, crisis communication, community cooperation, etc.
To qualify for this challenge all solutions in this category must leverage at least 1 IBM service or API.
We will be offering $1000 to be split amongst the first place team, $750 to be split by the second place team, and $500 split amongst the third place team.
Wayfair Social Good Hack (2)
Create a solution to support low income or displaced families on finding and securing housing or other vital resources.
1st place team - $100 visa egift card per person
2nd place team - $30 Uber Eats egift card per person
Best Financial Hack (Capital One)
Build the best financial hack you can think of! Capital One mentors will award each member of the winning team with $250 Amazon gift cards.
Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key
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 Google Cloud - COVID-19 Hackathon Fund (2)
Any number of selected projects may receive an invitation to apply to the Google Cloud COVID-19 hackathon fund awarding up to $5,000 in cloud credits and guidance from Google developers.
Best Use of Google Cloud - Use Any Google Cloud Service (2)
1st place prize: Google Cloud branded backpack, water bottle, and trophy! (US mailing addresses only)
2nd place prize: Google Home for each member of the winning team ! (US mailing addresses only)
Best Multiplayer Product (Room Service)
Design the best product that allows multiple people to work, collaborate, or play with the same thing at the same time!
Prize: $25k of Room Service Credits
Best Use of Geopipe
To qualify, an entry must display at least one 3d model from Geopipe. We can offer API access to a city of the winners' choice for a period of up to 1 year (or until $5000 in revenue from the resulting software is reached, whichever comes first).
Best Domain Registered with Domain.com - MLH
To qualify, register a domain with Domain.com for free, and be sure to include the domain name in your devpost submission! Domains must be registered on Domain.com during this hackathon. Prize: Domain.com Backpacks
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
- Participants: high school, undergraduate, and graduate students age 16+
- Countries: all
- You must submit a link to a public GitHub repo that was created during the dates of Oct 1-4.
- You must submit a video explaining/demoing your project under 2 minutes.
- Please select the appropriate tracks and prizes your project is competing for.
- [Optional] Sign up for a live pitch slot here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XQVtVfcTpxw_Cr8vsFmXu09-AeVWp2BEmRhtvC1FwUQ/edit?usp=sharing
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