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 Good

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

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?

Remote Education/Work

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.

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Prizes

$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.

Best Design

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.

http://g.co/learncloud/hackathon-fund

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

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Participants: high school, undergraduate, and graduate students age 16+
  • Countries: all

Judges

Greg Gorman
Director of Operations, Infrastructure and Open Source, IBM

Pranjal Bhardwaj

Pranjal Bhardwaj
CEO, Collabrains

Shivangi Singh
Software Engineer, Oracle

Akshar Bonu

Akshar Bonu
CEO, The Custom Movement

Jing Lin

Jing Lin
Founder, Stealth

Afika Nyati

Afika Nyati
Design Technologist, MIT Alum

Krish Munot

Krish Munot
Product Manager, Stackend Solutions

Joshua Baek
Scout, OpenScout

Naba Rizvi

Naba Rizvi
PhD Student, UC San Diego and Founder, Non-Traditional Techies

Bhushan Bhatt

Bhushan Bhatt
Sr. Solutions Architect, Verizon

Lauren Parkos
Staff UX Design Technologist, General Electric

Katherine Lu

Katherine Lu
Product Manager, Microsoft and Advisor, Hack the North

Riju Khatri
Software Engineer, BlackRock

Mark Wai

Mark Wai
Co-Founder, Orbiter

Terrell Ibanez

Terrell Ibanez
Software Engineer

David Netter

David Netter
MSc Candidate in Information Systems, Harvard College

Ream Gebrekidan

Ream Gebrekidan
Student, Harvard College

Quan Narula

Quan Narula
Mechanical Engineering, Harvard College

Jannatul Ferdous

Jannatul Ferdous
Computer Science, Lafayette College

Pete Turnbull

Pete Turnbull
CTO, Demigod

Nayely Martinez

Nayely Martinez
Senior Software Engineer, Marqeta

Sabrina Liu

Sabrina Liu
Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Harshita Girase

Harshita Girase
Software Engineer, Torch Labs

Nikhila Ravi

Nikhila Ravi
Software Engineer, Facebook

Prionti Nasir
Software Development Researcher, National Technical Institute for The Deaf

Yash Patel
AWS Educate Student Ambassador, Open Source Mentor

Winston Zhang

Winston Zhang
Co-Founder, Orbiter

Victor Zhang

Victor Zhang
Co-Founder, Orbiter

Martin Stoyanov
Founder, Emailio

Michelle Marcelline

Michelle Marcelline
Co-Founder, Cotter

Putri Karunia

Putri Karunia
CTO and Co-Founder, Cotter

Kevin Chandra

Kevin Chandra
Co-Founder, Cotter

Anthony Christian

Anthony Christian
Co-Founder, Cotter

Susan Diamond

Susan Diamond
Senior Technical Staff Member/Engineering Manager, IBM Watson

Sean Roades

Sean Roades
Economics, Harvard College

Yao Yin
CS and Physics, Harvard College

Albert Putra Purnama

Albert Putra Purnama
Co-Founder, Cotter

Yogendrasingh Pawar

Yogendrasingh Pawar
Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador

Keerthi Samireddy
Software Engineer, IBM

Sidra Ahmed

Sidra Ahmed
Developer Advocate, IBM

Lucas Sahn

Lucas Sahn
Program Manager, IBM

Cameron Akker

Cameron Akker
Micro-Mobility Team, Lyft

Arjun Sharma

Arjun Sharma
Software Engineer, YCA

Judging Criteria

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

themes

  • Communication
  • Social Good
  • Healthcare