Are you ready to shoot for the stars!? Plutohacks is a hackathon organized by BC CSIT. In our hackathon, we have workshops to help our hackers learn as much as they can during the weekend and panels to help jog our hacker's minds to help inspire projects and ideas...and don't forget about all the fun we will have with our games throughout the whole weekend.
This year, Plutohack's main tracks are Education and Community. Here are some questions you can ask yourself when brainstorming!
If you could reinvent online learning, how would you do it?
How can we help small business shoot for the moon?
How can we improve our community with all the knowledge we have to date?
$2,000 in prizes
Description: Best overall projects based on creativity, execution, and impact. All projects submitted are automatically entered for the best overall category.
Best Overall prize is $200 per team member
Best First Time Hack
Description: This category requires that at least 2 team members must be first-time hackers (submitting a project at a hackathon for the first time).
The prize is $100 per team member.
Best Educational Hack
Description: Build any project targeted at improving education.
The Best Educational Hack prize is $100 per team member.
Best Community Hack
Description: Hack on any social good topic that you're passionate about to improve the community!
Best Community Hack prize is $100 per team member.
Best Space App powered by Space Force - By MLH
The sky is not the limit! Try your hand at making a space-themed application for a chance to win a wireless Bluetooth speaker for you and your team from the U.S. Space Force! We’re looking for amazing solutions to any space-related problems you can imagine. For any sci-fi enthusiast, this is the perfect opportunity to push the limits of your creativity by building the technology of tomorrow, today. We can’t wait to see the solutions you build!
Please note: the majority of your team members must be located in the United States to qualify.
Best Web Monetization Project - By MLH
Coil is all about providing better ways to access and reward the creators, publishers and platforms that you love. Coil members get to view web monetized sites while streaming micropayments directly to the website owner, or in this case, you! In turn, you can react to payments in real time by displaying a thank-you message, unlocking bonus content, features and so much more! The possibilities are endless. Build a web monetized hack using Coil for a chance to win an Anker - PowerCore Quick Charge Portable Charger, exclusive Coil pin and a $60 coil credit redemption card! Bonus points for originality and creativity!
Most Creative Use of Twilio - By MLH
Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!
Best Domain Name from GoDaddy Registry - By MLH
GoDaddy Registry is giving you everything you need to be the best hacker no matter where you are. Register your domain name with GoDaddy Registry for a chance to win a Hack from Home Kit! Each Kit contains wireless earbuds, blue light glasses, selfie ring light and a pouch for easy transport.
Best Use of Google Cloud - By 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: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded backpack.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Software Engineer / UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group)
Founder / Cre8tive Devs Software
Principal Software Engineer / Microsoft Mixed Reality
CIO & VP of Information Technology / Broward College
Head of Innovation | Master of Skunkworks / PeakActivity
Sales Representative / Pearson
Senior Strategist - Higher Education / Dell Technologies
Chief Reality Agumentor / 3D Hologroup Inc.
Originality, does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
How well was the project presented? Did it make the hack more compelling? Did it give a good idea of its purpose?