Madhacks 2018

Madhacks is the University of Wisconsin's twice-annual hackathon, bringing together participants from all over the US and Canada for 24 hours of hacking.

Unlike other hackathons, MadHacks is going to be putting emphasis on the wacky, the original, and the downright impossible!

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Prizes

$13,217 in prizes

MadHacks First Place

Nintendo Switches, or Oculus

MadHacks Second Place

Nintendo Switches, or Oculus

MadHacks Third Place

Google Home

Best Diversity Hack

Most creative hack by a team that has at least 50% women

Judges Choice

Google Smart Light Bundles

Best Beginner Hack

Free Udemy Courses of your choice

Hackers Choice

Amazon Echo Dot

Capital One Sponsor Prize

Best financial hack prize $1000

Most Viable Business Model

The Transcend Most Viable Business Model prize is awarded to the team has a project that is most likely going to succeed in market holistically. The business model, prototype, and the quality of your DevPost submission all play a factor in judging for the winner. This is the prize we believe YOU should launch a startup with. The winning team will receive chromcasts.

Sponsor(Trek) Choice

4 $50 Amazon Gift Card

Wolfram Alpha Award (15)

A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

Best use of Algolia

Use Algolia's search API in your project. Each winning team member will receive a Casio Calculator Watch

Best use of Authorize.net

Use Authorize.Net’s payment solutions (API, SDK, etc.) in your project. Each winning team member will receive an L20 Gaming Headset.

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit.

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Use Google Cloud Platform in your hack. Find a full list of GCP products & services at . Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini, max 4 per team.

Best use of HERE.com

Use HERE.com's mapping API or SDK in your project. Win gear and swag.

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Use a Qualcomm device, like the Dragonboard 410C, in your IoT project. Each winning team member will receive their own DragonBoard 410C.

[Weekly Challenge] Best Chat Bot using Botkit & Cisco Webex Teams

Use the Webex Teams API or mobile SDK in your project. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend. Each member of the winning team will receive a power bank.

[Weekly Challenge] Best use of Clarifai’s API

Use Clarifai's image or video recognition API or SDK in your project. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend. Win hack gear.

[Weekly Challenge] Best Social Good Hack from Fidelity

Demo a project that makes the world a better place through social good. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend.

[Weekly Challenge] Snap Kit Weekly Challenge

Use Snap Kit in your hack. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend and top entries will be reviewed by Snap engineers. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

  • Teams may have 1-4 members
  • All hackers in the team must be MadHacks 2018 registered participants. We will not accept any remote participation.
  • No code is written prior to the hackathon    

     

Judges

Matt Larson

Matt Larson
Senior Software Engineer at DNASTAR

Scott Kohl

Scott Kohl
CEO of ThirdSpace

Eric Hoffman

Eric Hoffman
ECE Faculty Associate, UW-Madison

Robert Steinbock

Robert Steinbock
CTO of Akitabox

John Moss

John Moss
MadHacks Lead Deveoper

Connor Stamper

Connor Stamper
MadHacks Lead Developer

Caroline Hardin

Caroline Hardin
University of Wisconsin Madison

Ian Mark

Ian Mark
MadHacks Director

Judging Criteria

  • Technicality
    Your project will be judged on its technical difficulty and complexity. How much of the code did you write and how much of them was using an API or outside library.
  • Originality
    Has this project been done before? If your project is to address a particular problem in society, does it actually solve that problem? Try to think out of the box and create a project that can wow our judges.
  • Impact
    Does your project address a specific problem that we are facing in society? If not, do you think people will actually use the project that you create? Why do you think so?
  • Design
    Did you take into considerations some user experiences to make your project more easy to use for users?
  • Learning
    Regardless if your project can actually run during the demo, what have you learned? What obstacles have you run into? Do you have a good story to tell about this learning experience?