Learn, Build, Hack

PennApps XIII is scheduled for January 22nd-24th, 2016 at the the Penn Engineering Campus in Philadelphia. The thirteenth iteration of the nation's first college hackathon is upping the hackathon to new extremes, with the world's top and most promising hackers coming together to tackle real world problems using the latest in hardware and software. Teams start working on their hacks (at 8 PM) after the Friday evening kickoff and continue working till Sunday morning (9:00 AM). All submissions MUST be made here on Devpost. Videos are optional.

 

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Prizes

$52,000 in prizes

PennApps XIII Grand Prize

Oculus Rift + Apple Watch Sport/Android Wear + XBOX One/PS4

PennApps XIII Second Place Prize

Oculus Rift + Apple Watch Sport/Android Wear/XBOX One/PS4

PennApps XIII Third Place Prize

Oculus Rift/Apple Watch Sport/Android Wear/XBOX One/PS4

PennApps XIII Best Guru-Led Team

For teams with Hacker Gurus! | iPad Minis for each member of the winning team

PennApps XIII Hardware Route Prize

Hacks that are primarily based on physical, electronic and other non-software building blocks | iPad Minis for each member of the winning team

PennApps XIII Health Route Prize

Hacks that have applications in wellness, medicine and healthcare | iPad Minis for each member of the winning team

PennApps XIII VR/AR Route Prize

Hacks where the main focus is on Virtual/Augmented Reality | iPad Minis for each member of the winning team

PennApps XIII Social Impact/Civic Hacking Route Prize

Hacks with a primary goal geared towards social impact, or focus on a local community | iPad Minis for each member of the winning team

PennApps XIII Design Route Prize

Hacks that display the best product design - functional, beautiful and a pleasure to use | iPad Minis for each member of the winning team

PennApps XIII Humor Route Prize

Hacks that give us the funnies | iPad Minis for each member of the winning team

Best Use of Comcast Everyblock API

Apple Watches for each team member

Best Use of Johnson and Johnson OTR API - Most Entertaining

Teams must creating an engaging entertainment app for diabetes patients | Apple TVs for each member of the winning teams

Best Use of Johnson and Johnson OTR API Warehouse Attributes - Most Creative

Teams must create a creative predictive algorithm | Apple TVs for each member of the winning teams

Best App that Improves Diabetes Patients' Daily Lives, sponsored by Johnson and Johnson (2)

Apple TVs for each member of the winning teams

Most Innovative Embedded Application, sponsored by L3 Communications

Quadcopter drones with wifi camera for each team member

Best Use of Linode Services

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 for each winning team member

Best Use of Two Sigma Beaker API

$1K and Two Sigma swag bags

Best Use of Capital One Nessie API

$500 Amazon gift cards for each team member

Best Use of the BlackRock Aladdin API

Hubsan H107D X4 Mini RTF Quadcopter Drones with FPV Camera for each team member

Best Financial Hack, sponsored by BlackRock

Hubsan H107D X4 Mini RTF Quadcopter Drones with FPV Camera for each team member

Blackstone Choice Prize

Each team member will get a special Blackstone branded weekender bag with an electronics hardware starter pack we'll coordinate with you

Best Houndify API Hack - 1st Place, sponsored by SoundHound

$1000 to the winning team

Best Houndify API Hack - 2nd Place, sponsored by SoundHound

$500 to the winning team

Best Use of Plaid API

$100 in Bitcoin for each team member

Best On-Demand Hack, sponsored by Postmates

$250 in Postmates credit for each team member

"We Know Where You Were Going With This One" Prize, sponsored by Plaid

100 tacos for the winning team

Best Houndify API Hack - 3rd Place [5 teams will win], sponsored by SoundHound (5)

Trophies, many a gift card.

Best Use of MongoDB

$50 Amazon Gift cards for each winning team member and an opportunity to win attendance to the MongoDB World Hackathon

Best Use of Rapid Prototyping, sposnored by AddLab

$50 in 3D printing credit

Eligibility

If you applied to PennApps XII, recieved an offer to attend and went on to confirm that you will do so, you are eligible to attend PennApps. If you attended and hacked at PennApps, then you are eligible to make a submission. 

 

Requirements

Make your project, submit your hack to Devpost and attend the PennApps expo to show off what you built. You must demo at the expo and submit on Devpost in order to be eligible for prizes.

 

How to enter

If you applied to PennApps XII, recieved an offer to attend and went on to confirm that you will do so, you are eligible to attend PennApps. If you attended and hacked at PennApps, then you are eligible to make a submission. }

 

Judges

A Killer Judging Panel

A Killer Judging Panel

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount? This is the most important criterion that your hack will be judged upon for the general prizes.
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?