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HackCWRU is Cleveland’s premier student organized hackathon hosted at Case
Western Reserve University. This year 350+ budding engineers, designers, and hackers from Universities and high schools alike will come together and showcase their skills in CWRU’s Sears Think[box] - the largest open-access innovation center at any University in the world. Fully equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters, soldering kits, and more, our attendees develop a wide range of projects from web applications to hardware based solutions with the goal of solving problems at the enterprise and consumer level.

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Prizes

$8,748 in prizes

Health Track Winner

Each team member will get an Oculus Go for the top Health hack!

FinTech Track Winner

Each team member will get a UE Megaboom speaker for the top Fintech hack!

Maker Track Winner

Each team member will get Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones II for the top Maker hack!

Civic Track Winner

Sonos One smart speaker and Hue smart lights for the top civic hack!

Garverick Memorial Prize

Each team member will get a Razer BlackWidow Elite: Esports Gaming Keyboard for the best education focused hack.

Best Hardware Hack

Each team member will get a Keurig K-Elite Cofee Maker for the best hardware focused hack.

Most Artistic or Best Looking Hack

Moleskine Paper Tablet for the most artistic or best looking hack.

Best Game Hack

Atari Flashback 9 Gold

Most Efficient Hack

37-in-1 Wallet Multitool Card and a one year JetBrains subscription for the most efficient hack.

Most Ridiculous Hack

Sushi socks for the most ridiculous hack.

Best Beginner Hack

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B for the best beginner hack.

Best Domain Registered with 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.

Rockwell's Diversity Prize

Sonos One smart speaker from Rockwell Automation for the most diverse hack

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.

JPMC: Best Hack for Disaster Relief & Recovery

Think about how technology can be used to aid cities impacted by natural disasters with relief and recovery. You can build off of one of the existing ideas already in the disaster relief technology landscape or come up with new ideas that address gaps in this space.

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.

Best Octocat Drawing

Draw a picture of the GitHub Octocat. Tweet a picture of your drawing at @GitHubEducation with both the hackathon's hastag and #MyOctocat. The winner at each event will receive an Octocat Statue.

Best hack using Snap Kit SDK (4)

OmniSci: Best Insight in Crazy Big Data Set (2)

Best use of OmniSci cloud processing for data set with over a million distinct points. The winners will receive Apple Airpods.

Best IoT Hack using Rockwell Automation's Common Gateway Platform

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Anyone currently attending middle school, high school, or university. Teams can have between 1 and 4 individuals. 

Requirements

Make sure you select the prizes that apply to your hack. All projects must be submitted before 8am on Sunday, Feburary 17. Note: You may continue to work on your hack until 9am on Sunday.

How to enter

Register at hack.cwru.edu!

Join the Slack here!

Judges

Larry Sears

Larry Sears
Founder of Hexagram, Inc.

Ian Charnas

Ian Charnas
Manager of think[box]

James McGuffin-Cawley

James McGuffin-Cawley
Associate Dean for Research at Case Western Reserve University

Jing Li

Jing Li
Associate Chair of Computer Science, CWRU

Xyla Foxlin

Xyla Foxlin
Founder of Parihug

Nick Barndt

Nick Barndt
President, Barendt and Associates, LLC

Dina Benayad-Cheriff

Dina Benayad-Cheriff
Apple

Andrew Covarrubias

Andrew Covarrubias
Intel

Raymond Krajci

Raymond Krajci
think[box]

Katherine Cass

Katherine Cass
Salesforce

Daniel Grigsby

Daniel Grigsby
Yelp

Evren Gurkan-Cavusoglu

Evren Gurkan-Cavusoglu
Case Western Reserve University EECS Professor

Anno van den Akker

Anno van den Akker
Netronome

Chaz Braman

Chaz Braman
Centric Consulting

Maria Kuznetsov

Maria Kuznetsov
Target

Richard Bachmann

Richard Bachmann
Case Western Reserve University Mechanical Engineering Professor

Michael Fu

Michael Fu
Case Western Reserve University EECS Professor

Tom Elemko

Tom Elemko
Everykey

Ryan May

Ryan May
Intwine Connect

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    How original is the project? Does the hack us a tool or technology in a unique way?
  • Practicality
    How useful is this hack? Is there a realistic market for this product? Does this project achieve its goal?
  • Technical Depth
    How technically difficult is this project? Is the hack created with tools new to the hackers?
  • Polish
    How is the project presented? Does the hack work as expected? How does the project look? Does the hack have an intuitive user experience?