University of Southern California’s largest hackathon. Apply before November 29th.

This year, we’re focused on bringing solutions to those in need by pushing the boundaries of innovation.

HackSC 2020 Applications Open NOW till November 29, 2019 at HackSC.com

Bigger prizes and we’re also increasing our number of verticals by a staggering 33%! This year will have *four* categories under which you can compete: Sustainability, Civil Liberties, Mental Health, and Equity.

Find your forte and gather a team to create a product with a lasting legacy. HackSC 2019 was grand, but we want HackSC 2020 to better not just the lives of our hackers, but promote social good for as wide an impact as possible. Help us achieve our goal, and we’ll help you along the way!

Visit HackSC.com to apply and learn more about our event.

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Prizes

$13,790 in prizes

[HACKSC VERTICAL] CIVIL RIGHTS

Everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their own skin, online or off. Help provide technological solutions to issues such as online harassment, workplace misconduct, and bullying, in ways which are innovative, accessible, and straightforward.

Winning team gets: 1x Nintendo Switch Lite, 1x Airpods, 1x Camera Drone, 1x Bose Bluetooth Speaker, Troy Labs demo spot

[HACKSC VERTICAL] SUSTAINABILITY

Mother Earth has a fever and it’s in our best interest to cure her. Find creative ways to help curb pollution of all varieties, enable access to better environmental scientific literature, or any other cause you see fit to help the planet we all share.

Winning team gets: 1x Nintendo Switch Lite, 1x Airpods, 1x Camera Drone, 1x Bose Bluetooth Speaker, Troy Labs demo spot

[HACKSC VERTICAL] EQUITY

Not all people have access to appropriate resources for financial literacy, legal aid, health information, or any other relevant source of knowledge. Create a product which helps level the playing field by aiding access to information that everyone is entitled to have.

Winning team gets: 1x Nintendo Switch Lite, 1x Airpods, 1x Camera Drone, 1x Bose Bluetooth Speaker, Troy Labs demo spot

[HACKSC VERTICAL] MENTAL HEALTH

The discussion of mental health care has been increasingly accepted, but is always at a shortage of convenient and stigma-free resources. Contribute to the progress of mental health services by making a product which facilitates care, serves as a liaison to accurate information, works to raise awareness, or any other action you see fit to help the vast category of mental health.

Winning team gets: 1x Nintendo Switch Lite, 1x Airpods, 1x Camera Drone, 1x Bose Bluetooth Speaker, Troy Labs demo spot, Global Shapers mentorship, Atlasq mentorship, ScaleLA membership

[N3TWORK] Best Hack using Unity Game Engine

Best Hack using Unity Game Engine

Download it here: https://store.unity.com/products/unity-personal

The winning team gets a $150 Visa gift card

[Anonymous Sponsor] Best immigrant rights hack in the civil rights category

Create a scalable solution to enable detained immigrants to efficiently contact legal service providers, and relay sensitive information to draft a legal case.

Every member of the winning team receives Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones

[alwaysAI] alwaysAI's Favorite Hack

How would you make a positive impact in the world if you could give intelligent sight to a robot?

Winning team gets a NVIDIA Jetson Nano and a Nano Robot Kit.

[Xpring] Xpring's Civil Rights Category Challenge

Use Xpring to help support the right to vote. Check out https://xpring.io/docs#started and https://github.com/ripple/xrp-api!

Each member of the winning team gets an Apple Watch

[Xpring] Xpring's Sustainability Category Challenge

Use Xpring to help reduce computational resource consumption. Check out https://xpring.io/docs#started and https://github.com/ripple/xrp-api!

Each member of the winning team gets a DJI Mini Drone

[Xpring] Xpring's Mental Health Category Challenge

Use Xpring to help improve mental health through incentives. Check out https://xpring.io/docs#started and https://github.com/ripple/xrp-api!

Each member of the winning team gets a Nintendo Switch

[xMatters] xMatters' Favorite Hack

Each member of the winning team gets a $200 Apple Gift Card!

[MUX] Mux's favorite hack

Best hack that uses one of the Mux Video APIs. Teams must use one of the Mux Video APIs (https://docs.mux.com/docs). Mux has an API for hosting and delivering video on demand for playback across all devices: Web, iOS, Android, AppleTV, Roku, etc. Think about using video on demand to build a product like YouTube or Netflix. Mux also has an API for live streaming, think about using live streaming for a product like Periscope, Twitch or YouTube Live.

Each member of the winning team gets a Nintendo Switch!

[Nimbella] Best hack using Nimbella Commander

Create a unique and useful command set inside Slack! Our prizes will be given to the top 2 teams who create at least one command set using Nimbella Commander and post the set to GitHub for others to use!

Example commands can utilize any of Commander's features and can call out any cloud APIs such as:
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- Devops services like Github/Gitlab/Jenkins/Jira/Confluence
- Ecommerce platforms like Shopify
- Online marketplaces
- Social Media
- Any API that you find interesting!

Resources: https://nimbella.com/product/commander, https://nimbella.com/resources-commander/guide, and check out our API directory for more information!

Any commands created should only use APIs of those cloud services that have free or trial or your own personal accounts. All submissions need to be open-sourced under MIT license. It should be included in README documentation in Github.

Bonus Points for professional outputs and READMEs!

Winning team gets $300

Share your command set on sites like Medium, Dev.to, Linkedin, and Twitter after the Hackathon with a well written write up and we’ll send you $25 gift card!

[Google Cloud Platform] Best use of Google Cloud

Use any Google Cloud product in your project (Firebase counts!)

Each member of the FIRST PLACE winning team receives: Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, Cloud Water Bottle, and Google Nest Mini

[Google Cloud Platform] Best use of Google Cloud - RUNNER UP

Use any Google Cloud product in your project (Firebase counts!)

Runner ups get Nest minis

[MLH] Best Domain Name from Domain.com (2)

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 Domain.com branded backpack.

[MLH] Best Automation Hack with UiPath

Build or add automation to your hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a Limited Edition UiPath Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with high recommendation!

[MLH] Best use of MongoDB Atlas

Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud! Automate the provisioning and deployment process with ease, while focusing all your efforts on your hack. Projects built using MongoDB Atlas will be eligible to win an AirCharge Plus per team member.

[MLH] Most Creative Radar.io Hack

Build the most creative hack using Radar's SDKs and APIs for geofencing, location search, and geocoding. Some ideas for location-aware projects include a delivery tracker, campus building locator, and a Find my Friends clone. Winning team members will be eligible to win a Tile Sticker Smart Tracker and a chance to be featured by Radar. Visit https://hack.mlh.io/prizes/ for more info.

Eligibility

All student participants must be full-time or part-time university or college students during Spring 2019. All student participants must be 18 years or older at the time of the event. 

Requirements

Teams must submit a list of members, including mentors, upon submitting their project. Any modifications after that must be approved by the organizers. Single-person teams are allowed, but we encourage you to work in groups! Teams are limited to 4 people!

Judges

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Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity
  • Functionality
  • Feasibility
  • Passion
  • "Wow Factor"

theme

  • Social Good