You are only eligible to participate if you register and are accepted through our website, https://hacks2021.uncommonhacks.com. Submissions from non-accepted participants will NOT be counted.

Uncommon Hacks is a weekend-long celebration of technology where college and high students from everywhere log onto the interwebs to make fun, random, and innovative tech-related projects with friends old and new. You'll work in a small team to design and build a creative project from start to finish in a weekend, learning and having fun in the process.

 

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Prizes

Most Uncommon

The winning hack is a well balanced, well designed, technically impressive, and innovative project that is complete with a little "interesting" surprise?

Prize: Each winning team member will get a NEOGEO Mini International or $50 gift card

Most Technically Impressive

Does the product function completely? How much of the functionality was written by the competitors themselves as opposed to open source code/APIs (self written is better)?

Prize: Each winning team member will get a Echo Dot or $50 gift card

Most Creative

Is the idea unique, compared to other ideas seen in the real world and / or when comparing to other projects within the Hackathon? Does it solve a problem, no matter how silly? Does it have great UI/UX design?

Prize: Each winning team member will get a Huion Drawing Tablet or $50 gift card

Most Impactful

Awarded to the team that creates the most socially impactful hack that has the capacity to create change beyond the scope of the hackathon.

Prize: Each winning team member will get a Fire TV Stick or $50 gift card

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Does not need to use hardware components - can use online emulators - as long as it is related to IoT hacks! Win a beginner groove kit to build your next hardware project.

Prize: Each winning team member will receive a Grove Beginner Kit.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend!

Prize: Each winning team member will receive a Domain.com branded backpack.

Best Use of Google Cloud

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.

Prize: 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 Parkland backpack

Best Use of CockroachDB

CockroachDB is a distributed SQL database using a table structure most developers will recognize. It provides a familiar SQL API for structuring, manipulating, and querying data. ALL projects submitted that use CockroachDB will receive a free t-shirt!

Prize: 3D printing pen for each team member.

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Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Our hackathon is open to high school and university students worldwide. High school students must be registered by their parents. You are only eligible to participate if you register and are accepted through our website, https://hacks2021.uncommonhacks.com.

Requirements

We accept submission from people who registered with us and who were formally accepted by email. No one else is eligible to participate or qualify for any of the awards.

We accept submissions from teams of up to 4.

We accept submissions that have been started during the hours of our hackathon.

You can cross-submit if you are participating in concurrent hackathons, however your project must be an original work.

No existing/ongoing projects that were started prior to Saturday, April 3rd will be considered. 

Submissions must include a video presenting your team, description of your project, and a demo walkthrough. Videos cannot be longer than 3 minutes in length.

Judges

Ashlyn Sparrow

Ashlyn Sparrow
Assistant Director @ Weston Game Lab

Borja Sotomayor

Borja Sotomayor
Senior Lecturer @ UChicago CS

Jas Brooks

Jas Brooks
PhD Student @ UChicago

Jasmine Lu

Jasmine Lu
PhD Student @ UChicago

Juliette Hainline

Juliette Hainline
UX Researcher @ Google

Kwaku Ofori-Atta

Kwaku Ofori-Atta
Staff Software Engineer @ Swayable

Lena

Lena
Software Engineer

Lilia Gorbachik

Lilia Gorbachik
Product Manager @ Intermedia.net

Lydia Filipe

Lydia Filipe
Software Engineer @ Amazon

Laya Gollapudi

Laya Gollapudi
Software Engineer

Michael Cao

Michael Cao
MLH Judge

Nikita Vasilev

Nikita Vasilev
Data Engineer @ VTB

Rohan Kumar

Rohan Kumar
Software Engineer @ Google

Sergey Denisov

Sergey Denisov
Lead Front-End Developer @ HeadHunter Group

Will Field-Thompson

Will Field-Thompson
CTO @ Speeko

Yuri Danilov

Yuri Danilov
Software Developer at Sberbank

Judging Criteria

  • Criteria TBD

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