HackRU is a 24-hour hackathon at Rutgers University. We welcome hundreds of students to join us in building awesome software and hardware projects.

Welcome to the fifteenth biannual HackRU, hosted at Rutgers University by USACS, the Undergraduate Student Alliance of Computer Scientists!

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Prizes

$14,395 in prizes

1st Place Prize: Airpods

Each team member will receive a pair of Apple Airpods
*Requires a separate form to be filled out*

2nd Place Prize: JBL Speakers

Each team member will receive a wireless JBL speaker
*Requires a separate form to be filled out*

3rd Place Prize: NES mini

Each team member will receive a mini NES Classic Edition
*Requires a separate form to be filled out*

Best Failure to Launch

Each member of the team will receive a $25 amazon gift card

Best Rutgers Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive approximately $60 worth of Rutgers Swag

Best Magic Related or Humor Hack

Each member of one team will be given inflatable T-Rex costumes ($50/each) or a mini projector ($80/each and *requires a separate form to be filled out*)

Best Hardware Hack

Each team member will receive an Amazon Echo ($80/each *Requires a separate form to be filled out*)

Best AI Hack

Each team member will receive a Corsair RGB keyboard ($50/each) or a Keurig K-Mini ($85/each *Requires a separate form to be filled out*)

Best Solo Hack

The winner will receive a $50 Uber gift card

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 use of Google Cloud Platform

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

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.

Best Use of Wolfram Language

Presented by Wolfram Research: Each team member will receive: One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Best Car App (4)

Presented by Smartcar: Each team member will receive: an Echo Dot and a place in Smartcar's Garage Program

Best use of the Twilio API

Presented by Twilio: Each team member will receive: Sonos Speakers

Gartner HackRU Skill Challenge

Presented by Gartner: Each member of the winning team will receive a $125 AMEX gift card

For more info: https://bit.ly/2ETZQG7

Wakefern Challenge - Best Innovative Community/Tech Hack (3)

Each team member will receive a $75 ShopRite gift card

Best Use of iCims API

Each team member will recieve a $100 AMEX gift card

Best Use of Snap Kit

Each Team member will receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat

Best Use of the Merck API (4)

Each team member will receive a pair of Sony noise cancelling headphones (1st place), a Super NES Classic or an ADA Box kit (2nd or 3rd place)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Lars Sorensen

Lars Sorensen
Professor at Rutgers University

Deborah Silver

Deborah Silver
Professor at Rutgers University

Michael Beals

Michael Beals
Professor at Rutgers University

Jingjin Yu

Jingjin Yu
Professor at Rutgers University

Srinivas Narayana

Srinivas Narayana
Professor at Rutgers University

Alex Borgida

Alex Borgida
Professor at Rutgers University

Sakib Jalal

Sakib Jalal
Production Engineer at Facebook

Carlin Au

Carlin Au

Rob Spectre

Rob Spectre

Rangaraj Tirumala

Rangaraj Tirumala

Shantanu Laghate

Shantanu Laghate

Judging Criteria

  • Functionality
    How practical the hack is to use.
  • Creativity
    How original the hack is. The hack is independent from other thought, and came from unique strategy.
  • Design
    How the hack looks presentation wise.
  • Technical Difficulty
    The Technical Difficulty category encapsulates projects that exhibit a high degree of complexity.