From its inception, HackIllinois has ventured out into the unknown on a mission to build an exceptional and creative hacking culture. Join us on February 19th - 21st, 2016 for 36 hours of hacking, collaboration and fun.
University students of all skill levels are eligible to compete. We’re looking for a diverse mix of technical students from any major to create exciting, eclectic hacks. If you are an interested high school student, please fill out the application; we will contact you if there are any troubles.
Teams’ demos will be judged on several criteria including "Benefit", "Technical Difficulty", "Innovation", "Viability" and "'It' Factor". For more information about judging, please see hackillinois.org/judging.
Teams will not be told their scores during or after judging, and decisions by the judges and HackIllinois team are final.
$55,430 in prizes
HackIllinois Top Software Hacks
The first place software team receives $1000, the second place team receives $750 and the third $500.
HackIllinois Top Hardware Hacks
The first place hardware team receives $1000, the second place team receives $750 and the third $500.
a16z's Most Technically Challenging Hack
Each member receives an Anki Drive.
Amadeus' Best Use of Amadeus APIs
Each member receives a choice between an iPad or Android Tablet
Apple's Best iOS or OS App Hack
Each member receives an Apple Watch
Capital One's Best use of the Nessie API
Each member receives a $350 Amazon Gift Card
Citadel's Best Big Data App
Prize: "The Chicago Experience" - Hotel Gift Card, Restaurant Gift Card, a tin of Garret's Popcorn
Description: An application that captures processes, searches, stores, or creates a large amount of data efficiently.
Climate Corporation's Best use of Climate API
1st Place: $1000
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $250
CSG International's Best use CSGI's API
The winning team receives $500 and a Bean Bag Chair
Facebook's Favorite Hack
Trip for the winning team to the Global Hackathon Finals in Menlo Park, CA in Fall of 2016
GE Digital's Best use of Natural User Interface
Each member will receive a leap motion controller
GoDaddy's Best Product or App for Small Business Owners
Each member receives a $100 gift card
Google's Best Use of Google Tech Hack
Each member of the winning team will receive a Huawei Android wear watch and a Google sweatshirt
Intelligent Medical Object's Best Use of IMO API for big data and/or Healthcare Software Innovation
1st: JBL Flip 2 Splashproof Speakers
2nd: Quadcopter Drone w/ HD Camera
3rd: Everki Messenger Bag
Intel's Most Innovative Use of Intel Microcontrollers
1st Place: Intel Edison + Grove Indoor Environment kit for Edison
2nd Place: Arduino 101 + Grove Indoor Environment kit for Edison
3rd Place: Arduino 101
John Deere's Best Use of John Deere's API to solve an agricultural problem
1st Place: $800
2nd Place: $500
John Deere's Mission Prize
The best hack that helps meet the world's dramatically increasing demand for food, fuel, shelter, and infrastructure.
The winning team receives $300
KCG's Best Use of an Automated Test
Each member receives a Raspberry Pi FPGA Kit (LOGI Pi Development Board, Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and Bodel B + Case and a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B 1GB Project Board) and the team receives $350 gift card
Microsoft's Best Microsoft Hack
Each member receives a Microsoft Band V2
Microsoft's Best use of Azure
Each member receives a Dell Venue 8 Pro
Namecheap's Best Domain Name Registered with Namecheap
The winning team will receive $150 Namecheap credits
Palantir's Best Real World Application Hack
Each member will receive a set of PowerBeats2 Wireless
Radix's Best Use Of The .tech Domain
Each team member will receive $50
Salesforce's Most Innovative Use of the Flic Smart Button - Bonus points for integrating Salesforce technology.
Each team member will receive an Apple Watch
Solstice Mobile's Best Use of Emerging Tech to Make an Impact Hack
The winning team will receive an Internet of Things Treasure Chest
Trunk Club's Best Project for Building and/or Maintaining Relationships
Each member of the winning team will receive a $200 Trunk Club gift card
Veeva's Best Hack that Saves the Most Lives
The winning team will receive $500
Viasat's Connecting The World Hack
PRIZE: Each winning team will receive $500
We’re looking for the two hacks that best demonstrates our mission of Connecting the World using any of our core technologies:
· Big Data / Analytics
· Cloud Computing
· Data Visualization
· Secure Connectivity
· Mobile Applications
Here are some potential applications of these technologies: personal communications, telemedicine, e-commerce, and distance learning. Please stop by our table if you have questions, we’re excited to see your hacks!
VMWare's Best Use of Virtualization Hack
Each team member will receive a $50 Gift Card
Wolfram's Best Use of Wolfram Tech Hack
Each team member will receive $100, a Raspberry Pi, One Year of Wolfram Pro Access, 1 Year of Wolfram Developer Platform at Producer Level
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
How to enter
Each team is permitted one submission that must be received by 10:00am on Sunday, February 21st, 2016.Code submitted for judging must be produced only by team members and written during HackIllinois from the starting time on Friday, February 19th, 2016 to the submission time.
If you are continuing a previous project or using old code written by you, let us know on the project submission form. Third party libraries are allowed without notice provided that they are publicly available to any participant.
All code you create at HackIllinois is owned by you, and may be made open source at your discretion. By submitting a project, you and your team grant the HackIllinois team the unrestricted right to use your submission material, at no cost, for promotional purposes of future HackIllinois events.
This directly derives from one of our core values. We want hackers to contribute back to the field they’re in, so that their work can better benefit the community in the future.
Hacks can easily have a variety of ranges of difficulty. We want to reward hackers who demonstrate a large amount of technical prowess in the projects created.
Reinventing the wheel, no matter how awesome the wheel is, is quite banal. Exploration of ideas is a value that we want all hackers to pursue. HackIllinois is looking for novel hacks engineered from the minds of our creative hackers.
We are looking for hacks that are well-built and could easily be continued to become a viable product. The hack should be more than just a pitch.
There are certain hacks that just cause you to say “WOW.” It is up to the discretion of the judges to identify this intangible quality of a hack that just amazes people.