HackRPI - the 5th annual hackathon at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

HackRPI 2019 is the fifth annual intercollegiate hackathon hosted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, completely organized and run by RPI students.

 

Looking to inspire and challenge innovators, developers, creators, and entrepreneurs in New York's Tech Valley and beyond, HackRPI’s 5th annual 24-hour hackathon will help attendees develop their skills, explore new technologies, and turn their curiosities and visions into opportunities.

 

But wait, there's more!

  • Food - Don't worry, it's on us! The HackRPI team will provide the endless sustinence to fuel your ideas. 
  • Sponsors - You've got support!  Professionals from the industry will be there with swag and mentorship. They're excited to see what you create.
  • Prizes - Oh yeah, we got 'em! Compete for awesome prizes, hand-picked by the HackRPI team and sponsors. 
  • Hacks - Build an awesome project from scratch with the help of engineers and mentors. Build your resume and bring your idea to life! 

 

This Year's Themes

Staying true to our mantra "why not change the world?", we're excited to introduce special tracks in Environmental Awareness and SustainabilityData Privacy, and Accessibility in Education to tackle current problems in tech facing our world today.

Environmental Awareness and Sustainability

Create an idea that tackles the drastically changing climate due to factors such as global warming. They can create a project that advocates for protection and sustainability to the world. This can also include the use of data and data visualization.


Data Privacy

Create an innovative privacy solution that improves the privacy of the user or raises awareness and helps users understand the privacy implications of actions while using technology.


Accessibility in Education

Create an idea that improves the way education is accessed in some way. Recognizing the moral obligation to build a more conducive and inclusive education system will, in turn, create an ecosystem of a well-educated, skilled workforce that can build and grow companies and contribute to a better tech future.

View full rules

Prizes

$82,000 in prizes

1st Place Overall

JBL Flip 4 Wireless Portable Stereo Speaker

2nd Place Overall

HyperX - Cloud Stinger Wired Stereo Gaming Headset

3rd Place Overall

Anker PowerCore

Best Data Privacy Hack

Google Home

Best Environmental Awareness and Sustainability Hack

Google Home

Best Education Hack

Echo Dot

Best Use of TripAdvisor API

$200 per person

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register the most interesting domain using your FREE Domain.com credit this weekend to win Raspberry Pis.

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform

Use a Google Cloud Platform service(like hosting or machine learning) in your project to win Google Home Minis.

Best use of .TECH DOMAN

$150 Cash Prize

Best Original Idea

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Qualcomm

Wolfram Alpha award (14)

A year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

If you are over 18 or a college student, you are eligible to attend HackRPI.

If you attended and hacked at HackRPI, you are eligible to make a submission.

Teams cannot be larger than 4 people to qualify for HackRPI's prizes.  

Judges

Jason Rotella

Jason Rotella
Google Developer Group of the Capital Region

Xiaochuang Yuan

Xiaochuang Yuan
Amazon

Andy Kakkaramadam

Andy Kakkaramadam
WR System

Elizabeth Castro

Elizabeth Castro
TripAdvisor

Jerry Schneider

Jerry Schneider
TripAdvisor

Jacob Katz

Jacob Katz
TripAdvisor

Anthony DeBonis

Anthony DeBonis
Troy Web Consulting

Dan Berkowitz

Dan Berkowitz
Palantir

Anne Ryan

Anne Ryan
Palantir

Megan Matiz

Megan Matiz
PUBG

Justin Aloisi

Justin Aloisi
PUBG

Rosie White

Rosie White
EY

Irene D’Alessandro

Irene D’Alessandro
EY

TBD

TBD
Want to be judges and sponsor us? Email sponsor@hackrpi.com

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    How original is your hack? Is this a novel idea or something that many people came across?
  • Practical and Useful
    What problem that you want to solve? How applicable is your hack to problems we're facing today?
  • Technical Difficulty
    How technically challenging is it? Which technologies did you use?
  • User Experience
    What impression do you get from the hack? Does it provide for a smooth user experience?
  • Future Plans
    Does it have ways it can be improved upon for the future?