The Original Epic Hackathon - Round IV - Kicking off the 2014 MLH Season
Students from across the world come to MHacks to build amazing things, transform dreams into realities, and meet with other people with the passion to build their future. MHacks is for creators. Students spend 36 hours building anything they can imagine, and interact with technology visionaries, founders, and mentors. They meet with the hottest, most sought-after companies in the world who are vying for hackers' attention. For MHacks, students give up a weekend of partying to invest a weekend in their personal growth by learning something new and solving problems they see in the world. MHacks isn't just a hackathon -- it's a community of people who have ideas and build them.
$15,300 in prizes
$4,000 for the team and a Parrot AR Drone for each team member.
From MLH & Dell: Dell Venue Android Tablets
Sponsored by Quixey
Most Technically Impressive
Sponsored by a16z
The Connected Car
Sponsored by Chrysler
Sponsored by KPCB
Best Use of Parse
Sponsored by Facebook + Parse
Best Collaboration Hack
Sponsored by Moxtra
Most Innovative Financial Tech
Sponsored by Capital One
Best Use of Bloomberg API
Sponsored by Bloomberg
Best iOS App
Sponsored by Apple
Sponsored by Goldman Sachs Engineering
Best Use of Microsoft Platforms (2)
1st Place - Surface Pro 3
2nd Place - $500
Must include either Azure or be a Windows Store or Windows Phone app
Sponsored by Microsoft.
Best User Experience
Sponsored by TechSmith
Technology on the Move
Smart Vehicles, Google Glass, Smart Watches, Drones and Mobile Apps - Anything that interacts with the physical world
Sponsored by Pillar
Best Hack that Affects the Physical World
Sponsored by UBER
Sponsored by Qualcomm
Cash prize + Fitbit
Sponsored by State Farm
Best Use of Mobile Sensor Data
Sponsored by FarmLogs, backed by Drive Capital
Best UX using IBM Bluemix (3)
1st Place - Your team will enjoy a 2 day all expenses paid trip to Austin, TX, the home to the world-class IBM Design Studio! You’ll tour our fun and creative space, have 1:1 time with our team, get valuable feedback on your work, obtain career advice, visit the Watson Lab, and network with executives. We’ll put you up in a great hotel in the heart of downtown and make sure you get to try some fantastic Texas BBQ!
2nd Place - $500 + 10 hrs of 1:1 mentorship of portfolio/projects by industry professionals.
3rd Place - One year paid subscription to an IBM Bluemix account.
Sponsored by IBM Bluemix
Best Use of Yo
Sponsored by Yo
First-time Hacker Prize
Trip to Cal Hacks + Arduino Uno kit
Greatest Societal Value
Best Virtual Reality Hack
Best Use of Mashery API
Jumping Sumo Mini Drone
Sponsored by Mashery
Best Use of Myo
Sponsored by Thalmic Labs
Makes Life Easier
LEGO Star Wars Death Start
Sponsored by Venmo/PayPal
Best Use of Twilio
Custom 4" action figures for everybody on the team
Sponsored by Twilio
Best Under 20 Prize
Best hacker under 20 years old will receive an Oculus DK2.
Sponsored by Thiel Foundation
Best Real-Time Hack (3)
1st, 2nd, and 3rd places win 6 months of bonfire plan
Best Use of SendGrid API
Parrot Mini AR Drones
Best Prize to enable commerce
Guaranteed Interview-Intern/Full Time - Sponsored by eBay, Inc.
Best Use of Ziggeo API
Hacker's choice of hardware of 4 Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spiders, a mini iPad, or $300 in Amazon gift certificates. Sponsored by Ziggeo, Inc.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
- Teams may include up to four members, five if one of the members is a member of the Adopt-a-Noob program.
- All hacks must be built at MHacks IV by registered participants. Remote participation is not allowed.
- Hackers may be of high school or college age.
A valid submission is a software/hardware hack produced at MHacks IV within the provided rules.
This includes, but is not limited to, a valid ChallengePost submission to the MHacks IV event, preferably with video/images of the working product, as well as a live demo at your assigned table at the MHacks IV Expo.
How to enter
- All teammates must create ChallengePost accounts if they do not already exist.
- Assign all teammates to a draft submission.
- Make your app (any platform is accepted).
- Produce your screenshots and/or video demo (posted on Youtube or Vimeo).
- Submit your app.
- There will be 2 demo sessions. Watch live.mhacks.org to get demo session and table assignments.
- Stay tuned for judging announcements and final demos.
If you have technical questions for ChallengePost, go to the MHacks Cortex for assistance.
MHacks Judging Panel
Is the hack practical given its target audience? Is it something that the user base would actually use? Does it fulfill a need people have?
Is the hack more than just another generic social app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
Polish / Design
Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well-designed?
Does the hack have that x-factor?