A local San Francisco Bay Area hackathon for all current students and alumni of Oregon State University



[THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE]




WELCOME TO THE OSU SF BAY AREA HACKATHON!

This event is TBD. Come meet your fellow post-bacc students & work on personal projects for prizes!

Please make sure to register here on Devpost as well as here on our Google Form.

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the rules, eligibility criteria, requirements, and judging criteria.

Theme:

Technology comes in many forms, but sometimes not in ways that are accessible to everyone. Thus, the theme of this hackathon is Accessibility of Technology -- and in the spirit of accessibility, we're leaving it open-ended.

Location: 

TBD

Schedule of Events*:
  • 9:00am - Project proposals are due / Introductions
  • 9:30am - Begin hacking!
  • 7:30pm - Stop hacking!
  • 7:45pm - Project demonstrations
  • 8:30pm - Awards

*Schedule is subject to change.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a competition in which participants (in small teams or individually) build a software (and/or hardware) project in a fixed amount of time.

What is this hackathon all about?

This hackathon exists to give you and other OSU students & alumni the opportunity to build a project over a single day and compete for prizes. This is an opportunity to connect with other members of our community who are local to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is meant to be low-pressure, inclusive of everybody, and fun!

Will lunch or dinner be provided?

Food and refreshments will be provided throughout the day, but there will not be a set lunch time or dinner time. Additionally, we encourage our participants to support our lovely hosts at Red Rock Coffee!

Do I need to stay on premises the entire time?

You are not required to be on-site the entire time. However, we do ask that all participants be on-site from 9:00am - 9:30am for introductions and to start hacking. Similarly, participants must be on-site from 7:30pm - 9:00pm to stop hacking, present project demos, and attend the awards ceremony.

I am new to coding. Can/Should I still participate?

In short, YES! No prior experience is necessary to compete in this event. This event is a great time to learn a new technology or practice one you already know while simultaneously building a project you can showcase on your resume!

What can I make?

Anything you can think of! Web apps, mobile apps, websites, slackbots, APIs, command-line programs, games, robots, anything!

How much can I really get done in 12 hours?

First of all, don't short-change yourself! You'd be surprised how much you can get done in under 12 hours, especially when you're working on a team! With that said, you shouldn't expect to walk out with a perfect project, or even a completed one. The goal is to come up with a Minimum Viable Product, or MVP -- a preliminary version of your project that showcases its core concept and features. How far you take it is up to you! Of course, it will help to have a clear, thoughtful project proposal going into the hack.

 

PRIZES

Overall Category: All teams consisting entirely of currently-enrolled OSU students are eligible

1st place: $150

2nd place: $100

3rd place: $50

Alumni Category: All teams with one or more OSU alumni on the team are eligible

We may open this category if we have enough interest. However, no prizes will be issued to any member of a team with one or more OSU alumni on the team.

View full rules

Prizes

$300 in prizes

First Place Overall

This prize is for the first-place overall winner of the competition. The prize will be mailed from OSU in the form of Amazon gift cards after the winners are determined. Each team member will get one share of the $150 reward. For example, if a team of 2 wins first place, each contestant will receive a $75 gift card.

Teams that have one or more alumni team members are not eligible for this prize.

Second Place Overall

This prize is for the second-place overall winner of the competition. The prize will be mailed from OSU in the form of Amazon gift cards after the winners are determined. Each team member will get one share of the $100 reward. For example, if a team of 2 wins first place, each contestant will receive a $50 gift card.

Teams that have one or more alumni team members are not eligible for this prize.

Third Place Overall

This prize is for the third-place overall winner of the competition. The prize will be mailed from OSU in the form of Amazon gift cards after the winners are determined. Each team member will get one share of the $50 reward. For example, if a team of 2 wins first place, each contestant will receive a $25 gift card.

Teams that have one or more alumni team members are not eligible for this prize.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Hackathon participants must be current students or alumni of Oregon State University.
  • Only teams consisting entirely of currently enrolled students are eligible to win monetary prizes.

Participation in the OSU Bay Area Hackathon Spring 2020 constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to all rules, terms, and conditions of this event. 

Requirements

  • All members of each team must consist of current students or alumni of Oregon State University (see the Prizes section above for details about prizes available to teams of different make-ups).
  • All members of each team must have registered on DevPost and must be added to the project submission.
  • All submissions must be hosted on Github and the entire commit history must be present.
  • Console application projects must showcase their project on repl.it and include a repl.it project link with their submission.
  • Members of winning teams will be required to provide proof of current or past enrollment at Oregon State University using one of the methods outlined by the office of the registrar.

Judges

Erica Lee (tentative)

Erica Lee (tentative)
Software Engineer, Google

Will Wagner (tentative)

Will Wagner (tentative)
Software Engineer, Salesforce

Laura Lin

Laura Lin
Software Engineer, Zipcar

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Presentation
    How is the design and user experience of the project? Is it easy to understand and use?
  • Usefulness
    Is this a product that people will use in their daily lives? Will it make lives better?
  • Creativity
    Is the project creative, new, and innovative? Is it something we already know or is the idea disruptive?
  • Adherence to Theme
    How well does the project adhere to the theme of the hackathon?