HackMerced V is the fifth iteration of UC Merced's annual hackathon: a 36-hour competition to think, design, build, and present a cool app of your choice! This year, compete with a project geared towards one of our three verticals: Sustainability, Health, and Social Good.

You will be given all of the resources you need -- food, hardware, swag, and mentorship -- to create a meaningful hack with lasting impact! Come for a weekend of workshops, activities, and more.

Visit us at hackmerced.io/ to register and for more information.

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$16,760 in prizes

Social Good (2)

Best hack that befits the largest number of people in the largest possible way.

1st Place: Anker Speaker per team member and Lifetime Package for Clerky.
2nd Place: Echo Flex per team member.

Health (2)

Best hack that enhances the quality of life by enhances health.

1st Place: LETSCOMM smart watch per team member.
2nd Place: Yeti 26 oz insulated bottle per team member.

Sustainability (2)

Best hack that focuses on creating a sustainable society that protects natural resources while ensuring social justice and economic well being for all.

1st Place: Anker PowerCord Slim 10,000mA per team member.
2nd Place: Led light strips 20 ft per team member.

Moon Shot (3)

Best hack that is the craziest, the most out-of-this-world project at HackMerced 2020. It doesn't need to fit any category. Take risks. Make the impossible.

Two winners: Year subscription to Egghead.io, tutorials for badass web developers!

Best Beginner Hack

Hackathons are meant for everyone, especially for first-time hackers. This prize is specific to hackers taking their first steps in the wonderful world of competitive hacking! Each winning team member will receive a Limited Edition Makey Makey Kit to automate your software and go above and beyond!

Best Hardware Hack

Hackers at their core tinkers. This prize is specific to hackers who embrace the ever-revolving bond between software and hardware. Each winning team member will receive an Arduino to concentrate on making their ideas a reality. It’s the ultimate tinkering tool!

Best Design

Each winning team member would win an annual membership to Sketch, a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications into fostering their inner creativity towards their real-world applications.

Best Use of DigitalOcean

$2,000 DigitalOcean Credit

Best use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini.

Prize: Google Home Mini

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend!

Prize: Domain.com Backpacks

Best UiPath Automation Hack

Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with a high recommendation!

Prize: Skip the internship line with UiPath and a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack

Best use of MongoDB Atlas

Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud! Automate the provisioning and deployment process with ease, while focusing all your efforts on your hack. Projects built using MongoDB Atlas will be eligible to win an AirCharge Plus.

Prize: Branded MongoDB AirCharge Plus

Most Creative Radar.io Hack

Build the most creative hack using Radar, the location API that allows you to add location context, like Geofences, to your hacks with just a few lines of code. Create awesome projects like a Pokemon Go clone, or Foursquare with ease. Each winning team member will be eligible to win a Tile Sticker Smart Tracker and a chance to be featured by Radar.

Prize: Tile Sticker Smart Tracker and a chance to be featured on Radar's Blog

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Individuals must be over the age of 18 and attending college.

Requirements

  • Teams are limited to 4 members
  • Start and complete your hack during the 36 hours of HackMerced (February 28, 2020 - March 1, 2020); do not start your hack prior to the event

Judges

Deo Halili

Deo Halili
Robert Half

Hadley Fellows

Hadley Fellows
Roche

Shubham Naik

Shubham Naik
Ancestry

Sean Victory

Sean Victory
MLH

Amar Saini

Amar Saini
LLNL

Sophie Vo

Sophie Vo
Plaid

Adrian Darian

Adrian Darian
HackMerced

Leigh Bernacchi

Leigh Bernacchi
CITRIS

Manjot Singh

Manjot Singh
HackMerced

Alexander Petersen

Alexander Petersen
Professor

Dong Yang

Dong Yang
Postdoc

Athena Siaotong

Athena Siaotong
HackMerced

Shivanshu Gupta

Shivanshu Gupta
HackMerced

Luis Gutierrez

Luis Gutierrez
LLNL

Chris Madina

Chris Madina
Co-Founder of UC Merced Seed Fund

Jibram Jimenez-Loza

Jibram Jimenez-Loza
Ancestry

Mary Delos Reyes

Mary Delos Reyes
CITRIS

Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng
HackMerced

Judging Criteria

  • How You Will Be Judged
    Your product will be judged based on 7 concepts: demo, design, complexity, viability, pitch, uniqueness, and utility.

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