WiCHacks 2021 is an all-women, femme, and non-binary 24-hour hackathon hosted by Women in Computing at RIT. A hackathon is a collaborative programming event in which participants create an app, website, game, or other piece of software over the course of the event.

This event is open to all skill levels: from individuals who haven't programmed at all, to the best programmers out there, it will be a great day to learn, invent, and create the future!

Hackathon participants must be female, femme, or non-binary identifying students currently enrolled at a college/university and are 18 years or older.

Registration Required!

Apply now! https://wichacks.io/

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$3,480 in prizes

Constellation Brands: Most Creative Social Experience

Help Constellation Brands explore the future of how people connect and celebrate.
Over the past year, the ability for people to connect has changed and will never be the same. Help Constellation Brands explore the future of how people connect and celebrate. Build a Project that enables Constellation Brands to help people achieve one or more of the following:
- Enhance, not replicate, in-person: Blur the lines between analog and digital experiences
- Spark spontaneous connections: New ways to celebrate everyday moments that matter like happy hour, night-out with your friends, parties, date nights, and life’s causal connections.
- 3rd Space: Re-imagine exploring and connecting out-of-home experiences like the great outdoors, local environment.
- Take a stand: Meaningfully connect your passion with causes and communities.
PRIZE: Patagonia quarter-zip jacket, and a 15.6 inch USB Portable Slim Monitor with Case (max of 4 prizes)

M&T Bank: Best Digital Business Accelerator

With the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other available resources, small businesses are getting some funding to stabilize their operations. However - the pandemic is clearly changing how businesses need to operate, and many of these changes will remain in place after the pandemic to meet the evolving expectations of customers. Here's what we want to see in your pitch:
-Think about a small business in your community that you are familiar with. How can a business take a lesson learned and adapt? How can you improve on a recent change you have seen implemented recently in your favorite small business?
-Your project submission will need to outline your customer, the industry, and problem faced. How does the solution achieve the desired business outcome?
-Solutions need to be accessible: able to be marketed to and implemented with a non-technical audience
-Share assumptions based on your idea, define your chosen tech stack used, and why
-Demonstrate your app working against your sample data and integrated services
What capabilities you decide to explore, and showcase is up to you. The judging criteria will assess how well you stitch it all together in a new and compelling way, and how you measure success against the business outcomes you’ve set out to deliver.
PRIZE: a Technologist meet-up and $250 Amazon gift card for each team member (max of 4 prizes)

L3 Harris: Best UI

PRIZE: $50 Amazon giftcard (max of 4 prizes)

WayFair: Best Inequality Crisis Hack

Best hack to help solve the inequality crisis of your choice. This can focus on any topic of choice. A few examples below:
-Utilities affordability
-Housing inequality
-Racial Injustice
PRIZE: $50 gift card (max of 4 prizes)

MarginEdge: Best Restaurant Hack

Restaurants are all about food and customer service on the front, but there is a lot of paperwork and processing on the back-end. Come up with your best hack to help restaurants manage their service or operations. Here are some ideas:
Capture images of invoices/receipts + remove the background, properly orient them
Managing inventory, recipes, etc..
Data visualization of the state of restaurants using data from Open Table
General restaurant management app development
PRIZE: $100 Amazon gift card (max of 4 prizes)

MLH: Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. PRIZE: PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack(max of 4 prizes)

MLH: 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 Branded Parkland Academy Backpack.

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.
PRIZES in US: Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards
PRIZES International: Google Cloud Swag Bag or Backpack
(max of 4 prizes)

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with an embedded Arduino compatible board. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!
PRIZE: Grove Beginner Kit (max of 8 prizes)

WiC: Best Newbie Hack

Is this your first time attending a hackathon or creating a hack? For all the people who came here just starting to code, we encourage you to keep building things and learning. This is just the start of a truly rewarding journey. **To be eligible for this category, at least half of the team has to be first-time hackers. We want to encourage all first-time hackers to submit their creations.
PRIZE: Blue yeti mic(max of 4 prizes)

WiC: Best Women and Gender Hack

We love seeing women empowering other women through technology! Whether it’s for equality in the workplace, women’s health, or anything else you can think of, this prize category is for women empowering each other. Given to the team with the best hack that empowers women.
PRIZE: Photo printer (max of 4 prizes)

WiC: Most Innovative Hack

PRIZE: External SSD (max of 4 prizes)

WiC: Best Work from Home Hack

PRIZE: Echo (max of 4 prizes)

WiC: Best Environmental Hack

PRIZE: Wacom Tablet (max of 4 prizes)

WiC: Best Educational Hack

PRIZE: Mini projector (max of 4 prizes)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

All attendees must be female, femme, or non-binary identifying students currently enrolled at a college/university and are 18 years or older.

Judges

A qualified panel of expert judges.

A qualified panel of expert judges.

Judging Criteria

  • Judges make the final decision.

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