Welcome to Hack K-State, the student-led hackathon from Kansas State University. We are excited to have high school and college students from all around participate at our event online on November 6th to 8th.

View our event schedule here: https://hackkstate.tech/schedule

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$500 in prizes

1st Place

Members of the 1st place team will be given a choice of several different prizes including a mechanical keyboard, an Amazon Echo, and an SSD card

2nd Place

Members of the 2nd place team will be given a choice of several different prizes including an Amazon Echo, Nintendo JoyCon, and a gaming headset

3rd Place

Members of the 3nd place team will be given a choice of several different prizes including an Aduinno Kit, and Amazon Echo, and Roku Express

Best Gaming Hack

Steam Gift Card to each participant of the team with the best gaming hack

Best Use of AI for Health and Safety

Bluetooth Tracking Stickers for the best use of artificial intelligence in a project related to health and/or safety

Best Education Hack

Portable Bluetooth speakers for the best education hack

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. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack.

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.

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

Best Use of CockroachDB

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. PostgreSQL compatible and easy to use. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for each team member. What's more, ALL projects submitted that use CockroachDB will receive a free t-shirt!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

High school and college (undergraduate and graduate) students are eligible to participate. Participants may work individually or in teams of up to four.

Requirements

Each project should have one Devpost submission with all team members' names included in it. Any code written for the project should be included in the Devpost submission. Each team will also need to present their project to judges on Sunday morning during our live-judging over zoom in order to be eligible for prizes.

Judges

Nathan McClain

Nathan McClain
Garmin - Software Engineer

Nathan Bean

Nathan Bean
K-State - Professor

Jorge Valenzuala

Jorge Valenzuala
K-State - Professor

Dennis Lang

Dennis Lang
K-State - Professor

Daniel Andresen

Daniel Andresen
K-State - Professor

Josh Weese

Josh Weese
K-State - Professor

William Hsu

William Hsu
K-State - Professor

Camden Davis

Camden Davis
K-State - SIGAI Club President

Ethan Tucker

Ethan Tucker
K-State - Game Development Club Treasurer

Nicholas Aponte

Nicholas Aponte
K-State - ACM Club

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive is the hack? Is the technical problem the tackled difficult? Does it use a particularly clever technique or perhaps use many different components?
  • Design
    How well designed is the user experience? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. Is it easy to use or does it use a cool interface? Is it easy to understand? Is it documented?
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did you achieve everything you wanted? Do you plan to continue work on the project? Just because a project doesn’t 100% work doesn’t mean it can’t score high in this category.
  • Learning
    Did you stretch yourself? Did you try to learn something new (hardware, software, technique)? Were there any difficulties your team faced during the weekend, and how did you solve them?
  • Creativity/Uniqueness
    Is the idea something that is cool and unique, or just a remake of something from last year? Is this a new idea?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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