A hackathon for all current students and alumni of Oregon State University
Welcome to BeaverHacks Winter 2021!
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the rules, eligibility criteria, requirements, and judging criteria. This event will kick off at 12:01 am PT Thursday December 17 and end at 8:00 pm PT Sunday December 20th. The Opening Ceremony will be on Wednesday December 16th.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 11
Make sure to complete all 3 steps to be fully registered:
(Find all of the links here: https://linktr.ee/beaverhacks_w21 )
- STEP 1: Registration Form
- STEP 2: Devpost
- STEP 3: Team Form
The theme for this hackathon is Education. This is meant to be very open-ended. Any which way you can relate your project to the concept/topic of Education is good.
Schedule of events:
Wednesday December 16
6:00 pm PT - Opening Ceremony (Zoom link on Slack!)
11:59 pm PT - Project Proposals due on Slack (in #proposals)
Thursday December 17
12:01 am PT - Hacking begins
Sunday December 20
5:00 pm PT - Hacking ends
6:00 pm PT - Presentations/demonstrations
Frequently Asked Questions - (FAQ Document Link)
What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is a competition in which participants build a software and/or hardware project in a fixed amount of time. Typically participants compete in small teams or individually.
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 weekend and compete for prizes. It is meant to be low-pressure, inclusive of everybody, and fun! In this hackathon, you are not required or encouraged to forego sleep, work, time with your family, or etc to participate. You are encouraged to make the best product you can in the time alotted. You are encouraged to learn and add skills to your repetoire. And you are encouraged to have a good time doing it!
I am new to coding. Can/Should I still participate?
In short, YES! No prior experience is necessary to compete in this event. In fact, there is a separate prize for teams of entirely new students to compete for. 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!
First Place: $150
Second Place: $100
Third Place: $75
All teams consisting entirely of currently-enrolled OSU students are eligible for the overall category. If a new student team wins any of the 'Overall' prizes, they are ineligible to win the First Place New Student prize.
New Student category
First Place New Student: $75
The new student category of competition is for teams consisting entirely of current students that have not taken any 300-level courses and do not have significant prior programming experience. New student teams that win an 'Overall' prize are not eligible.
Graduate Students / Alumni category
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place designations will be given to the top 3 teams in this category, but no prizes will be issued to any member of a team with one or more OSU graduate students / alumni on the team. All teams with one or more OSU graduate students / alumni on the team are eligible for this category and are ineligible for any monetary prizes offered by this hackathon.
$400 in prizes
First Place - Overall
This prize goes to the highest-scoring submission. It is available to all undergraduate teams including new student teams. Graduate and alumni teams are ineligible for this prize. If a new student team wins this prize, they are ineligible for the First Place New Student prize.
Second Place - Overall
This prize goes to the second highest-scoring submission. It is available to all undergraduate teams including new student teams. Graduate and alumni teams are ineligible for this prize. If a new student team wins this prize, they are ineligible for the First Place New Student prize.
Third Place - Overall
This prize goes to the third highest-scoring submission. It is available to all undergraduate teams including new student teams. Graduate and alumni teams are ineligible for this prize. If a new student team wins this prize, they are ineligible for the First Place New Student prize.
First Place - New Student
This award goes to the highest-scoring new student team. New student teams that won any of the "Overall" prizes are ineligible for this prize.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
- Hackathon participants must be current students or alumni of Oregon State University.
- Only teams consisting entirely of currently enrolled undergraduate and/or post-baccalaureate students are eligible to win monetary prizes.
Participation in BeaverHacks Winter 2021 constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to all rules, terms, and conditions of this event.
- All team members must be registered on the Registration Form and DevPost, and must be added to the project submission.
- Your team must have completed the Team Registration Form.
- 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.
- Each team must either present their project during project demonstrations or upload a video showcasing their project with their project submission.
TBD - Judge #1
TBD - Judge #2
TBD - Judge #3
How difficult is the project to implement? Was it a trivial coding problem or extremely difficult? Judges will award 0-10 points for technical difficulty.
Does your project fill an existing need? Does it perform in that role well? Judges will award 0-10 points for usefulness.
How is the user interface and/or user experience of the finished project? Does it flow smoothly and look good or is it very cumbersome and difficult to use? Judges will award 0-10 points for usability.
How unique is your project? Does the idea make people say "wow" or does it seem more like a homework assignment? Judges will award 0-10 points for creativity.
Adherence to Theme
How well does your project fit the theme of "Health"? Judges will award 0-2 points for adherence to theme.