HackHolyoke is a 24-hour hackathon run by students at Mount Holyoke College. This year’s event will take place digitally on November 7-8, 2020, so you can hack and attend workshops from wherever you may be! We set ourselves apart by striving for (and consistently achieving!) a 1:1 gender ratio and welcoming high school seniors and college student hackers from all levels. Our aim is to shatter any misconceptions about STEM fields and to celebrate diversity in these fields through creating an inclusive environment for anyone regardless of gender, racial, or academic background.
Students will have the opportunity to create amazing projects and showcase their work to a panel of judges. They can attend inspiring talks and innovative workshops, join in on fun activities like midnight cookie-making, and have the chance to win exclusive prizes.
Participants: Students enrolled in college (or taking a leave of absence), as well as high school seniors
Countries: Any! We're based in EST but we're encouraging students to participate regardless of location and time zone. We'll be scheduling workshops and events to accomodate as many time zones as we can.
$763 in prizes
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
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!
General 1st Place Prize
Winners will receive Nintendo Switch Lites
General 2nd Place Prize
Winners will receive Amazon Fire Tablets
General 3rd Place Prize
Winners will receive Ryze Tech Tello Mini Drone Quadcopter UAV
Best Rookie Hack
Best hack by a team comprised of participants who have taken fewer than 3 CS courses. Winners receive Amazon Echo 3rd Generation Speakers.
Best Hack for Social Good Brought to You by Mastercard
Winners will receive $200 Mastercard Gift Card and a water bottle from our sponsor Mastercard
Best Use of Data Sponsored by MassMutual
Fitbit Charge 3 from our sponsor MassMutual
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Depth of Problem Addressed (only for Social Good Track)
How well thought-through is the problem? Is there a specific target audience?
Effectiveness of Solution (only for Social Good Track)
Is the solution thoughtful and innovative? Does it take into account the specific needs of the target audience?
Ease of Use
Is the program easy to use? Does it have a clear user interface? Is it accessible?
Is the usage of the technology/ goal of the project ambitious and challenging?
Does the technology/design break new ground? Does it attack a new problem and provide a good solution?
Is the project fully functional (90-100%)? Does it meet intentions?
Learning (only for Rookie Track)
How much did the team learn from working on this project?