Dragon Hacks 2016. The best hardware-focused hackathon. Over $10,000 in prizes.
Dragon Hacks 2016 is the best 24 hour hardware-focused hackathon event hosted by Drexel University IEEE on Jan 16th - 17th 2016 in the Bossone Research Enterprise Auditorium. Dragon Hacks 2016 is bringing in the brightest minds of the world's best schools to spend 24 hours to create ground breaking new products from scratch!
We will have more than enough East coast exclusive food and caffeine to energize hungry and excited hackers. With over $10,000 in prizes this year, your sleepless efforts will be rewarded!
Hacking begins at 2 PM Saturday January 16th right after the 1 PM opening ceremony and ends at 2 PM Sunday January 17th. You must submit your project on Devpost. In order to be eligible for prizes, you also must participate on the Sunday judging.
$12,000 in prizes
Dragon Hacks: First Place
Each team member of the winning team will receive a Dell Android Tablet and a list of prizes up to $4000 in value that the first place winners will be able to choose. Prizes include Xbox One, Playstation 4, iPads, iPhones, GoPros, hoverboard, computer monitors, and more.
Dragon Hacks: Second Place
Each team member of the winning team will win a 1 TB HDD and have second pick from the list of prizes. Prizes include Xbox One, Playstation 4, iPads, iPhones, Nexus 6P, Apple Watch, GoPros, hoverboard, computer monitors, and more.
Dragon Hacks: Third Place
Each team member of the winning team will have third pick from the list of prizes. Prizes include Xbox One, Playstation 4, iPads, iPhones, Nexus 6P, Apple Watch, GoPros, hoverboard, computer monitors, and more.
Dragon Hacks: Best Presentation and Design
The hack and group with the best design, pitch, public speaking, presentation, UI, and UX.
Dragon Hacks: Best Social Impact Hack
Best hack that alleviates issues in disadvantaged communities or demographics. Ideas can range from an application that helps protest groups communicate with each other in times of media blackout, web app that helps people find insurance and coverage, or applications that make it easier for people to vote.
Dragon Hacks: Best Environmental Hack
Best hack that mixes technology or raises awareness with recycling, sustainability, and green practices.
AmeriGas Tank Monitor Challenge
Create a liquid volume measuring device and dashboard where it can be monitored from. Requirements (of 100 pts) - runs off battery, wireless connectivity, electronics schematics, bill of materials, measures from outside container, with source code posted to GitHub.
Bonus points go to a dashboard that can send commands to device (ie shutoff valve) (30 pts), devise an add-on for detecting gas leaks (40 pts), GPS for location positioning (20 pts), alternative connectivity if Wi-Fi/cellular/Bluetooth is not available (50 pts), coin cell life of 6mo (50 pts), enclosure/Housing (Extra points for weatherproofing) (10/20pts).
Judging criteria are originality, lowest cost, reuse of existing tools/libraries/SaaS, ease of installation/replacement.
Prize: $100 Amazon gift cards to each member of the winning group
IBM Bluemix Cloud Platform Challenge
Best use of any of the IBM Bluemix services: IBM Watson APIs, runtimes, hosting, IoT Foundation, runtime, database, or analytics services.
Each member of one winning group gets a drone of total cash value $1000 and the IBM Dragon 2016 title.
KieranTimberlake Sensor Challenge
Best use of Pointelist, a hardware and cloud API platform designed for lots of internet connected sensors.
Prize: Internet Connected Weather Station
.tech Domain Prize
One killer project on a .tech domain is also eligible for a special prize. Each team member will get a $50 voucher + free .tech domains for 2 years.
PRA's Health Innovation Challenge
Awarded to the most innovative patient or consumer focused healthcare hack. Each member of the winning team will receive a FitBit One activity tracker.
Best Use of Linode Services (2)
Linode is giving away Arduino starter kits as the prize for the best hack developed on the Linode platform. 1 team will win and each team member will receive an Arduino starter kit (up to 5 team members.) The prize value for each kit is $100. The winner will be decided by Linode mentors.
MLH: Best Use of AWS
Every hacker at Dragon Hacks 2016 gets $100 of free credit on Amazon Web Services. The best use of AWS wins 1 TB HDDs for each team member.
MLH: Best Use of Domain.com
Every hacker at Dragon Hacks 2016 gets a free .com, .org, or .net domain name courtesy of Domain.com. The best use of a Domain.com domain wins swagbags (which contains Sparkfun Redboards for one) for each team member.
Dragon Hacks: Funniest Hack
The hack that cracks us up.
Dragon Hacks: Best Name
Hack with the best name.
Dragon Hacks accepts registrations from all college students 18+ of age.
If you applied to Dragon Hacks 2016, received an offer to attend and went on to confirm through RSVP that you will do so, you are eligible to attend Dragon Hacks 2016. Hackers can work alone, or in teams of two to five people. If you attended and hacked at Dragon Hacks 2016, then you are eligible to make a submission.
Develop your project at Dragon Hacks, submit project through Devpost, and participate in the Sunday January 17th pitching and judging. In order to be eligible for prizes, you must submit through Devpost and participate in judging on Sunday!
How to enter
Register through http://dragonhacks.io, receive the offer letter, and RSVP.
Major League Hacking
Remko de Knikker
Oliver D Rodriguez
Drexel University ECE Teaching Professor
Drexel University ECE Department Assistant Professor
Dragon Hacks 2016 Organizer
Dragon Hacks 2016 Organizer
Drexel University Masters Student
Drexel University Professor
Drexel University PHD Student
Drexel University PHD Student
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