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.

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Prizes

$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.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

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. 

Requirements

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!

Judges

Mike Swift

Mike Swift
Major League Hacking

Glenn Griffin

Glenn Griffin
AmeriGas

Remko de Knikker

Remko de Knikker
IBM

Oliver D Rodriguez

Oliver D Rodriguez
IBM

Stormy Mayersky

Stormy Mayersky
Linode

Timothy Birbeck

Timothy Birbeck
Vanguard

Mark Neuburger

Mark Neuburger
PRA Healthsciences

Christopher Peters

Christopher Peters
Drexel University ECE Teaching Professor

James Shackleford

James Shackleford
Drexel University ECE Department Assistant Professor

Jacky Liang

Jacky Liang
Dragon Hacks 2016 Organizer

Savannah Lee

Savannah Lee
Dragon Hacks 2016 Organizer

Avichal Chum

Avichal Chum
Drexel University Masters Student

Bryan Wong

Bryan Wong
Industrial Designers

Dan

Dan
Industrial Designers

Ioannis Savidis

Ioannis Savidis
Drexel University Professor

Marco

Marco
Drexel University PHD Student

Christopher Connock

Christopher Connock
Kieran Timberlake

Eric Eiseles

Eric Eiseles
Kieran Timberlake

Mike Lui

Mike Lui
Drexel University PHD Student

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    How difficult is it to create the hack
  • Practicality
    How useful is the hack in its intended real world situation.
  • Completion
    How complete or polished the hack is.
  • Presentation
    How polished and impressive is the presentation of the hack.
  • Design
    How well-designed is the hack, paying attention to user experience and user interface.