PennApps XVI is scheduled for September 8-10th, 2017 at the the Penn Engineering Campus in Philadelphia. The sixteenth iteration of the nation's first college hackathon is upping the hackathon to new extremes, with the world's top and most promising hackers coming together to tackle real world problems using the latest in hardware and software. Teams start working on their hacks (at 8 PM) after the Friday evening kickoff and continue working till Sunday morning (8:00 AM). All submissions MUST be made here on Devpost. Videos are optional.
[UPDATE] If you haven't already, make sure to join our Slack channel to keep up to date with any general announcements as well as any updates about how judging will work later today!
Join here now: http://bit.ly/pennappsxvi-slack
If you applied to PennApps XVI, received an offer to attend and went on to confirm that you will do so, you are eligible to attend PennApps. If you attended and hacked at PennApps, then you are eligible to make a submission.
Make your project, submit your hack to Devpost and attend the PennApps expo to show off what you built. You must demo at the expo and submit on Devpost in order to be eligible for prizes.
$82,907 in prizes
PennApps XVI Grand Prize
DJI Spark + Apple Watch + GoPro Hero + Portable Charger from Palantir + Swag Bag from Hasura + Medal from MLH + Lutron Plug-In Dimmer Kit
PennApps XVI Second Place Prize
GoPro Hero + Apple Watch + Portable Charger from Palantir + 20 cases of Soylent + Swag Bag from Hasura + Medal from MLH
PennApps XVI Third Place Prize
Apple Watch + Portable Charger from Palantir + Swag Bag from Hasura + Medal from MLH
PennApps Route | Real World Health (Health & Social/Civic Hack)
AirPods + Nintendo 3DS XL
PennApps Route | Best Education Hack Sponsored by Palantir
Portable Charger + Gift Cards
PennApps Route | Best VR/AR or Cybersecurity Hack
Samsung - Gear 360 Real 360 Degree 4K VR Camera (2017 Edition)
PennApps Route | Best Google Cloud Machine Learning API Hack
Google Homes/Google Developer Pack including $2500 in GCP credits
PennApps Route | Best Android Things Hack
First place: Google Home + Pixel XL phone + NXP development board/peripheral hardware parts for Android Things + ongoing mentorship to the team that creates a unique and creative product that they'd like to bring to market.
Second Place: Google Home + Chromecast Ultra + NXP development kit
Third Place: Chromecast Ultra + NXP development kit
Best Hardware Hack
Winning team will split a hardware kit valued at $500.
Best Use of GIPHY API
Presented by GIPHY. Winners will receive a $100 Gift Card and an Amazon Echo Dot.
Most Unique Hack
Presented by 1517 Fund. Winners will receive up to 3 $1,000 grant.
Facebook's Favorite Hack
Presented by Facebook. Winners will receive an invitation to their 2017 Global Hackathon (all expenses paid).
Best Use of Lutron's API
Presented by Lutron. Winners will receive a Lutron Caséta Wireless Smart Lighting Plug-in Lamp Dimmer Kits (HomeKit-enabled).
Best Use of WebGL/Graphics
Presented by CBRE. Winners will receive $100 Amazon Gift Cards.
Best Use of a Vonage/Nexmo API
Presented by Vonage. Winners will receive Amazon Echoes and Vonage Gift Cards.
Best Use of Google Cloud Compute/Big Data Products
Presented by Google. Winners will receive Google Home + Google Developer Pack including $1500 in GCP credits
Best Use of Aladdin API
Presented by Blackrock. Winners will receive drones.
Best Data Visualization
Presented by Goldman Sachs.
First place: Apple TV
Second place: Raspberry Pis
Best Hasura App
Presented by Hasura. Winners will receive $1000 in Hasura hosting credits + a $500 Amazon Gift Voucher and some very cool Hasura daemon swag.
Hasura Special Prize
Presented by Hasura. Winners will receive Hasura swag.
Best Financial Tech Hack
Presented by Capitol One. Winners will receive $400 Amazon Gift Cards
Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS
$250 Amazon Web Services Credit
Best Domain Name from Domain.com
Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit
Best Use of Lyft API
Presented by Lyft. Winners will receive Apple Airpods and Lyft Swag.
Best Use of Earth Networks Weather Data API
Presented by Earth Networks. Winners will receive a $200 Amazon gift card which will be split among the team.
Best Use of Expo.io
Presented by Expo.io. Winners will receive a Nintendo Switch.
Most Likely to be a Founder (Rough Draft Ventures)
Presented by Rough Draft Ventures. This prize goes to the team most likely to start something big. From Facebook to Warby Parker, dozens of companies got started as dorm room hacks. The winner of this prize will get the opportunity to come to New York to pitch to Rough Draft Ventures for $25K in funding.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Expo.io Founder and Quora Co-Founder
Comcast Director of Intellectual Property
Compose Labs Co-Founder and EagerPanda Co-Founder
Senior Technology Manager at SIG
Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount? This is the most important criterion that your hack will be judged upon for the general prizes.
Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?