5th annual women-centric hackathon at Rutgers University

HackHERS 5.0 is the fifth iteration of Rutgers' annual, women-centric hackathon. On February 16-17, over 400 students from colleges throughout the U.S. will come together for 24 hours to turn their ideas into reality. HackHERS is organized by Rutgers Women in Computer Science, in collaboration with the Douglass Project for Women in STEM. 

Attendees will enjoy a weekend of awesome tech, food, swag, workshops, and mini-events while learning from distinguished speakers, inspiring mentors, and peers. Students will come together and get involved in learning, planning, and developing projects– ranging from web applications to hardware hacks–with the ultimate goal offostering growth and productivity among women who want to code. 

We want to create a space where women feel empowered to create with code and explore tech culture, and we invite everyone to help us achieve that.

**We use the inclusive definition of “women” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.

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Prizes

$2,131 in prizes

Best Overall Hack

Given to the team with the most innovative, functional and well-designed hack. Each winning team member will receive an Amazon Echo Smart Speaker with Alexa (2nd Generation).

ExxonMobil's Best Use of Dual Energy Dataset (4)

Best hack that incorporates uses energy dataset for Dual Energy Challenge. Each winning team member will receive Jaybirds, an Amazon Alexa and a bluetooth speaker. Runner ups will receive $50 Amazon and Uber Gift Cards.

Link to dataset: bit.ly/hackxom

Fiserv's Best "SpendWise" Hack (2)

Build an application to meet consumers' wish list while they use their debit and credit cards. Each winning team member will win a Kenneth Cole Backpack and a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

JP Morgan's Best Hack for Social Good

Given to the best hack for social good. Each winning team member will receive Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speakers.

Wakefern's Best Customer Experience Hack (2)

Given to the team that uses creativity (ie. technology hack or storyboard) to improve customer experience and serve the community. Each winning team member will receive $100 gift cards.

Best First Time Hack

Is this your first time attending a hackathon or creating a hack? For all the people who came here just starting to code, we encourage you to keep building things and learning. This is just the start of a truly rewarding journey. Each winning team member will receive a Raspberry Pi and a copy of Cracking the Coding Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell.

**To be eligible for this category, at least half of the team has to be first-time hackers. We want to encourage all first-time hackers to submit their creations.

Douglass Woman Prize

Given to the team with the hack displaying the best user interface and offering an optimal user experience. Each winning team member will receive a Business Laptop Backpack with USB Charging Port.**To be eligible for this category, at least half of the team must be enrolled in the Douglass Residential College.

For Women, By Women

We love seeing women empowering other women through technology! Whether it’s for equality in the workplace, women’s health, or anything else you can think of, this prize category is for women empowering each other. Given to the team with the best hack that empowers women. Each winning team member will receive a Mini Projector.

**To be eligible for this category, at least half of the team must be women.

Best AI/Data Science Hack

Given to the team with the best hack that incorporates artificial intelligence or data science. Each winning team member will receive a FitBit Flex 2, Black.

Best UI/UX Hack

Given to the team with the hack displaying the best user interface and offering an optimal user experience. Each winning team member will receive a WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive.

Most Unique Hack

Given to the team with the most unique and original hack. Each winning team member will receive a Color Changing iHome Speaker.

Best Hardware Hack

Got hardware? Given to the team with the best hack where the main focus is on hardware. Each winning team member will receive an Arduino Kit.

Funniest Hack

Hackathons aren’t all work and no play. This prize is for the inner class clown in you! Win something silly to take home by making us laugh until we fall! Given to the team with the funniest hack. Each winning team member will receive a Funny Mug and an Amazon Echo.

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Minis for each team member

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

410C Dragonboard for each team member

Snap Kit Prize

Use Snap Kit's web or mobile SDK in your hack. Each winning team member will receive an awesome Casio calculator watch.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Individuals who are undergraduate or graduate students
  • Must be registered as a hacker (www.ruhackhers.org)
  • All genders are welcome!

Requirements

Make your project, submit your hack including your entire codebase (ex. Github repository link) to Devpost and attend the HackHERS expo to show off what you built. You must demo at the expo and submit on Devpost in order to be eligible for prizes. 

Judges

Cynthia Sanchez Gomez

Cynthia Sanchez Gomez
Director of Douglass-DIMACS

Ana Centeno

Ana Centeno
Professor at Rutgers University

Judging Criteria

  • TBD