Create a hack that combines code with your favorite pastime activity.

Take your hobby to the next level at HobbyHacks! Create a hack that combines code with your favorite pastime activity (Netflix not included). Whether you're a beginner or advanced hacker, this event is for you. HobbyHacks is for women (cis & trans) and non-binary individuals. Men are welcome to volunteer, mentor, or participate as sponsors.

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Prizes

$5,000 in prizes

Best UiPath Automation Hack

Build or add automation to your hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a Limited Edition UiPath Branded Backpack.

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Domain.com branded 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 Nest Mini.

Best Music Hack

Build a project that uses technology to bring your passion for music to life. Winners will get $1,000 donated to one of the following charities of their choice.

The charities and nonprofits eligible for donations are: G|Code House, Code2040, Transgender Law Center, /dev/color, Resilient Coders, Black Girls Code, Hack Diversity, Reclaim the Block, Fuel the Fight Boston, and the Black Visions Collective.

Best Cooking Hack

Build a project that uses technology to bring your passion for cooking to life. Winners will get $1,000 donated to one of the following charities of their choice.

The charities and nonprofits eligible for donations are: G|Code House, Code2040, Transgender Law Center, /dev/color, Resilient Coders, Black Girls Code, Hack Diversity, Reclaim the Block, Fuel the Fight Boston, and the Black Visions Collective.

Best Gaming Hack

Build a project that uses technology to bring your passion for gaming to life. Winners will get $1,000 donated to one of the following charities of their choice.

The charities and nonprofits eligible for donations are: G|Code House, Code2040, Transgender Law Center, /dev/color, Resilient Coders, Black Girls Code, Hack Diversity, Reclaim the Block, Fuel the Fight Boston, and the Black Visions Collective.

Best Arts & Crafts Hack

Build a project that uses technology to bring your passion for Arts & Crafts to life. Winners will get $1,000 donated to one of the following charities of their choice.

The charities and nonprofits eligible for donations are: G|Code House, Code2040, Transgender Law Center, /dev/color, Resilient Coders, Black Girls Code, Hack Diversity, Reclaim the Block, Fuel the Fight Boston, and the Black Visions Collective.

Most Courageous Hack

This prize is for teams with 3 or more first-time hackers. Our favorite beginner-friendly team will win a sticker pack from our Executive Director's personal sticker collection. She has hundreds of stickers from the past 3 years, so expect some vintage finds.

1517 Most Novel Hack

$1K grant and $10K of AWS credits to the most unique hack we see. Must be in undergrad or high school and interested in continuing to work on their project after the hackathon.

Most Creative Radar.io Hack

Build the most creative hack using Radar's SDKs and APIs for geofencing, location search, and geocoding. Some ideas for location-aware projects include a delivery tracker, campus building locator, and a Find my Friends clone. Winning team members will be eligible to win a Tile Sticker Smart Tracker and a chance to be featured by Radar.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

HobbyHacks is for women (cis & trans) and non-binary individuals. You must be 16 years or older to participate in this event. We do not have any location restrictions for this event.

Requirements

Work must be entirely completed during the hackathon hours.

You must submit a 2 minute (max) video demo!

Judges

Temi Obaisi

Temi Obaisi
Product Manager, Xfinity Mobile

Dennis Heihoff

Dennis Heihoff
CTO, Lumber

Erica Lehotzky

Erica Lehotzky
Associate Software Engineer, StackWave

Alice Moore

Alice Moore
Moore Business Services

Taye Johnson

Taye Johnson
Data Analytics Manager, Eidolon Communications

Shalyn Tay

Shalyn Tay

Yoshita Narang

Yoshita Narang

Gina Choi

Gina Choi

Sascha Mombartz

Sascha Mombartz

Heena Purohit

Heena Purohit
Lead Product Manager, IBM Watson

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Execution
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Presentation
    How well was the project presented? Did it make the hack more compelling? Did it give a good idea of its purpose?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
  • Adherence to Theme
    Does the hack adhere to the event's theme? Does it implement that theme fully or just partially?