WiCHacks is an all women 24-hour hackathon hosted by Women in Computing at RIT. A hackathon is a collaborative programming event in which participants create an app, website, game, or other piece of software over the course of the event. Hackathon participants can be female college (including non-RIT) or high school students who are at least 16 years of age.

More information is available at http://wic-hacks.rit.edu/

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Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bags.

Best Teaching Programming Hack by Hubspot

Prize: Amazon Gift Cards and HubSpot water bottles!

Best Women & Gender Issues Hack by Viacom

Prize: 2nd gen Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus's

Most Innovative Hack by Intuit

An Amazon Echo for each teammate!

Technically Difficult by Constant Contact

Prize: Sony Portable Bluetooth Speakers

- Frameworks used
- Use of cloud in project
- Use of version control tools (Github)
- Use any local db or storage persistence
- Mobile / VR applications
- Authentication
- New technologies learned during hackathon

Rookie Award by Bank of America (2)

Best UI by New Relic

Prize: A portable Bluetooth speaker (Clip2) and a quick charge external battery (Mophie Powerstation) for each teammate.

- First and foremost, it’s got to look good
- We tend to favor clean, uncluttered designs
- UX interactions should be intuitive
- Design should be appropriate for the use case

Best Web App by Vitech

$3k in Amazon Gift Card credit shared amongst the team

Best Hardware Hack by Liberty Mutual (2)

Prize: Amazon Echo Dots

- Creative use of devices
- Real world potential/impact
- Creative and innovative solution

Most Novel by Women in Computing at RIT

Best Hack for Social Good by JP Morgan

A Google Home for the team!

Best Open Source Hack by Red Hat

Prize: A lilypad development kit (open source hardware)

Choose an open source license, make your code public (on GitHub, for example). You can even have a patch to an existing open source project, rather than writing a program from scratch.

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Various Company Sponsors!

Judging Criteria

  • Help children learn how to program
  • Solve a women and gender issue
  • Solve a data science problem
  • Wild Card

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