HackRU is a 24-hour hackathon at Rutgers University. We welcome hundreds of students to join us in building awesome software and hardware projects.

Welcome to the twelfth biannual HackRU, hosted at Rutgers University by USACS, the Undergraduate Student Alliance of Computer Scientists!

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Prizes

$1,432 in prizes

1st Place

Audio-Technica Headphones and Finger Spinner

2nd place

A Fire Tablet and Case

3rd place

DKnight Big MagicBox Bluetooth 4.0 Portable Wireless speaker

4th place

Mechanical Keyboard

Best Hardware Hack

Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

Best Solo Hack

Best Choice Products Gaming Chair W Audio Speakers System Video Game Rocker Seat

Best Rutgers Hack

A gift basket with a Rutgers hat, KMASHI Portable Power Bank, MasterStor 80GB Portable Hard Drive, and Multi USB Cable!

Best Social Hack

Amazon Echo Dot

#HackHarassment

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 Use of MongoDB

Amazon gift cards

Best Health Hack (Merck) (2)

Amazon Echo

Best Smart Home Hack (Pariveda Solutions)

Amazon Gift Cards

Best Educational Tech Hack (Viacom)

Philips Hue Lightstrips & Bridges

Best Use of Nexmo API (Vonage-Nexmo) (2)

Amazon Echos, Tour of Vonage's HQ in Holmdel, NJ (possible beach volleyball match), and Vonage swag!

Best use of Verizon API

Samsung Galaxy tablets

Best Use of Twilio API

A MiP

Best Use of Nessie

Amazon $250 Gift Cards for each Team Member
(Max 4)

Failure to Launch

No matter what your idea is, keep building, keep hacking, and keep learning and growing. You all have made it this far and you should be proud of the work you have invested into your hacks :smile:

Some specific requirements:
1) team must have worked really hard on the project (and it shows)
2) project was not complete
3) is a good idea conceptually
4) *must* demo to be eligible

Mentors will be going around and judging hacks as well as keeping track of your progress throughout the hackathon. Definitely make sure to reach out to mentors throughout the event!

Winners will receive a 5-month subscription to Wolfram Alpha and a 3-month subscription to Skillshare

Eligibility

Students who have registered for HackRU and checked-in to the event are eligible to participate. As per MLH regulations, all hackers must currently be a student or have graduated within the last school year.

All participants are only allowed to be a part of one team and submit one project. The max amount of people for a team is 4 people all being over 18 years in age. Participants will risk disqualification if they don't adhere to these guidelines.

Judges

Andrew Tjang

Andrew Tjang
Professor

Ana Paula Centeno

Ana Paula Centeno
Dr.

Fabio Centeno

Fabio Centeno

Brian Russell

Brian Russell
Dr.

David Cash

David Cash
Dr.

John-Austen Francisco

John-Austen Francisco
Dr.

Paul Krzyzanowski

Paul Krzyzanowski
Professor

Antonio Miranda

Antonio Miranda
Dr.

Santosh Nagarakatte

Santosh Nagarakatte
Dr.

George Berger

George Berger
Professor

Judging Criteria

  • None