Welcome to OwlHacks!

This will be Temple University’s first virtual hackathon. Students and sponsors from around the world will gather virtually via Zoom in the name of STEM. Students will spend 24 hours working in teams or individually to create personal projects or compete for sponsored prizes. Sponsors will be able to provide a prize for a winning “hack”, which is a project that a team of students will work on during the hackathon. There will be multiple prizes that are presented during the closing ceremonies including company/non-profit-sponsored prizes as well as CST department-funded prizes.

Sponsors will host workshops to engage student in an educational environment. Sponsors will be able to connect and network with all students present at the event. This event will make Temple students more marketable in the job hunt, raise Temple’s standing with local tech companies, and engage with other local universities.

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Prizes

$2,100 in prizes

Best Overall Hack (2)

Create any technology based project within the 24 hours at OwlHacks!

1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $100

* Split between teammates

Best Overall Hack (High/Middle School) (2)

Create any technology based project within the 24 hours at OwlHacks!

1st Place: $200
2nd Place: $100

* Split between teammates
** Team must consist of at least 50% high/middle school students

Best Beginner Hack (2)

Create any technology based project within the 24 hours at OwlHacks!

1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $100

* Split between teammates
** Team must consist of at least 50% first time submitting a project at a hackathon

RSM Capture the Flag (2)

Get the highest score on RSM's Capture the Flag challenge to win and the overview will also be on the schedule look out for it!

1st Place: $400
2nd Place: $100

* Split between teammates

PBF Best Analytics/Visuals Challenge (2)

Create analytics and/or visuals with the provided data from Philadelphia Bail Fund that will be provided here at 10/17 @10 AM EST. There will be an overview session, please check the schedule for it.

Dataset:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6odjxet8cnv6zxm/all.csv?dl=0

1st Place: $400
2nd Place: $100

* Split between teammates

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack.

Coupon Code:
HACKOLANTERN

Prize:
PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com 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 Home Mini.

Prize:
Google Home Mini

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

Prize:
Winners receive Grove Beginner Kits

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Must be in Middle School/High School/University/College
  • Must show University/College ID/High/Middle School ID to receive prize
  • Must comply to MLH code of conduct
  • Maximun 4 people per team

Judges

OwlHacks Judging Team

OwlHacks Judging Team
Temple University

Judging Criteria

  • Completeness
    Project has all of its functionalities and features completed and correctly functioning.
  • Difficultly
    Project used complex and powerful technologies/tools pertaining to the project's frontend, backend, hardware, database, API, etc. The technologies used blend well together and help in creating a complete project.
  • Polish
    There are no errors or problems regarding the project's UI, CSS, application flow, crashing, or other hiccups during runtime. Errors/issues completing a transaction are properly explained and aren't left to the user to guess what went wrong.
  • Originality
    This hack is completely original and the team added unique features not found in most applications.