UB Hacking is University at Buffalo's student-run hackathon. Students from different backgrounds with any-level of experience are welcome to join us as they build fun, innovative projects over 24 hours.

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$10,500 in prizes

UB Hacking First Place

The first-place team will receive a total of $2500

UB Hacking Second Place

The second-place team will recieve a total of $2000

UB Hacking Third Place

The third-place team will receive a total of $1500.

UB Hacking Best Freshman Hack

$1000 will be awarded to a team where the entire team is made up of either Freshmen or High Schoolers and they have the best submission.

UB Hacking Lead-a-Newbie Prize

Best submission from a team half comprised of first-time hackers and at least one veteran will win $1000

Failure to Launch

Best project that doesn't actually end up working, plz demo

Prize: $500

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 located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded backpack.

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .tech 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.

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!

Best use of CockroachDB

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for each team member. What's more, All US residents that submit CockroachDB enabled projects will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last!

Best Space App powered by Space Force

The sky is not the limit! Try your hand at making a space-themed application for a chance to win a wireless Bluetooth speaker for you and your team from the U.S. Space Force! We’re looking for amazing solutions to any space-related problems you can imagine. For any sci-fi enthusiast, this is the perfect opportunity to push the limits of your creativity by building the technology of tomorrow, today. We can’t wait to see the solutions you build!

Please note: the majority of your team members must be located in the United States to qualify.

Most fun and inclusive way to boost social engagement in a remote work setting presented by M&T Tech (3)

Most fun and inclusive way to boost social engagement in a remote work setting.

Each team member will benefit from some amazing prizes courtesy of M&T Tech!!!

1st place: $250 Amazon Gift card, and a Coffee Chat with a M&T Tech technologist

2nd place: CORSAIR K100 Keyboard, and a Coffee Chat with a M&T Tech technologist

3rd place: Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen), and a Coffee Chat with a M&T Tech technologist

Come visit the M&T Tech table for some awesome swag and other giveaways!

Rethink how we show a car on our platform presented by ACV Auctions

Here we challenge you to rethink how we show a car on our platform. Apps like Tinder, eBay, Facebook Marketplace are all focused on giving users a quick interactive fun experience to view objects. Teams will think out of the box to design an iOS app that gives an end user a unique experience of how they can view, evaluate, and make a decision on a car in real time.

Prize: 6 month Subscription Boxes - Lootcrate - Box to be selected by Winners (https://lootcrate.com/collections/all)

Best Crypto Hack presented by Foundry Digital

Students will be asked to develop the most innovative and unique crypto hack (developing a decentralized application, utilizing Solidity, or any other related topic; Prize: $2,000 total in Visa gift cards ($500 each for a team of four, or split evenly among the winning team)

Best Sensor App using Azure Edge presented by Moog

Best Sensor App Using Azure Edge. Prizes will be Amazon gift cards. Our understanding is that Azure Edge is free to students, but there is an option for configuration here that could be used: https://azure-samples.github.io/raspberry-pi-web-simulator/

Front-Line Employee Digital Experience presented by Wegmans

The needs of a front-line worker has shifted greatly with the changes Covid-19 has brought to the workplace. Create an application that would support an employee working in this challenging new environment.

Prize: $1000 Wegmans gift card (split among team)

Do something useful and creative with Teknic Hardware presented by Teknic (3)

A Hardware hack that uses at least 1 Teknic ClearCore Motion and IO controller with opportunity to also use Teknic ClearPath servo motors.
-Create an interface for a machine controlling by using a ClearCore paired with an interactive display
-Control multiple axis of coordinated motion controlling position, velocity and torque in a ClearPath through the IO ports on the ClearCore
-Communicate between multiple controllers to develop a network of Motion and IO controllers (wired or wirelessly)
-Interface with all kinds of switches, sensors, LEDS, relays, DC motors, and serial devices.
-Read/Log data with a built-in micro SD card reader
-Extensive documentation and over forty well commented examples are provided to get you started (insert helpful starting links here)"

1st 1 ClearCore per teammate and 1 $20 Amazon GiftCard per teammate
2nd 1 ClearCore per teammate
3rd 2 ClearCores for the team to split

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    This category is meant to recognize those projects which are unique and haven't been done before. How innovative is the project idea? Does this project offer a new solution to a problem?
  • Usefullness
    This category is meant to recognize those projects which you can see as being very helpful or enjoyable to its target users. Would you use this product? Do you see how this product would be useful to others?
  • Technical Challenge
    This category is meant to recognize those projects which showcase superior skill in development. How complex or difficult is the technical problem this project addresses?
  • Polish
    This category recognizes those projects that are practically ready for beta testing after only 24 hours of hacking Does this product run fairly smoothly even after only 24 hours of work? Do you find it easy to use?

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