OrionHacks is this January 16-18th – a 3-day virtual hackathon with over $50,000 in prize value (prizes, swag bundles, and raffles) consisting of hundreds of students around the world who will be working on projects that aim to solve problems in society using technology.
This year's theme is on Global Issues. Build a hack that addresses a global issue we are facing today!
In order to participate in OrionHacks, you must be in high school or college. If you are younger/older and would like to compete, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you on an individual basis.
Teams can be maximum 4 people, and everyone must be present at the hackathon to participate.
- Specify if you are a beginner (aka. first hackathon), thus qualifying you for the "Best Beginner Hack"
- Specify if you are competing for a category prize (ex: Best Environmental Hack, Best Hardware Hack, Best iOS Hack, etc)
- Submit a ✨ 3 minute video ✨ demoing your wonderful project (MAX 3 min, no exceptions)
$152,400 in prizes
Holy Stone Quadcopter with HD Camera Live Video | Wolfram Alpha PRO Access | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate
4 Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboards | Wolfram Alpha PRO Access | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate
Amazon Alexa Echo Dot (4th Gen, 2020 release) | Wolfram Alpha PRO Access | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate
4 year-long .TECH domains | 4 CloudSploit Plus Access | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate
Best Bubble.io Hack
4 Google Home Minis | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate
Best AR/VR Hack
$50 Amazon Gift Card | 4 Egghead.io 1-year Access Passes | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate
Best Hardware Hack
4 Particle Argon Kits | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate
Best Education Hack
Magoosh ACT & SAT subscription | $25 AoPS Coupons | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate
Best Environmental Hack
4 Otterbox Elevation Growler Tumblers (Silver Panther Design) | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate
Best Beginner Hack
4 Wireless Charging Stands | Wolfram Alpha PRO Access | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate
Best Duo Hack
2 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds w/ In-Ear Studio Performance | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate
4 Pulsefire Surge RGB Gaming Mouse | 4 Genially Licenses | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate
Best ML Hack
4 Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow Books | Wolfram Alpha PRO Access | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate
Best iOS App
4 (Programming Fundamentals with Swift) Books | Wolfram Alpha PRO Access | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate
Swag Prize Bundle (Stickers, T-Shirts, and more!)
1 year Voiceflow Pro Plan
30-day Access Pass to Interview Cake
Wolfram One Access Pass
3 months Repl.it Hacker Plan
CloudSploit Basic Plan
6 months access to InVision
90-day access to Balsamiq Cloud
$120 in SashiDo Credits
Business Tier Access to EchoAR
OrionHacks Participation Certificate
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Founder & CEO of Speechify | Forbes 30 Under 30
CEO of EchoAR | SLP Fellow
Solutions Architect @ Druid
Principal Software Engineer @ Nike | UI Architect @ Walmart Labs & YouTuber
Creator of Chakra UI | Engineering Manager (Design Systems) @ Tradeling
Lead Software Engineer @ DINS
Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
Is the hack reinventing the wheel (i.e. recreating another social/mobile/local app)? Or, is the hack entirely novel, an out of the box idea, and one that makes you have to say “wow! this is a fantastic hack!”.
How usable is the hack? Is the experience smooth and error-free? Is the hack a functional, working project, rather than just an idea?
Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
How clearly is the hack presented? Is the submission video well created? Does the presentation look professional and well-articulated?