A 3-day virtual hackathon with over $50,000 in prizes consisting of hundreds of students around the world who will be working on projects that aim to solve problems in society using technology.

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 IssuesBuild a hack that addresses a global issue we are facing today! 

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Prizes

$51,000 in prizes

1st Place

Holy Stone Quadcopter with HD Camera Live Video | Wolfram Alpha PRO Access | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate

2nd Place

4 Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboards | Wolfram Alpha PRO Access | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate

3rd Place

Amazon Alexa Echo Dot (4th Gen, 2020 release) | Wolfram Alpha PRO Access | OrionHacks Personalized Winner Certificate

Best Website

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

Most Creative

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

All Participants

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

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

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 team@orionhacks.tech 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. 

Requirements

You must:

  • 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)

Judges

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman
Founder & CEO of Speechify | Forbes 30 Under 30

Alon Grinshpoon

Alon Grinshpoon
CEO of EchoAR | SLP Fellow

Gaurav Bhatnagar

Gaurav Bhatnagar
Solutions Architect @ Druid

Jack Herrington

Jack Herrington
Principal Software Engineer @ Nike | UI Architect @ Walmart Labs & YouTuber

Segun Adebayo

Segun Adebayo
Creator of Chakra UI | Engineering Manager (Design Systems) @ Tradeling

Nidhi Vichare

Nidhi Vichare
Enterprise Architect

Georgii Kliukovkin

Georgii Kliukovkin
Lead Software Engineer @ DINS

Judging Criteria

  • Technicality
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Originality/Creativity
    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!”.
  • Polish/Functionality
    How usable is the hack? Is the experience smooth and error-free? Is the hack a functional, working project, rather than just an idea?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Presentation
    How clearly is the hack presented? Is the submission video well created? Does the presentation look professional and well-articulated?

theme

  • Social Good