Coming out of the pandemic, once again we realize how meaningful it is to come together and shatter the stereotypes barriers that have once made us or others feel intimidated to participate. Therefore, the theme for TechTogether Seattle 2021 is Break the Ice, Break the Stereotypes. 

In order to partake in this hackathon, please register on Eventbrite. 

Did you know that last year TechTogether hackathons had an average 98% recommendation rating? TechTogether's hackathon season is brought to you by MicrosoftRobinhoodCapital OneBalsamiqBoston University, and BU Spark!.

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Prizes

$3,818 in prizes

Best Meme-Worthy Hack

It’s totally okay to let loose once in a while. We want to recognize the hacker who created the most wacky hack. The more roundabout and out-right silly – the better. Each winning team member will receive a three-month subscription to Team Treehouse and a $25 Amazon gift card.

Stereotype Smasher Hack

We can all name stereotypes in the tech industry which have made us or others feel intimidated to participate. Create a hack that helps break the stereotypes in this industry and make it a more inclusive and welcoming place. Each winning team member will receive a “Diversity in Tech” Shirt and $50 Etsy Gift Card.

Most Unconventional Hack

You are not bound to society's expectations! Create a hack that challenges the way we view the world or an “unconventional hack” that can use technology to help solve social problems in a way we have never seen before. Each winning team member will receive a Kindle.

Most Courageous Hack #1

This prize is for teams with 2 or more first-time hackers. Each team member will receive a Binary Beauty T-Shirt. Each winner can select their preferred size and design.

Most Courageous Hack #2

This prize is for teams with 2 or more BIPOC-identifying hackers. Each team member will receive a Dress Code Sweatshirt. Each winner can select their preferred size and design.

Most Courageous Hack #3

This prize is for teams with 2 or more hackers that are currently enrolled or recently graduated from a Bootcamp (or training program) or community college. Each team member will receive a Binary Beauty T-Shirt. Each winner can select their preferred size and design.

Best High School Hack

The best hack created by a team consisting of all high school students. Each team member will receive a $25 Gift for Goods virtual gift card.

The Prettiest Hack

This prize is for the hack with the best design and UI/UX. Each team member will receive a Marynguyenco t-shirt. Each winner can select their preferred size and design.

The Ultimate Failed Hack

This prize is for the team who dreamed big and failed hard. Each team member will receive a EllaTeeCo T-Shirt. Each winner can select their preferred size and design.

Most Open-Minded Attendee

This challenge is for the attendee that attends the most events during the hackathon. Events include workshops, keynotes, career fairs, and fun activities. If it is on the TechTogether schedule, then it counts towards this challenge! The purpose of this challenge is to show our hackers that you don't need to build a project at a hackathon to participate and have fun. One lucky hacker will receive a LIMITED EDITION pink or blue Steminist Sweatshirt. The winner can select their preferred size and color.

Best Financial Hack with Capital One

Capital One would like to challenge TechTogether Seattle to create the best financial hack. Money impacts much of our lives and we would like to promote change for good. The winning team members will be awarded $200 Amazon gift cards.

Best Financial Literacy Hack with Robinhood

Best Digital solution that helps existing and prospective Robinhood users educate themselves around/better understand cryptocurrencies and mobile trading. Thw winning team will receive mentorship sessions from Robinhood Engineering Managers.

Best Transportation Hack with Cox Automotive

The Cox Automotive engineering teams create software that allows car dealers to move inventory, plan, pivot and adjust for demand while using data to drive their businesses. Create a data-driven project that reimagines transportation in a way that positively impacts your community. Each team member will receive a $100 Lyft gift card.

Hack for Seattle with Microsoft

Get your group together and do some research on the ‘Emerald City’ – Seattle, WA! Maybe you’ll learn about how the Space Needle was built, or how the city burned down, how commercial fishing works, or the state of homelessness in the city. Then, based on your research, do something about it! Maybe it’ll be building an app that captures a part of the city’s history or a website that helps people know where they can take donations to. We can’t wait to see what you build!

To enter this challenge, we ask that you use at least one of the following tools to create your masterpiece: Visual Studio Code (VS Code, Code), GitHub (for your code or even for CodeSpaces!), Azure (deploy your site using Azure Static Web Apps or train a model to recognize images using cognitive services) – as a student you get FREE Azure credits!, PowerApps, and MakeCode.

Prize: 1-Hour group mentoring session with a Microsoft engineer AND each winning team member will receive a $150 gift card to the eCompany Store.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

1. Work must be entirely completed during the hackathon hours.
2. You must submit a 2 minute (max) video demo! 
3. You must be on a team of 2-4 people.

Judges

TBD

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Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Execution
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Presentation
    How well was the project presented? Did it make the hack more compelling? Did it give a good idea of its purpose?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?

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