Howdy, Friends!

We are inviting you to our Hosted by MLH month-long digital hackathon series! This event will feature tons of prizes from MLH partners, and we’re so excited to see what you create this month.

As always, focus on having fun, learning from fellow hackers, and making new friends! Whether this is your first or 100th hackathon, there's always plenty to experiment with!

While you’re hacking this month, don’t forget to check out some of the awesome workshops and mini-events we have happening.

Requirements

  • We require all teams to submit a 2 minute or less demo video.
  • Your code must be available in some sort of public repository.
  • Your code and video must remain public post-event if you want to continue being eligible for prizes. If your repo and video are not public we will select new winners.
  • Your demo video must state the name of the hackathon at the beginning of the video. 
    • Ex. "Hey I'm Sam and this is my demo for Hackfest."
  • You must have completed all the registration steps on Devpost. 
  • Your video must be created after the start date and before the end date of the hackathon.
  • We don't allow you to submit your project to other hackathons.
  • You can no longer submit projects that include prior work.
  • You are allowed to submit multiple projects to this hackathon.
  • There is no maximum or minimum team size but we've noticed that teams perform best when they have a maximum of 4 hackers.

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

Best Use of AI in Education

Artificial Intelligence (AI) models, such as large language models (LLMs), are transforming how we interact with computers. During this weekend's hackathon, we want you to apply AI towards improving education to produce tools that support the quality, accessibility, and equitability of learning in today's classrooms. You can use AI to address any challenge teachers and students face, such as curriculum planning, question selection, teacher training, content generation, personalized feedback, automated grading and more.

For this challenge, we encourage you to draw on your own educational experiences and propose technical solutions to problems you've regularly encountered as students — after all, you are the best to know where our education system needs improvement. Design impactful and effective AI tools for education for a chance to win a TickTime Pomodoro Timer!

To give you some inspiration, we're sharing some educational and technical resources:

1) This list (http://hackp.ac/schmidt-LE-challenges) of the most pressing issues educational leaders have around AI

2) An introduction to the emerging field of Learning Engineering (http://hackp.ac/schmidt-LE-intro)

3) A map of AI in education (http://hackp.ac/schmidt-ai-map)

4) A recent competition series using LLMs for automated essay evaluation - http://hackp.ac/schmidt-LLM

Best Use of TinyMCE

TinyMCE (https://hackp.ac/tinymce) is a rich-text editor that allows you to create formatted content within a hacker-friendly interface. Adding a Rich Text Editor component (https://hackp.ac/tinymce-docs) has never been easier! Alongside functionality like bold, italics, underlines, hyperlinks, or titles (to name a few), the editor also allows users to enable HTML tags, MarkDown or CSS. TinyMCE even gives you the ability to edit your text elements directly with no code, similar to the way you would edit a word document.

TinyMCE also has dozens of plugins (https://hackp.ac/tinymce-plugins) that allow developers to customize their user’s experience. From implementing accessibility checkers, autocorrect, and enhanced image editing to utilizing emoticons, adding responsive design with auto resize and even a ChatGPT AI Assistant, there’s a plugin for every use case imaginable!

Signup for TinyMCE for a free trial and get started today, no credit card required! To qualify for the Best Use of TinyMCE prize category, be sure to render the editor with a Tiny Cloud account and use at least 3 open source plugins and 2 premium plugins in your project, for a chance to win a 3D Printing Pen for you and each of your team members!

Most Creative Use of Redis Cloud

Redis Cloud (https://hackp.ac/redis-cloud-free) is the easiest way to build and scale real-time applications - Period! It includes Redis Stack, adding indexing, querying, full-text search, JSON, time-series, and probabilistic data structures to the already-rich set of features of Redis.

Redis Stack works with all of your favorite programming languages and can be added to any existing application. It’s the easiest way to build real-time applications that scale and perform.

Show us how you’ve used Redis Cloud in a way that showcases your unique and specific data structure needs and each member of your team could win a personal, portable Redis Stack server IOT hardware unit to keep developing on the go. Find out why Stack Overflow Developers have voted Redis their “most loved and admired” noSQL database for years-running by rolling Redis into your MLH Hackathon project.

Sign up for your free Redis Cloud account(http://hackp.ac/redis-cloud-free), and head over to the MLH jump off page (https://hackp.ac/redis-university-mlh) on Redis University (http://hackp.ac/redis-university) for more info and docs links. Enter coupon code MLHFall2023 to claim your Redis Cloud credits and get started for free!

Best Use of Auth0

Auth0 wants your applications to be secure! Why spend hours building features like social sign-in, Multi-Factor Authentication, and passwordless log-in when you can enable them through Auth0 straight out of the box? Auth0 is free to try, doesn’t require a credit card, and allows for up to 7,000 free active users and unlimited log-ins. Make your new account today (https://hackp.ac/auth0-signup) and use any of the Auth0 APIs (https://hackp.ac/auth0-docs) for a chance to win some exclusive swag, including an Auth0 branded Rocketbook and Rubik's Cube!

Best Use of MATLAB

MATLAB and Simulink are computational tools used at over 100,000 businesses, government and university sites in over 190 countries. Use MATLAB and/or Simulink exclusively or integrate them into another tool for your next hack to win an exclusive MathWorks branded Wireless YoYo Speaker! You can also claim a free MATLAB software license to get started.

Best Use of Flow

Flow is a public, decentralized, layer-one blockchain designed for creating limitless Web3 apps for mainstream adoption. Flow empowers hackers like you to build decentralized applications and share them with the world. Write safe and readable smart contracts with Cadence and explore the potential of composable, on-chain logic. With SDKs (https://hackp.ac/flow-sdk) in multiple languages like Javascript, Go, Kotlin, Python, Swift, Unity, you can jump in and start your hack using Flow (https://hackp.ac/flow-gettingstarted) this weekend for a chance to win $200 USD worth of FLOW token for each member of your team!

Best Use of Taipy

Taipy is a powerful yet easy to use open-source Python library for creating full stack web applications! If you’re a Python developer, this library enables you to build interactive and dynamic graphical user interfaces and support them with data-driven backends. All of these functionalities are just a pip install taipy away and can cut your development time in half! Use Taipy in your hackathon project for a chance to win a set of Wireless Headphones for you and each of your team members, as well as a chance to have your project featured on the Taipy website!

Best DEI Hack sponsored by Fidelity

At Fidelity, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are viewed as major keys to the success of their business, which is why they are challenging you to come up with innovative ways to create forward-thinking financial tech that promotes equality for all people! We want you to use your hacking skills to find and build solutions that put financial opportunities and resources within reach for all communities, creating accessible, sustainable, and/or inclusive solutions. The team with the best hack will win a Fidelity branded wireless charger for each team member!

Best Use of Kintone

Still not sure what backend to use in your hack? Kintone (https://hackp.ac/kintone) is a low-code web database that lets you set up your backend in minutes. It's beginner friendly, allowing you to customize your Kintone app using nothing but JavaScript and HTML. If you're interested in IoT, your team can snag a FREE microcontroller by signing up for Kintone (https://hackp.ac/kintone-developer-license) and visiting the MLH table. If you use Kintone in your hackathon project(https://hackp.ac/kintone-hackathon-idea), you'll have a chance to win a breadboard IoT kit to power up the hardware hacking for each member of your team!

Most Innovative Startup Idea

Imagine having the tools, resources, and support you need to turn your idea into reality. With the Google for Startups Cloud Program (https://goo.gle/mlh), you can harness the power of the Google Cloud Platform to supercharge your startup and scale your project faster than ever.

1) Come up with your next big idea and form a team around it.

2) Purchase a domain and create an email forward i.e. setup username@business.com to forward to your personal email.

3) If you do not yet have a Google Cloud Console account, sign up (https://console.cloud.google.com/freetrial?redirectPath=https://cloud.google.com/startup/apply) using your @business.com email address.

4) Apply here (http://goo.gle/mlh) using the same email in Step 3 or apply by visiting goo.gle/mlh

Do these three things, and you can get up to $2,000 USD in cloud credits over 2 years, technical training, business support, and Google-wide offers! On top of that, the team with the most innovative idea will win a Google Branded Backpack.

Best AI Application Built with Cloudflare

Cloudflare is one of the world’s largest networks enabling hackers like you to build, deploy, and deliver trusted applications, no matter where you are! With Cloudflare, you’ll have all the building blocks to create a full-stack application; from C3 instance deployment to object storage. You can even run machine learning models in the cloud and leverage your AI functionality via API requests using Cloudlfare’s Workers AI! Enjoy Cloudflare’’s generous free tier (https://hackp.ac/cloudflare) to get started at no cost! This weekend, we want you to build an AI Application utilizing Cloudflare’s numerous services for a chance to win Arduino Student Kits for you and your team!

Best Use of Starknet

Starknet is a general-purpose network where you can write and deploy your own smart contracts and interact with other contracts just like Ethereum. Build your application around Starknet using Rust or Python for your backend infrastructure, Starknet DSL for smart contract development, and React / JavaScript for your front end user interface. There are several SDKs available for you to choose from, making integrating Starknet into your hackathon project a breeze. Use Starknet in your project this weekend for a chance to win a Starknet care package, including a backpack, socks, water bottle, and a ticket to a Starknet sponsored Web3 conference of your choice!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Major League Hacking

Major League Hacking

Judging Criteria

  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Originality
    Has this project been done before at hackathons in the past? How creative is their project in solving the problem at hand?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface?
  • Adherence to Theme
    Does the hack adhere to the event's theme? Does it implement that theme fully or just partially?
  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?

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