Whether you're an experienced programmer or have never coded anything in your life before, there's something for everyone at this hackathon!

XdHacks Mini SF is a virtual hackathon for students from all levels. Whether you're an experienced programmer or have never coded anything in your life before, there's something for everyone at this hackathon! If you are not interested in coding anything yet, you can just attend to learn about how to plan an idea or a project. Others will get the chance to code for solutions to solving the world's problems. Prizes will be awarded to the highest-ranking teams, and the event will be filled with workshops, guest speakers, mentors, and more to assist you with your projects.  

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Prizes

$8,500 in prizes

Traditional Track - 1st Place

$25 per member
- Amazon Gift Card

$25 per member
- Wolfram|One (30 days)

$375 per member
- Wolfram|One Personal Edition (1 year)
- Wolfram|Alpha Pro (1 year)

$84 per member
- Repl.it Hacker Plan (1 year)

Up to $600 per member
- Balsamiq Cloud (90 days)

Ideation Track - 1st Place

$20 per member
- Best Buy Gift Card

$25 per member
- Wolfram|One (30 days)

$375 per member
- Wolfram|One Personal Edition (1 year)
- Wolfram|Alpha Pro (1 year)

$84 per member
- Repl.it Hacker Plan (1 year)

Up to $600 per member
- Balsamiq Cloud (90 days)

Continuation Track - 1st Place

$15 per member
- Xbox Gift Card

$25 per member
- Wolfram|One (30 days)

$84 per member
- Repl.it Hacker Plan (1 year)

Up to $600 per member
- Balsamiq Cloud (90 days)

Honorable Mention

- Project will be featured on DevTrex projects and website

$25 per member
- Wolfram|One (30 days)

$84 per member
- Repl.it Hacker Plan (1 year)

Up to $600 per member
- Balsamiq Cloud (90 days)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Anyone in grades 6-12.

Requirements

After each team finishes hacking on the project, teams will submit their projects through a YouTube video and allow current professionals in the field of technology to assess and select the winners of the hackathon.

Unlike the previous iteration of XdHacks Mini, participants will not pitch or present their project for the online hackathon. However, participants are strongly encouraged to create a slideshow about their product to go along with the video. Their product should be a prototype, we don’t need any user interface and front end development going on. Even if the program itself isn’t finished that is fine. Your submission should simply show your thinking process when tackling the theme, and illustrate how you plan to solve your issue of choice with the beginnings of your solution. However, this is not a case competition and we want to see some practical work/coding done! 

 

Tracks

Ideation Hack

XD Hacks Mini SF strives to build a hackathon for everyone. Our Ideation Hack allows the complexity of projects to be significantly lower, opening the doors to elementary/middle schoolers, and students without any coding experience. An Ideation Hack is where you construct a business idea and build a pitch deck, website, or some type of prototype. Your hack will be judged from the perspective of a Venture Capitalist. 

 

Traditional Hack

A Traditional Hack is your typical hackathon project. Over the course of 24 hours, you and your team will code an innovative project that best fits the theme of the hackathon. 

 

Continuation Hack

Continuation Hacks are Hackathon projects that are being carried over from other hackathons. They will be judged based on the improvements that are made since the previous submission. We have noticed that students often abandon their projects after competing in hackathons. By opening a division for students to continue their projects we hope that they will be able to build more complex and thorough projects.

Judges

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Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    How effective is the solution to the target audience? How impressive was the project technically? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly original technique or various components?
  • Design
    Is the product visually appealing? Did the team create an aesthetically preferable user experience? Does the team have an accessible platform for the audience?
  • Practicality
    Is the product economically and socially feasible? Does the function of the project work? Does the project address the problem they are trying to solve? Is the solution accessible and sustainable in the long term?
  • Prototype
    Is your prototype comprehensive and able to communicate your entire project? Is the prototype functional and able to show the ideal outcome of the solution?
  • Presentation
    Does the slide show effectively showcase the project? Is there any contradiction between the slide show and the product? Did the slide show successfully and sufficiently outline all details about the project?

themes

  • Machine Learning/ AI
  • Fintech
  • Lifehacks