BrickHack: RIT’s premiere collegiate hackathon.

February 20th ignites a digital event devoted to 400+ designers and coders sinking 24 hours into building and creating. Mentors and industry representatives will also join the fray to lend expertise, and share wisdom. The best part? You can do participate from your own room.

You must register at BrickHack.io

View full rules

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$15,880 in prizes

Best Newbie Hack

At least 2 members should be first-time hackers. Each member of the winning team will win a Raspberry Pi 4.

Best Multimedia Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

Best Design

Each member of the winning team will win a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Best VR/AR Hack

Each member of the winning team will win an Oculus Go.

Best "COVID-19" Hack

Each member of the winning team will receive a $100 gift card for Netflix.

Best "Brick" Hack

Give us your best project. Bonus if it involves a brick. Enjoy :). Each member of the winning team will receive a Nintendo Switch and a ticket to Pinnacle 2021.

[Simone Center] Most Commercially Viable Product

RIT's Simone Center will award the winning team $2,000 to advance their concept towards commercialization. This money may be spent on prototyping or customer discovery travel expenses. It may also be used as a stipend for an RIT team member seeking to work on this project as an entrepreneurial co-op. To qualify, the winning team must include at least one RIT student.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Domain.com branded backpack.

Best Usage of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded Parkland backpack

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for this category. Each winning team member will receive a Grove Beginner Kit.

Best Use of CockroachDB

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open-source and indestructible SQL database. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for each team member. What's more, ALL projects submitted that use CockroachDB will receive a free t-shirt!

[Wegmans] Best API and Most Original Use of the Wegmans API

Each member of the winning team will receive a $200 Wegmans Gift Card.

[M&T] Best Digital Business Accelerator - 1st Place

- Target small businesses in your local community affected by the pandemic to help transition to digital business models.

With the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other available resources, small businesses are getting some funding to stabilize their operations. However - the pandemic is clearly changing how businesses needs to operate, and many of these changes will remain in place after the pandemic to meet the evolving expectations of customers. Here's what we want to see in your pitch: 
Think about a small business in your community that you are familiar with. How can a business take a lesson learned and adapt? How can you improve on a recent change you have seen implemented recently in your favorite small business?
Your project submission will need to outline your customer, the industry, and the problem faced. How does the solution achieve the desired business outcome?
Solutions need to be accessible: able to be marketed to and implemented with a non-technical audience
Share assumptions based on your idea, define your chosen tech stack used, and why
Demonstrate your app working against your sample data and integrated services

What capabilities you decide to explore, and showcase is up to you. The judging criteria will assess how well you stitch it all together in a new and compelling way, and how you measure success against the business outcomes you’ve set out to deliver.

Each member of the winning team will receive a $250 Gift and 30min meeting with a Technologist at M&T.

[M&T] Best Digital Business Accelerator - 2nd Place

- Target small businesses in your local community affected by the pandemic to help transition to digital business models.

Each member of the winning team will receive a $100 Gift and 30min meeting with a Technologist at M&T.

[M&T] Best Digital Business Accelerator - 3rd Place

- Target small businesses in your local community affected by the pandemic to help transition to digital business models.

Each member of the winning team will receive a $50 Gift and 30min meeting with a Technologist at M&T.

[Dolby.io] Best Overall

- https://try.dolby.io/brickhack7/

Launch your first startup, upgrade your workspace setup, or get the latest XBOX with Dolby Atmos and Vision... the possibilities are endless with this total cash prize upto $1,500. Max team count is four ($375/person).

[Dolby.io] 2nd: Best Use of Media Processing APIs and Best Use of Interactivity APIs (2)

- https://try.dolby.io/brickhack7/

- Clarification: the 1st prize winner is ineligible for this award.

- Prize Package for each team member. Two teams will win this award: **Netflix and... Dinner** Experience

1. Watch the latest films and shows shot in Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision with a 5+ month subscription to Netflix Premium ($100 value). Comes in the form of a Netflix gift card.

2. Dinner's on us! Choose your favorite local restaurant and order takeout for the evening ($50 value). The gift card or meal delivery service will be based on the local availability of the recipient.

3. Miss the movies as much as we do? Add an extra layer of fun into your movie night with your own retro popcorn machine. Did we mention its compact shape is perfect for dorm life? Until next time, Dolby Cinema!

4. We couldn't forget a retro tin popcorn and seasoning set for your new popcorn machine. Impress your friends with classic buttery popcorn or sweet caramel for a twist.

5. To lock in your new cinephile status. Keep track of your progress with the 100 movies bucket list scratch-off poster. Can you guess which movies are packed with audio/visual Dolby magic?

[Constellation Brands] Most Creative Social Experience

Over the past year, the ability for people to connect has changed and will never be the same. Help Constellation Brands explore the future of how people connect and celebrate. Build a Project that enables Constellation Brands to help people achieve one or more of the following:
- Enhance, not replicate, in-person: Blur the lines between analog and digital experiences
- Spark spontaneous connections: New wats to celebrate everyday moments that matter like happy hour, night-out with your friends, parties, date nights, and life's causal connections.
- 3rd Space: Re-imagine exploring and connecting out-of-home experiences like the great outdoors, local environment.
- Take a stand: Meaningfully connect your passion with causes and communities.

Each member of the winning team will win a Patagonia quarter-zip jacket, 15.6 inches USB Portable Slim Monitor with Case

[Dolby.io] Bonus: Best Open Source Bonus and Best Feedback Bonus

- https://try.dolby.io/brickhack7/

You can't write your best code on an empty stomach! Fuel your next all-nighter with a $50 gift card to Ubereats (or an equivalent local delivery service). Each team member will receive this prize!

Tickets to Pinnacle 2021

Pinnacle invites 4 winners from each of the world’s largest 50 collegiate hackathons to compete in an epic hack-off in late 2021.

Our participants, who represent the brightest developers, designers, and creators in the nation, will receive invitations throughout the Pinnacle 2020-2021 hackathon season. If you'd like to earn a ticket to Pinnacle, win the prize of Best "Brick" Hack and stay tuned for more updates on the website https://pinnacle.us.org/.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

You must be a registered participant of BrickHack in order to qualify. You must also be over the age of 18 and a current student or be within one year of your graduation date if you have already graduated.

Requirements

Your team must submit your project in a public-facing GitHub/GitLab/Bitbucket repository so we can confirm your work is genuine.

At least one person from your team must be at the judging expo in order for your submission to be considered.

Judging will happen virtually on Sunday, February 21st, 2021 from 12:30 pm – 2 pm.

Project submission information:

 

- We do not accept project submissions to multiple events

 

- You cannot work on an old project

 

- You can think of an idea beforehand but the project must be created during the hackathon)

 

- Videos aren't required

 

- Every member has to be registered for the event on Devpost.

 

- Hackers are not allowed to work on multiple teams (across 1 event or multiple)/submitting multiple projects

 

- Public repositories are required for validation(GitHub, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.)

 

- Any type of project (code or concept) will be accepted.

Judges

A qualified panel of expert judges

A qualified panel of expert judges

Judging Criteria

  • Judges make the final decision
  • 20% - Originality & Creativity & Novelty
    Is the project new and something that hasn't been attempted before? How does this approach a unique solution to a problem?
  • 20% - Wow Factor
    Subjective and buzz-wordy, huh? That's what makes it fun :) We know you have something up your sleeve that's going to knock our socks off!
  • 20% - Polish / Design / Execution
    Did your team successfully execute your project concept? Is it usable? Does it work? Is it well designed? Is the user experience smooth?
  • 20% - Demo / Presentation
    You'll have 2 minutes to pitch your project to the judges, followed by a Q/A. Being a digital event, it will take place in the Discord Server. We're interested in the problems you solved, API's you leveraged, technologies used, and lessons learned.
  • 20% - Multidisciplinary project
    We encourage and applaud interdisciplinary projects fueled by eclectic teams with diverse backgrounds.

themes

  • AR/VR
  • Machine Learning/AI
  • IoT