University at Buffalo's annual 24-hour student-run hackathon

UB Hacking is University at Buffalo's official student-run hackathon. Students are invited to gather at our event to create cool and innovative projects within 24 hours and showcase their achievements. Just bring your laptop (and other personal hygiene products) and we'll prepare the food and swag for a memorable weekend!

To learn more, visit ubhacking.com.

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Prizes

$12,360 in prizes

UB Hacking First Place

The first place team will receive a total of $1,500.

UB Hacking Second Place

The second place team will receive a total of $1,000.

UB Hacking Third Place

The third place team will receive a total of $750.

UB Hacking Best Freshman Hack

The Lead-a-Newbie team will receive a total prize of $500 and will be awarded to a team where the entire team is made up of freshman hackers!

UB Hacking Lead a Newbie Prize

The Lead-a-Newbie team will receive a total prize of $500 and will be awarded to a team where over half of the members have never been to a hackathon before

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com branded backpack for each team member.

Best use of Google Cloud

Google Home Minis for each team member.

Best Automation Hack with UiPath

Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and DROCON Drone!

M&T Tech - "Best Hack using Augmented Reality technology to solve a local community challenge!" (2)

Show your commitment to your community by showcasing how mobile Augmented Reality (AR) technology can benefit a local group in need. Volunteerism, tourism, accessibility, helping the underserved, are all ways we help to make a difference to our communities each day." Take today's platforms (ex. Google ARCore, Apple AR Kit, etc.) and explore ways to integrate relevant data, visual assets and AR features together. Determine how you measure success by defining your end user, the business outcomes, how you learn from your users, and benefits they realize by using your product. Create experiences in ways that are meaningful to your user and fit the community focus. What capabilities you decide to explore and showcase is up to you. The judging criteria will assess how well you stich it all together in a new and compelling way, and how you measure success against the business outcomes you've set out to deliver.
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The team with the best hack using M&T's Theme will win $250 per team member in Amazon Gift Cards courtesy of M&T Tech!!!

Centene - “Best Human Centered Hack”

In order for your project to qualify for the prize, you must work to fulfill the needs of at least one persona, which will be provided to you by Centene when you visit their table. Ultimate Ears Boom 3 portable Bluetooth speakers to the winners.

ACV Auctions - "Best User Interface Hack"

Wegmans - "Best use of Wegmans API"

$250 Wegmans gift cards to the winning team members.

MOOG - "Best Solution using .NET Core 3.0"

Four $50 gift cards for the winning team.

Valuecentric - “Best Data Oriented Hack”

$200 in amazon gift cards.

Fidelity Investments - “Best Introduction to Financial Literacy”

Raspberry pi 4 (2gb) starter kit to each student on the winning team.

UB Blackstone Launchpad - "World’s Challenge Challenge Category"

Propose a hack or app to solve one of the 17 sustainable development goals to transform our world. Win a chance to learn more from UB Blackstone Launchpad' various resources like venture coaches, etc.

UB Blackstone Launchpad - "[em]power pitch Category"

To qualify for this challenge, your team needs to be led by & your pitcher needs to be a female-student. Win a chance to learn more from UB Blackstone Launchpad' various resources like venture coaches, etc.

Facebook - “Best Hack that embodies Facebook’s mission”

Solar powered backpacks for team members in the winning team.

Best Use of Twilio

Create a hack using Twilio's powerful communications API. Do things like send SMS messages, phone calls, email, and much more in your project. The team that has the best use of Twilio will win a $50 Amazon gift card per team member.

Best use of MongoDB Atlas

Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud! Automate the provisioning and deployment process with ease, while focusing all your efforts on your hack. Projects built using MongoDB Atlas will be eligible to win an AirCharge Plus per team member.

Judges

UB CSE faculty

UB CSE faculty

M&T Bank representatives

M&T Bank representatives

ACV Auctions representatives

ACV Auctions representatives

Centene Corporation representatives

Centene Corporation representatives

Judging Criteria

  • Demoing
    When demoing, make sure to talk about the technologies used, what challenges you encountered when creating the project, what you learned, and why you're passionate about the project!