queer_hack will be one of the first hackathons in the nation run by and for LGBTQ+ students in tech. We're excited to make a safe space for queer students in computer science (as well as those who might be interested in computer science!) to work on hacks relating to social good. 

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Prizes

$2,875 in prizes

Grand Prize

Choice between Nintendo Switch, Oculus Quest 2 64GB, Apple Airpod Pro, and $250 donation to a UNC organization. Each member of the group (up to 4) will receive this prize.

Pool Prize (4)

Choice between Apple Airpods, CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit, WolframAlpha Pro Premium for Students Yearly Subscription, and Razer keyboard. 4 different projects will win this prize, and each member of the group (up to 4) will receive the prize.

Best Use of Google Cloud

Awarded for best use of any Google Cloud product. Prize: Google Cloud branded backpack, water bottle, and trophy.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

All participants must have been enrolled in a 2 or 4 year higher education institution within the past 12 months. For us to send the prize to you, you must provide an address within the United States, though don't need to be a US citizen. You must be 18+ as well to participate. There is one exception: any current student of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, regardless of age, may participate.

Requirements

Participants may work in teams (suggested 4 or fewer per team) or alone to submit a single project. A team with more than 4 participants is still eligible to win a prize, but in that case only 4 prizes will be given out.

Excluding the use of public APIs, SDKs etc, all code for the project must be written between Saturday December 5 at 11 AM EST and Sunday December 6 at 1 PM EST.

Concepts may originate prior to Saturday December 5 at 11 AM EST, but not code. Participants that submit more than one project, use code they wrote before Saturday December 5 at 11 AM EST, use plagiarized code or submit projects to more than one hackathon will be disqualified.

Within your submission, the following must be included:

  • A link to a GitHub repository that contains all code written for the project. We will check your code for cheating.
  • A video between 1 and 5 minutes that demos the project. This is how your project will be judged. Videos over 5 minutes will be accepted, however, judges may not watch past the 5 minute mark
  • The emails of all teammates that were used to register for queer_hack at our official website (so not this Devpost). These will be checked against our registration database to make sure that all submissions are made by people actually registered for queer_hack.

Judges

Kate Allen

Ndobe Foletia

Ndobe Foletia

Sam Anthony

Sam Anthony

Kieran Patel

Kieran Patel

Finley Sun

Kipp Williams

Kipp Williams

Jasper Christie

Ezequiel Torres

Austin Wang

Justin Garcia

Justin Garcia

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    Does the project have any social impact that goes above and beyond? Will this help the community with a real problem they are facing? Can this be implemented?
  • Functionality/Quality/Execution
    Is the project free of major bugs? Does it look appealing? This doesn’t have to be perfect, but if we're having a hard time understanding there may be a problem. Is the hack usable? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything work? Is it well designed?
  • Creativity
    Is this project unique and innovative? Is it a solution or creation we have never seen before? A better way of doing something?
  • Usefulness/Application
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the project technically impressive? What challenges did you have to overcome during the creation of your app? This is the most important category for our judging.

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