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TreeHacks 2020 will be the 6th-ever iteration of TreeHacks. Our theme this year is hacking for the future: addressing deeply impactful problems and building creative, unique solutions. We’ve identified six global and technological challenges that we think have tons of potential for innovation. Across each of these challenges, we’ve scaffolded resources like potential project ideas, data sets, APIs and toolkits, and more to help get you get started.

 

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Prizes

$141,250 in prizes

Moonshot Prize

The craziest, most out-of-this-world project.

11" iPad Pro with Apple Pencil for each team member, Lego Nasa Apollo Saturn V Rocket for each team member, and $100 Airbnb Gift Card for each team member

Most Technically Complex

The project built using the most technical skills

Bose QuietComfort 35 Bluetooth Headphones for each team member

Most Creative

The project with the most innovative idea and deployment

Nintendo Switch for each team member

Most Impactful Hack

The largest social impact project

Apple Watch Series 5 for each team member

Medical Access Grand Prize

Best project within the Medical Access Challenge

Allbirds Tree Runners for each team member

Education Grand Prize

Best project within the Education Challenge

Auking Mini Projector for each team member

Voice Assistance Grand Prize

Best project within the Voice Assistance Challenge

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth Speaker for each team member

Geospatial Grand Prize

Best project within the Geospatial Challenge

$400 Southwest Airlines Gift Card (https://www.southwest.com/html/generated/help/faqs/southwestgiftcard_faq.html) distributed across team members

IoT Grand Prize

Best project within the IoT Challenge

Philips Hue Wireless Starter Kit + Amazon Alexa Dot for each team member

AR/VR Grand Prize

Best project within the AR/VR Challenge

Facebook Portal for each team member

Best Beginner Hack

Best project developed by a team of majority first-time hackers

AirPods for each team member

Best Hardware Hack

Best project leveraging hardware

Samsung 32" Curved LED Monitor for each team member

[Genentech] Most Beneficial to Patients

Fitbit for each team member; opportunity to showcase project to a Genentech Data Science Team.

At Roche/Genentech, we strongly believe on focusing our energy on doing now what patients need next. We are excited to see projects that make an impact on health-related areas such quality of life, healthcare data collection, early diagnosis, access to medicines/care, etc. that ultimately improve patient lives.

*Criteria*
Novelty, Addresses an unmet medical need, Potential to be applied in the real world.

[Microsoft] Azure Champ Prize - Hack for Good

For an innovative project built on the Azure platform that helps resolve a real need in society

Surface Go's + Keyboards for each team member, and a $1000 donation to an approved charity of team's choice

[Oracle] Make the World a Better Place Hack

Show us how you make the world a better place with Oracle Technologies! For a project that helps to make the world a better place, we award each member of the winning team Apple AirPods Pro.

Criteria:
· Creativity
· Technical solution
· Use of Oracle technology
· Real world applicability

AirPod Pros + $5,000 in Oracle Cloud Credits for 1 year

[FujiFilm] Fujifilm's NeverStop Medical Innovation Prize

Instax camera + film, Japanese sweets, and VIP tickets to tour FujiFilm's invite-only showroom in Tokyo

[Google Cloud] Best Use of Google Cloud (3)

Use of any Google Cloud product in your project

1st Place Team: Google Home Mini, Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, and Cloud Water Bottle

2nd Place / 3rd Place Teams: Google Nest Minis

[Stanford McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society] Most Ethically Engaged Hack

$2000 cash for winning team
This prize awards the team that can best articulate the ethical tensions and potential hazards latent in their project and create innovative solutions for addressing them. Teams will also be evaluated based on the ethical significance of their technological intervention. Judging criteria for the prize can be found here: rb.gy/21wpus. Participants are encouraged to attend the workshop “Practice Safe CS: Ethical Frameworks for Technology’s Future” to learn more. To be considered, participants must also include in their devpost submission a written narrative that explains what ethical considerations were most important when developing the project and how they were incorporated into their final product.

[Checkbook] Best Hack Using a Payments API

Use of a Payments API when creating a product that will make life easier, more efficient and more convenient for a regular person. Projects will be judged in terms of highest degree of social impact in terms of smoothing everyday life for a person

Dinner at a Michelin Star restaurant (up to $100 per person)

[Neo] Perseverance Prize

If you’re thinking of continuing your project after TreeHacks, submit now for a chance to win in May! The team with the most progress by May 15th will win custom jacket with your project’s/startup’s logo and strategy session with Ali Partovi, an early investor in Facebook, Dropbox, Uber, and Airbnb.

Runner Up: A water bottle with your project’s/startup’s logo and strategy session with Ali Partovi, an
early investor in Facebook, Dropbox, Uber, and Airbnb.

[Facebook] Best AR/VR Hack

4 Oculus Gos

[MapMyIndia] Best Use of MapMyIndia API

$400 and free API access to first place, $100 and free API to second place

[OVAL Lab] Best Almond Hack

$500 Amazon gift card for best hack that uses Almond

[Samsung] Best Bixby Hack (2)

For 1st place: Galaxy Watch Active2 for each team member
For 2nd place: Galaxy Buds, True Wireless Earbuds with wireless charging case

Best Voice Assistance Hack that Uses Samsung Bixby

[VoiceFlow] Most User-Friendly Voice Assistance Hack

Amazon 3rd generation Echo or Google Home for the hack that best aligns with VoiceFlow's mission of making voice assistance products easy to use and deploy

[Teleportal] Best AR/VR Hack that Uses Teleportal

Raspberry Pis 4th Gen + free access to Teleportal

[SoundHound] Best Use of Houndify Voice AI API (3)

$1,750 (3 prizes: $1,000 for first place team, $500 for second place team, and $250 for third place team)

[Johnson Controls] JCI Innovation Prize

Hack with the most widespread impact!

AirPods for the winning team

[DRW] Best Data Visualization

We will be judging for the best data visualization hack. Projects will be judged on your ability to make data more accessible to more users. Can you make large data sets easily understandable at a quick glance? In a world overflowing with data, breaking it down for people is more important than ever. Bonus points will be given to those who use financial data.

Award: Oculus Go Headsets

[InfoSys] Most Energy Efficient/Sustainable Energy Hack (8)

Sony Headphones for Top 5 Hacks

Basis of judgement:
1. Scalability
2. Integrator solution
3. Ease of adoption
4. Team coordination
5. Cost and time efficiency
Prize: Sony Headphones for each hacker!

alwaysAI - Computer Vision in IoT

Best hack using alwaysAI’s platform in IoT. How would you make an impact on the world if you could give intelligent sight to a robot?

Criteria: Must use the alwaysAI platform, must have a positive impact.

Additionally, each team will be judged and rated 1-5 points or each of the following:
---Clear problem statement
---Computer vision is a key component of the idea
---Real world impact
---Completeness
---Creativity of concept

Award: Each team member of the winning team will receive a Raspberry Pi 4

alwaysAI - Computer Vision for Medical Access

Description: Best hack using alwaysAI’s platform for medical access. How would you make an impact on the world if you could give intelligent sight to a robot?

Criteria: Must use the alwaysAI platform, must have a positive impact. Additionally, each team will be judged and rated 1-5 points or each of the following:
---Clear problem statement
---Computer vision is a key component of the idea
---Real world impact
---Completeness
---Creativity of concept

Award: Each team member of the winning team will receive a Raspberry Pi 4

[Citadel] Best Decision Making under Uncertainty Hack

1 Electric Scooter per winning team member (Valued at $300 per scooter)

[NVIDIA] Best Use of Jetson Hack

Best hack that makes use of NVIDIA Jetsons. Winners get a Jetson AGX Xavier (valued at ~$1000)!

[Oracle] Make the World a Better Place Hack

Description: Show us how you make the world a better place with Oracle Technologies! For a project that helps to make the world a better place, we award each member of the winning team Apple AirPods Pro.

Criteria:
· Creativity
· Technical solution
· Use of Oracle technology
· Real world applicability

Award: Apple AirPods Pro and $5,000 Oracle Cloud Trial Credits for 1 year!

[Infosys] Sponsored Prize for Education (5)

Most sustainable hack!

Sony Headphones for Top 5 Hacks

Basis of judgement:
1. Scalability
2. Integrator solution
3. Ease of adoption
4. Team coordination
5. Cost and time efficiency Prize: Sony Headphones for each hacker!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    We want hackers to create a project that makes you say “wow” and tell all your friends about it. We're looking for projects that think so far outside the box that you begin to wonder why there was a box at all in the first place.
  • Technical Complexity
    In only 36 hours, hackers manage to build projects with remarkably complex infrastructures built on excitingly advanced frameworks. We hope to see projects that are really running some beautiful code or hardware under the hood.
  • Social Impact
    We're looking for hacks that are the blueprints for change that will impact future generations in humanity's most pressing areas of concern in the coming years.
  • Moonshoot
    We’re offering a super cool prize for the craziest, most out-of-this-world project at TreeHacks 2020. It doesn’t need to fit into any of the other categories (or any categories, for that matter). Take risks. Make the impossible, possible.