Huskie Hack 2015 - Hacking for Social Good

Get ready for fun, challenge, and innovation at NIU's first ever hackathon!  More than 350 students are expected to converge on NIU's campus for 24 hours of brainstorming, coding and design - all aimed at solving problems for area hospitals, schools, libraries, museums, municipalities, and public safety agencies.

Students from NIU will be joined by undergraduates from other nearby universities and community colleges, as well as a select number of high school students.  Faculty, industry, and alumni mentors will work with teams, leveling the playing field for those with limited coding or hackathon experience. 

Expect food, fun, and swag as participants address and create solutions to real regional challenges  Watch the excitement as groups compete for prizes to create ideas, plans, and actual applications or hardware, fueled by free food (and VERY little sleep.)

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Prizes

$5,570 in prizes

Best Hack - 1st Place (4)

This award allows the team of four to chose from 1 Pebble Watch, 1 Ollie for Android, 1 Sphero, or Parrot Mini Drone.

2nd Place Best Hack (4)

Surface 3

3rd Place Best Hack (4)

Parrot Mini Drones

Sector Winners - 1st Place (16)

8 Lilypad Pro Kits and 8 Leap Motions - for the 4 team winners to choose from

Sector Winners - 2nd Place (16)

Participants will receive a collection of Hack movies, and a "Meh" Hoodie Sweatshirt. Movies include:
Sneakers Movie
Hackers 20th Edition
War Games
The Net

Sector Winners - 3rd Place (16)

Arduino Uno ultimate Starte Kit with Book

Best High School Team (4)

Google Chromecast Streaming Media

Best NIU Hack (4)

Google Chromecast Streaming Media

Where's Waldo (3)

Canakit Raspberry Pi 2

Most Purple (2)

Raspberry Pi Camera Kit

Bring Toastmasters Out of the Stone Age (4)

Canakit Raspberry Pi or Lillypad

Illinois Award (4)

Raspeberry Pi 2, Arduino, or Canakit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Any team can participate by submitting a challenge for consideration.  Must be an eligible student with an active student id card upon check-in, registered with Huskie Hack 2015, and in a team of no more than four individuals.

Requirements

Hackers are to provide a complete package with a description of the project and the following:

Sector submitting under

Title

Name of Challenge

Purpose

And then sell it!

Should include specific code information, API or open data sources accessed, and any particular challenges encountered during the construction of the project.

 

Judges

Nicholas Karonis

Nicholas Karonis
NIU Computer Science Chair

Mike Papka

Mike Papka
Computer Science Department

John Winans

John Winans
Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships

Stephen Haliczer

Stephen Haliczer
Division of Information Technology

Herb Kuryliw

Herb Kuryliw
Division of Information Technology

Brett Coryell

Brett Coryell
Northern Illinois University Chief Information Officer

Drew Bjerken

Drew Bjerken
Northern Illinois University Chief Information Security Officer

Dr. Gary Chen, ISYE

Dr. Gary Chen, ISYE
College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Dr. Ji-Chul Ryu, MEE

Dr. Ji-Chul Ryu, MEE
College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Dr. Michael Haji-Sheikh

Dr. Michael Haji-Sheikh
College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Alicia Schatteman

Alicia Schatteman
Northern Illinois University Department of Public Affairs

Diana Robinson

Diana Robinson
Northern Illinois University, Director of the Center for Governmental Studies

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    How new is this idea? This could be a radical innovation or a meaningful new take on an existing product or service.  
  • Impact
    Does the app have the ability to make its users’ lives better, for example by helping them save more, make better financial decisions, or reduce debt?
  • Design
    How easy is the app to use? How does the app look?