HackRice is Rice University's annual hackathon event. Participants trade their sleep for a weekend and join a team to create a project - typically software - in an environment optimized for creativity. At the end of the event, the participants demonstrate their projects to fellow hackers, visitors, and a panel of judges. The event is hosted by the Rice Computer Science Club.

Learn more at http://hack.rice.edu/.

Hackathon Sponsors


$10,880 in prizes

1st Place

Dell P2415Q 24-Inch 4k Monitor for each member of the winning team

2nd Place

16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab for each member of the winning team

3rd Place

Google Home and Chromecast Ultra for each member of the winning team

Best Data Science Track Project

PNY Elite 240GB Portable SSD for each member of the winning team

Best Design Track Project

12-month Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription for each member of the winning team

Texas Childrens' Hospital: Best Healthcare Track Project - Patient Engagement

Team members receive Timbuk2 Parkside Laptop Backpacks

Texas Childrens' Hospital: Best Healthcare Track Project - Disease Management

Team members receive Losei Dual Wireless Earbuds V4.1

MLH: Best Domain Name Registered with Domain.com

Team members receive Raspberry Pi/PiHut essential kit

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Capital One: Best FinTech Hack

Team members receive $200 Amazon Giftcards

LILIE: Hurricane Harvey Track

Team members receive Bose Quiet Comfort Bluetooth Headphones

Two Sigma: Best Use of Data Science

IBM: Best Use of IBM Watson BlueMix API

Team members receive Apple Watches

Microsoft: Best Use of Microsoft Azure that Empowers Individuals or Groups to Achieve More

Team members receive $75 in Azure credit

BlueChasm: Collaboration with Texas Childrens' - Caregiver - Computer Interactions (3)

Team members receive Amazon Echo Dots

BlueChasm: Sci-Fi Technology

Team members receive Code & Quill Monolith nodebooks and rOtring mechanical pencils

HBK: Best Hack Involving a Financial Transaction (Bonus for Digital Currency)

Team members will receive Beats by Dre

Indeed: Most Artistic Project (2)

Team members receive Amazon giftcards

ForeFlight: Track Log Analysis

ForeFlight is devoted to giving pilots the best possible mobile flight planning tools. Earlier this week, one of our developers used our iOS application to record a flight that he took around the Houston area. The data is available for free on GitHub. Your challenge is to take our flight data and reconstruct the flight. Then, display the flight data or analyze it in a unique way. Can you browse the flight from your desk using augmented reality? Replay the flight from the pilot's perspective using virtual reality? Can you analyze the data to detect takeoff, landing, climb, or descent? What about 360º turns, loops, or crashes? Show us your best and win Apple Store gift cards for you and your team. Check out our repository to download the data and sample project:

JPMorgan Chase & Co.: Best Hack for Disaster Response Using Social Media Data (2)

Team members receive Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speakers

PROS: Product Recommendations

Team members receive drones

Facebook: Community Building Award

Facebook will sponsor a Community Building Award to the team whose hack helps bring people together and build communities. For details, please see https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/building-global-community/10154544292806634. Members of the winning team will get solar backpacks mailed to them.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Confirmed HackRice 7 attendees may make a Devpost submission. Submissions should be one per project. Alumni may also submit a submission, but it will not be eligible for judging and prizes.


The following items will be expected for the submission:
  • Team members, including contact information.
  • Application name and its description and purpose.
  • A 2 minutes max video demonstrating the hack can be helpful, but is not required.
  • URL to live demo of the application if applicable.




Judging Criteria

  • Innovation and Creativity
    Have you seen a project like this before? How innovative is the solution?
  • Technical Complexity
    How technically impressive is the project?
  • Impact/Potential
    Does this project have important implications? Would this project be used outside the hackathon?
  • Polish
    How refined is the idea, UI, and overall presentation?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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