THE MOST EPIC UNIVERSITY HACKATHON RETURNS

On MLK weekend 2014, MHacks III is going to redefine what a hackathon can be. MHacks isn't just for hardcore programmers. It's not just about competing. It isn't about energy-drink-enabled sleep deprivation. It isn't about starting a viable business. MHacks is for creators. It's for those of you who see problems and want to tackle them, using existing skills, and augmenting them with the skills of those around you. MHacks III will be the best place to do that, and we can't wait to see what you make of it.

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Prizes

$12,750 in prizes

Grand Prize

Presented by Quicken Loans & Opportunity Detroit to the best overall hack.

Most Technically Impressive Hack

Andreessen Horowitz is looking for the team who can blow them out of the water with their programming skills.

Best iOS App

iPad minis w/ Retina Display and 128GB of storage will go to the best iOS app at MHacks courtesy of Apple.

Bloomberg Prize

Presented to the hack with the best use of the Bloomberg Open API.

Best Mobile App

Yahoo is giving $1,000 to the best mobile app developed at MHacks.

Best Hack-in-Dash

ADP is looking for the best application which can be used in the dashboard of the car which ties the owner to the dealership in some way from an info/data perspective.

Apigee Prize

Best Evernote Hack

Evernote is dishing out Nexus 7s and 1 year of Evernote Premium to the hack makes the best use of the Evernote API

Best SendGrid Hack

Presented to the hack with the best use of the SendGrid API

Best QuickPrints Hack

Walgreens is dishing out $500 for the hack with the best use of their QuickPrints API or SDK

Best Lob Hack

iPad Minis awarded for the hack with the best use of the Lob API.

NEST Labs Prize

Most Viable Start-up

Newbble is looking to award 10 hours of mentorship to the hack with the most potential for success.

Most Creative Data Visualisation

Optiver is looking for the team that comes up with an ingenious way to display data.

Impact & Innovation Prize

The winner(s) will display high character in their actions and develop a unique solution that aligns with our mission:
Revitalize American cities through entrepreneurship
Enable our best and brightest to create new opportunities for themselves and others
Restore the culture of achievement to include value-creation, risk and reward, and the common good
The solution potentially meets a variety of social needs, including: working conditions, education, community development and other activities that extend and strengthen civil society.

Best Weather Hack

Weather Underground is giving out $1,000 to the best weather hack.

Best App W/ Mashery (2)

Google Nexus 7 tablets for each team member (up to 4) for Best App built using Mashery API Network - dev.mashery.com/apis

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Teams can be anywhere from one to four people. If you don't yet have a team and want to be part of one, use the Facebook event page of MHacks III to find those who need your skills (or have the skills you want).

What can I make?

Anything. As long as it doesn't break any laws or our rules.

Requirements

  • Submissions must list all team members

  • Upload screen shots showing your hack

  • Remember to select all API prizes you want to be considered for. Check the prizes list to ensure you are eligible.

How to enter

- All teammates create a ChallengePost account

- Assign all teammates to a draft submission

- Make your app (any platform is accepted)

- Produce your screenshots and/or video demo (posted on Youtube or Vimeo)

- Submit your app

- Attend the demo fair

- Wait for judging announcements and final demos

Judges

MHacks Judging Panel

MHacks Judging Panel

Judging Criteria

  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Polish / Design
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?