A creative invention marathon! HackTheOzarks is designed to be a beginner-friendly hackathon for students.

A hackathon is an event that gathers programmers, computer information technologists, graphics designers, builders, and creative people with different abilities to "hack" and create a project in a limited amount of time.

We want to encourage students in all fields of study to come together to build real world applications that create positive change. The ultimate goal behind this hackathon is to include, not only the engineering and computer science students, but all talented individuals from all backgrounds to collaborate, create, and bring ideas to life. We want you to shoot for the stars.

Students will form teams to work on their project (or 'hack') for 24 straight hours. Projects are open format, which means that you can hack on web, mobile, desktop, or hardware applications. Company mentors will be available throughout the event for questions to make sure beginners and experts alike will have the help they need to successfully develop their project. All teams will demo their hacks at the end of the event and winners will be chosen by company mentors.

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Prizes

$400 in prizes

Best Hardware/IoT Entry

Best Native App (Mobile or Desktop) Entry

Best HTML5 Web Entry

Best use of an API Entry

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Only students who are 16 years of age or older and currently enrolled at a high school, homeschool, college/university or have graduated within the past 12 months are eligible to attend.

Judges

Jason Sartin

Jason Sartin
Quality Assurance Developer / O'Reilly Auto Parts

Mark Kaffenberger

Mark Kaffenberger
Software Engineer / Change Healthcare

Michael Ford

Michael Ford
Software Engineer / Change Healthcare

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be more about how good the human-computer interaction is
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?