YHack 2015 is the third iteration of Yale's premiere hackathon. For 36 hours, 1500 of the best hackers will converge at Yale University to compete for over $15,000 in prizes.

YHack is a national hackathon hosted by and at Yale University. Join over 1500 undergraduate and high school students for a weekend of hacking. It's the perfect opportunity to meet and learn from other like-minded hackers, all the while honing your own skills. Create a mobile app to stop world hunger, learn the hottest new javascript frameworks, implement a hardware hack that revolutionizes the wearables industry... or just do something for the lulz.

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Prizes

$14,650 in prizes

Best Resume Parser & Scorer (Merrit|Edge)

Apple Watch for each team member

Best Use of Beaker (2 Sigma) (2)

$1000 + 2 Sigma Swag

Best Use of Microsoft APIs (2)

Surface Pro 3 for each team member

Best Use of Fiscal Note

GoPro for each team member

Best Use of PayPal, Braintree, or Venmo

Star Wars Sphero BB8

Best Use of Hewlett Packard Developer API (Grand Prize)

GoPro for each team member

Best Use of Hewlett Packard Developer API (2nd place)

Mystery Prize

Flight Data API - Grand Prize (JetBlue)

Vacation Package to anywhere JetBlue flies. 2 hotel rooms + 4 plane tickets, 4 nights

Flight Data API - Honorable Mention (JetBlue)

4 plane tickets (round-trip) to anywhere JetBlue flies

Infinite Scroll Challenge - Grand Prize (JetBlue)

Vacation Package to anywhere JetBlue flies. 2 hotel rooms + 4 plane tickets, 4 nights

Infinite Scroll Challenge - Honorable Mention (JetBlue)

4 plane tickets (round-trip) to anywhere JetBlue flies

Jet Blue Honorable Extra Credit (2)

Best Healthcare Hack (Oscar)

Fitbit for each team member

Best Use of Edison (Intel) (2)

Intel Tablet per team member

Best Use of Priceline API

$500 hotel voucher per team member

Best Use of MongoDB

Amazon Gift Cards, Mongo DB Swag, chance to win trip for 4 to NYC for mongodb world 2016

Best Use of NLU (Natural Language Understanding) API

$200 Amazon Gift Card

Best Use of Speech (Nuance)

$200 Amazon Gift Card

Innovative Use of Speech (Runner Up) Nuance

2 Raspberry Pis

USAA - Best solution that meets a need of a US Military service member, a veteran or their families.

DJI Phantom 3 Standard per team member

Best application with source code smaller than 4k bytes (Datto)

$250 Amazon Gift Card

Best Use of Facebook API

$500 Amazon Gift Card for the team + Round trip flights and hotel to Menlo Park for the Facebook Hackathon Finals for each team member

Best Use of Oculus VR

DK2 per team member

Best project in service of a charitable cause or humanitarian effort (Bloomberg)

newegg.com giftcards

GRAND PRIZE

$3000 cash, Gunnar Glasses per team member, Estimote iBeacon Kit per team member, Pebble Steel per team member

SECOND PLACE

$2000 cash

THIRD PLACE

$1000 cash

Best Use of Yale API (Yale ITS)

$500 cash

Best Cultural Heritage Hack (Yale Institute of Cultural Heritage) (2)

$1000 cash

FINRA Challenge 1

$1000 cash

FINRA Challenge 2

$1000 cash

FINRA Challenge 3

$1000 cash

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

  • Teams must consist of no more than four people
  • The hack must be created in full during the hacking period
  • Remote submissions will not be accepted

How to enter

To submit, please send details of the hack as well asĀ images of the hack. Live links and video are highly encouraged!

Judges

Kyle Jensen

Kyle Jensen
Associate Director, Yale SOM

Joe Dennis

Joe Dennis
Intuit

Joshua Drew

Joshua Drew
Microsoft

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    We like hacks that define and remedy problems in a way that we've never seen before.
  • Technical Difficulty
    The project will be judged on how technical it was to implement.
  • Overall Impression
    What you thought about this project in relation to the others.