HackRice 8

September 14 - 16, 2018
Rice Memorial Center
Rice University

~$ HackRice is for

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.

Hosted by the Rice Computer Science Club.

Judging Criteria

what we're looking for

Technical Difficulty

We are looking for technically advanced solutions to technically challenging problems that make use of hardware and API's. That being said, if you can solve a technically challenging problem with a simple solution, we will be very impressed!


We are looking for original ideas or new angles on existing ideas.

Design & Polish

We are looking for aesthetically pleasing projects with smooth and clear user experience.

Practicality & Usefulness

We are looking for socially good projects that people would use.

Essential Info

event at a glance


36 Hours
400 Hackers
5 Hackers Per Team
Top-notch mentors, workshops, and prizes


Event page


Coming soon!


Rice Memorial Center
Houston, Texas 77005

Campus Map


for the inquisitive

Who is eligible for HackRice?

Any current student over the age of 18 is eligible to apply to HackRice. Since we are an MLH member event, participants must also accept the MLH Code of Conduct.

Will my travel be reimbursed?

Yes! We'll be providing travel reimbursements for all visiting hackers. Click here for details.

Will there be prizes?

We will have prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, as well as a best hardware hack, and many other company sponsored prizes.

Will there be free food?

Yes! We will provide catered meals during the day along with snacks and free caffeine through the night to keep you going.

What are the acceptance criteria?

Rice students and alumni are guaranteed acceptance. For Non-Rice students, we ask for their previous hackathon and coding experiences, so that we can invite people who have demonstrated interest and skill. The admission process will be competitive and rolling! We also will take into account people who have never been to a hackathon before, so please apply!

What do I need to bring?

Please bring a student ID so we can verify and register you on-site! You'll also need to bring a computer, whatever software you feel might be necessary for development, sleeping bag, and pillow. We also recommend that you bring power strips for convenience. Teammates are free to share equipment with each other.

What if I'm not very experienced?

We will try our best to point people in the right direction and use tools and languages that allow rapid development with the least amount of frustration. There will also be upperclassmen participating in the hackathon who can help you out. Furthermore, you can look up tutorials and sample code online. We will also be having workshops the week before the hackathon!

Can Rice alumni attend?

Rice alumni are eligible to attend the event to hack or mentor other students, but alumni submissions will not be eligible for prizes. We will not be able to reimburse alumni for travel.

What about teams?

You don't have to form a team before the event, or at all. At the start of the event, we will provide plenty of time to break out and form a new one if you choose to. Teams will be limited to 5 members.

What external sources can I use?

Third party libraries and APIs are permitted if they are publicly available and free to use. A brief collection of some commonly-used resources is available here.

Do I need to stay the whole time?

Nope, we are not a lock-in. We realize that 36 hours is a long time, and that some people might have other commitments during that time. Feel free to stay and leave as you choose. However, we would prefer that people stay to promote the environment.

More Info Coming Soon!

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