HackRice 7

September 22 - 24, 2017
Rice Memorial Center
Rice University

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success!

Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

~$ 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.

New at HackRice 7

it'll be lit


If you’re a first-timer, HackRice is the perfect Hackathon for you! This year, we’ll be presenting a special “First-Time Hacker Only” prize for first-time individuals, or teams totally comprised of first-timers. If you’re coming without a team but looking to join one, we also host a team formation meetup at the start of the hacking period. This year, we’re also offering “tracks” that provide structure and project ideas so you won’t get stuck in the initial idea phase if you’ve never hacked before!


Tracks are designed to provide structure for people who might not have a perfectly clear project idea. There are five tracks:
(1) Data Science, (2) Environment/Transportation, (3) Design, (4) Healthcare, and (5) Hardware.
Each track includes an open-ended prompt related to the category, a list of potential solutions, and code of one partial sample solution. We’ll also have dedicated staff members who will help answer questions about tracks or hash out potential development ideas.
To learn more about tracks, check out the section below.


Healthcare and computer science are becoming more interwoven every year, and at this HackRice we want you to explore what’s happening at the junction between CS and health. More healthcare-related sponsor companies will be at HackRice this year than in any previous year. We’re working with different groups in the Texas Medical Center to make sure hackers can explore the cutting edge of new health technology at HackRice 7.


UI/UX design is often neglected at time-sensitive hackathons like HackRice, but this year we’ve included special prizes for best UI/UX design that are intended to encourage hackers to explore user interaction with their applications. Designers are welcome at HackRice, and we want teams to focus on having a well rounded application, rather than a complete back-end and unusable interface.

More About Tracks

a guiding light

  Design Tracks

An essential element of modern software development is design, but unfortunately at hackathons design is often neglected for the sake of completing a functioning back end within tight time constraints. This year at HackRice, you’ll have the option to work on a User Interface design project, and be judged on the merit of your design rather than the backend functionality. We’re looking for innovative and creative user interfaces that rethink interaction between people and software across all platforms. See the Design Track for more details.

  Healthcare Tracks

Healthcare and technology go hand in hand. Right now, some of the most exciting developments in healthcare are driven by innovations in technology, such as machine learning illness diagnosis, improved patient compliance, and new medical records technology.
Working with Texas Children’s Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, along with Mark III Systems, we have gathered serious challenges currently faced by healthcare experts to challenge you during HackRice. See the Healthcare Track for more details.

  Data Science Track

With paintings selling for hundreds of millions of dollars, telling real paintings from forgeries is a high-stakes business. This year at HackRice, you’ll have the option to work on a computer vision task, and be judged on your model’s ability to tell whether two paintings were painted by the same artist. In order to perform well in this task you’ll need to leverage recent advances in the field of computer vision as well as your own ingenuity and creativity.

  To be announced

More coming soon!

Essential Info

event at a glance


36 Hours
300+ Hackers
Top-notch mentors, workshops, and prizes


4:00PM - 6:00PM
Friday, September 22, 2017


Event page


Rice Memorial Center
Houston, Texas 77005

Campus Map


what to do, and when

friday, sept. 22
event time location
Check-in + Sponsor Booth Visits 4 - 6 pm Grand Hall
Opening Ceremony 6 - 7:30 pm Grand Hall
Dinner + Team Formation 7:30 pm - 8 pm Farnsworth/Grand Hall
Hacking Begins 8 pm everywhere!

saturday, sept. 23
event time location
Breakfast 8 - 9 am Farnsworth
Lunch 12 - 1 pm Farnsworth
!Light presented by MLH 4 - 5 pm Farnsworth
Dinner 6 - 7 pm Farnsworth

sunday, sept. 24
event time location
Hacking Ends 9 am everywhere!
Submission Deadline 9 am Devpost
Brunch 9 - 10 am (open until 1 pm) Farnsworth
First Round Judging 10 am - 1 pm Grand Hall
Final Round Judging and Deliberations 1 - 2 pm Grand Hall
Closing Ceremony and Awards 2 - 3 pm Grand Hall


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. This year, we're also offering first-time hacker and best UI/UX design prizes! For a list of available prizes, please visit our Devpost or check out our prizes page.

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. To register as an alumnus please fill out our alumni application.

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.


you complete us

Sponsors help support every aspect of HackRice. Contributions from sponsors go towards the costs of space rentals, food, t-shirts, transportation, staffing expenses, and many, many other things that make a hackathon successful and exciting. Being a HackRice sponsor allows you to reach out to talented students looking to innovate and build awesome projects. Sponsors can get involved at many levels, check out our sponsorship packet or shoot us an email to find out how you can be a part of our greatest hackathon yet!

Want to become a sponsor?

Sponsorship Packet  /  sponsor@hackrice.com

This Year's Sponsors

Event Sponsor

HackRice 7 is now over!
See you next year :)