HackRice 7

September 22 - 24, 2017
Rice Memorial Center
Rice University

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

  First-Timers


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


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.

  Healthcare


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.

  Design


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.

Essential Info

event at a glance

Logistics

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

Check-In

5:00PM - 7:00PM
Friday, September 22, 2017

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Location

Rice Memorial Center
Houston, Texas 77005


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Schedule

what to do, and when

Coming soon!

FAQ

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 a 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!

What external sources can I use?

Third party libraries and APIs are permitted if they are publicly available and free to use.

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.

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.

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.

Sponsors

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



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