MadHacks is a new kind of hackathon: where the winners are chosen by the hackers, and the sponsors feel like they are right in the middle of the hacker community itself.

Unlike other hackathons, MadHacks is going to be putting emphasis on the wacky, the original, and the downright impossible! Like the mad geniuses, tinkerers, makers, and designers preceding us, we want to test our boundaries like never before! We're reaching out to the highly dedicated risk-takers, the envelope pushers, and the daredevils. We hope to produce a new kind of hackathon: where the winners are chosen by the hackers, and the sponsors feel like they are right in the middle of the hacker community itself — rather than on the outside looking in.

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Eligibility

  • Participants must be 18 or older and students at a post-secondary educational institutuon
  • Participants must be registered as attendees at MadHacks during registration on April 18
  • Teams may be 1-4 hackers

Requirements

Your hack will be judged by other MadHacks participants and sponsors based on your pitch at the tech expo on Sunday afternoon and your ChallengePost submission-- so make it count. Your submission should include

  • A 'functional' prototype of your application
  • A demonstration video showing your hack in action
  • Screenshots
  • An explanation of your hack-- why did you choose this project to build?

How to enter

  • In order to submit a hack, you must apply and be accepted to MadHacks, and in attendance and registered at the hackathon
  • Submissions must include at least a picture or screenshot of your hack and a description of your hack

Judges

You - MadHacks participants choose the winners!

You - MadHacks participants choose the winners!

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    A winning hack should be original, break new ground, push the envelope of what is possible-- does this hack use all of the capabilities of its hardware/software? Does this hack add features that didn't exist before?
  • Creativity/Style Points
    Is the hack a unique solution to a problem? Is the problem being solved itself an exercise in creativity? When you look at this hack, does it have a style all its own? Does this hack do what it does in an elegant way?
  • Wackiness
    Ignore for a moment how this hack would fare in the marketplace-- does it make you say "Wow, hey, come here and check this out?" Is it something that you'd never have thought of doing? Does it make you shake your head in amazement?