VCU's 4th annual Hackathon!
RamHacks is a 24-hour hackathon extravaganza where all are welcome. Yes, that means those with serious coding skills as well as programming newbies. Take the chance to collaboratively design and implement a software and/or hardware application of your choosing.
Are you ready to ignite your hacking spirit in this no-creative-boundaries competition?
Table assignments are here: https://goo.gl/ok3ZzS
$8,778 in prizes
Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS
$250 Amazon Web Services Credit
Best Domain Name from Domain.com
Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit
1st Place Overall
Every team member gets one of these monitors!
2nd Place Overall
Every member of the team gets a Google Home and Chromecast ultra!
3rd Place Overall
Every team member gets one of these Parrot drones!
Develop a BOT with the best use of Cognitive Services.
Prize: Samsung Galaxy VR Headset and Controllers
CapTech Consulting (2)
Prize: $50 Amazon Gift card x 4
Capital One (2)
Best Financial Technology Hack.
Prize: First Place: $200 Amazon Gift Card x 1 Second Place: $100 Amazon Gift card x 4
Best Use of Image Processing and Manipulation.
See "Detailed Challenges Link!" above for more details!
Prize: Echo Dots
C2 Technologies (2)
Aviation Mission Commander
We are looking for ideas and innovative solutions to enable users to have an immersive, virtual experience as an Aviation Mission Commander. This virtual experience will replicate the elements of an operating environment and provide the user the experience of planning and executing an aviation mission.
Your solution can be anything that allows the user to experience a true-to-life aviation mission. The proposed solutions to this innovation challenge should be fairly easy to implement and yield positive user experiences.
Prize: First Place: 2 drones, 2 Echo Dots, and 4 $50 gift cards x 4 Second Place: Echo Dot x 4
Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project - Cryptocurrencies & VR
Cryptocurrencies like BitCoin/Ethereum have become a very popular payment method that can increasingly be used interchangeably with traditional currency. As the CTO of startup, you realize the business opportunity in cryptocurrencies and you decide to create a cryptocurrency exchange.
Over the past decade, online shopping portals have eroded into brick and mortar store profits. Your firm has been contracted to create an innovative solution to enhance and provide a unique experience for shoppers walking through aisles that cannot be found online.
Go to "Detailed Challenges Link!" above for more details!
Prize: $150 check
Business case: Modern users want an improved user experience when finding information on websites. Artificial intelligence assistants like Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant have large implications for finding information quickly and accurately. These tools are becoming generally available to the public in the form of software-as-a-service such as Amazon Lex. The problem of creating Chat Bots using these tools is one of scale. The information is already available on websites, but currently the only way to create a Bot with that dataset is to manually enter in the information.
Challenge: Build an application that programmatically creates a Chat Bot using the Amazon Lex model building API. Octo will provide the Team with a JSON file representing a common website FAQ. The application should use the JSON file and Lex API to programmatically build (non-manual) a Chat Bot where an end user can ask a question and receive the answer.
Prize: Echo Dot
Best use of Conversational UI & Natural Language Processing - Conversational UIs, Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing are revolutionizing how companies and customers are interacting. The Snagajob reward will be for the most innovative usage of these technologies to foster communication and drive transactions between a business and a customer.
Best use of data analysis and data visualization to identify potential fraud or waste.
Data set provided: Go to "Detailed Challenges Link!" above.
Prize: Tour of office and Raspberry Pi
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Attendees must be enrolled in a college or university, and must agree to the MLH Code of Conduct. Are you a UX enthusiast with design on the brain and art in your heart? Maybe you’ve got mad business skills and an entrepreneurial spirit? This event is about so much more than programming, so register!
How to enter
Sight up here!
Vicom Infinity, Inc & Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project Linux
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