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

View full rules

Prizes

$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!
https://goo.gl/33QPrB

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!
https://goo.gl/esrYRa

Altria (2)

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

CarMax

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

Octo

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

Snagajob

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.
Prize: $150

Verscend Technologies

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

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Eligibility

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!

Judges

Ian Tyndall

Ian Tyndall
Altria

Victor Wu
GitLab

Rodger Stuffel
C2 Technologies

Michael Ghaffari
UNOS

Chris Lumpkin

Chris Lumpkin
Ippon

Vicoria Barnes

Vicoria Barnes
Seeking EDU

David Holman

David Holman
Snagajob

Lee Patterson
Vercend Technologies

Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison
CoStar

Chris Wash

Chris Wash
CapTech Consulting

Robert Dahlberg

Robert Dahlberg
Vicom Infinity, Inc & Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project Linux

Trent Park

Trent Park
WorldView Solutions

Rahul Tapadiya

Rahul Tapadiya
Authentic

Dohn Guyer

Dohn Guyer
CarMax

Sumit Dang

Sumit Dang
Octo Consulting

Sean Jepson

Sean Jepson
Capital One

Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison
CoStar

Sean Jepson

Sean Jepson
Capital One

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    How creative is the hack?
  • Difficulty
    How technically difficult is the hack?
  • Buisness Viability
    How viable is the hack as a product?