Here's some information about the prizes we'll be offering at the event!
Hack (for) The Planet
Big enough to save the world from the climate crisis, the seas from pollution, or any of the issues we’re facing. Your product can help raise awareness about energy usage, advocate for public transport or recycling, or any other topic that impacts our planet. True change requires everyone to be on board, so the product should be as user-friendly as possible!
Most Entertaining Hack
Your product is positively brimming with amusement and charm. It isn’t necessarily a game, as long as it creates an enjoyable experience. While bugs and glitches can sometimes be funny, we don’t want to laugh at incompleteness, so you’ll need quality along with your entertainment!
We don’t actually know what you should make for this award, since it’ll be voted for by your fellow attendees. Perhaps you can build a cool toolset to improve their productivity, or appeal to their fun side with a witty pitch. Think about a product you’d like to see made by another team - chances are your result will be appreciated by others too!
Most Inventive Hack
Your team’s not just thinking outside the box - they’re thinking outside the whole building. Your product might solve a problem we didn’t even know we had, in a way we didn’t even know could be done. You could utilize new technologies, or apply your avant-garde ideas to established workflows - as long as it’s remarkable!
Most Stylish Hack
24 hours doesn’t give much opportunity to make a well-polished interface, but this product made time for it, and more. Your product is intuitive and responsive, and has a generally good-looking design. It’s hard to convey all this in an elevator pitch, so try and get a working demo for people to try out!
Hack for Social Good
Your product takes an innovative stance to solve a problem for society - be it education, healthcare, social media, or anything else you think could be improved. The product could help charities accomplish their goals, raise awareness of misinformation, or evolve the public political discourse. Accessibility is vital if you want widespread use of your product!
For this award, your project takes on an ambitious challenge, and just about pulls it off. You could mix a handful of tools together, use APIs in unexpected ways, or partake in other dubious acts to get your idea off the ground. Many powerful projects rely on other technologies, and your team’s masterful at getting them to work together.
Some of our sponsors are offering prizes for their own challenges at the event:
Best UiPath Automation Hack
Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with high recommendation!
Best Domain Registered with Domain.com
Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend!
Best Use of Google Cloud
Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini.
Best Use of Twilio
Create a hack using Twilio's powerful communications API. Do things like send SMS messages, phone calls, email, and much more in your project. The team that has the best use of Twilio will win a $50 Amazon gift card per team member.
Best Use of Transposit
Only 24 hours to create your project? No problem, Create an app and compose different APIs together with the world's first API composition platform, Transposit. Each winning team member will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.
Cisco Collaboration Challenge
As a leading global electronic market maker that trades on more than 100 exchanges world-wide, it is our daily job to keep financial markets afloat. This is your opportunity to step into our shoes for one weekend and discover what it is like to build cutting-edge technology that powers today’s financial world.
In our workshop, we’ll teach you fundamental market-dynamics, and then, with some basic trading knowledge under your belt, you’re ready to delve into our challenge and find viable strategies that make money. Still sounds difficult? Don't worry, we’ll be on-site and excited to help you!
This is a unique opportunity to get to know our business in a way you otherwise wouldn’t, and win great prizes along the way!
We are looking for a fast, accurate, secure and easy to use voice operated login / Sign up system into our social networking mobile platform.
Be creative / Think 10x simple but 100x more effective / Think out of the box / Create a futuer by not confirming to the consensus of conventional thinking.
Prize: Trophy, Oudi.mobi™ gift bag, Part time employment opportunities while at University (we are flexible around your academic time table) + CASH PRIZE!
Start Me Up
There are many funding options available but small grassroots organisations are rarely notified of them. We think there's a better way. Over to you!
The winning team will get to join our 16-day Bali Startup Bootcamp (worth up to $8,000 for a team of four).
CompSoc: Most Useless Hack
The Oxford University Computer Society wants to empower you to do something no one else has dreamt of, because no one would ever want it. To win Most Useless Hack, you'll need to make something that's utterly useless, and do it in a really cool way.
|10:00||Doors open for participants||Main entrance|
|10:45||Opening ceremony||L1 Lecture Theatre|
|12:45||Cisco workshop||L2 Lecture Theatre|
|13:40||Optiver workshop||L3 Lecture Theatre|
|14:20||Microsoft workshop||L2 Lecture Theatre|
|15:15||Capital One workshop||L3 Lecture Theatre|
|15:40||"Intro to Hardware Hacking" workshop||L2 Lecture Theatre|
|16:20||Cisco project demo||L3 Lecture Theatre|
|16:45||Microsoft project demo||L2 Lecture Theatre|
|17:10||MLH slideshow karaoke||L3 Lecture Theatre|
|20:00||MLH capture the flag||L2 Lecture Theatre|
|13:00||Project demos start||L1 Lecture Theatre|
|16:30||Closing ceremony||L1 Lecture Theatre|
|17:30||Participants take off||-|