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. The event is hosted by the Rice Computer Science Club.

Learn more at http://hack.rice.edu/.



Learn more about eligibility requirements at hack.rice.edu.

Confirmed HackRice 7 attendees may make a Devpost submission. Submissions should be one per project. Alumni may also submit a submission, but it will not be eligible for judging and prizes.



The following items will be expected for the submission:
  • Team members, including contact information.
  • Application name and its description and purpose.
  • A 2 minutes max video demonstrating the hack can be helpful, but is not required.
  • URL to live demo of the application if applicable.

Hackathon Sponsors


$5,702 in prizes

Grand Prize (4)

Juiced Electric Skateboard

2nd Place Prize (4)

Nintendo Switch

3rd Place Prize (4)

Fancy Coffee Maker

First Timers Track

Sunrise Alarm Clock

Data Science Track

Amazon Echo Plus

Design Track (4)

Polaroid Cube

Best use of Algolia

Casio CA-506C-5A Calculator Watch for each team member

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Minis for each team member

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

410C Dragonboard for each team member

Best use of the Cisco Webex Teams API Weekly Challenge

Power banks for each team member

Best use of HERE.com

Hacker gear and swag from HERE.com

Best use of Clarifai’s API Weekly Challenge

Hacker gear from Clarifai for each team member

Snap Kit Weekly Challenge

Spectacles by Snapchat for each team member

Best Social Good Hack from Fidelity Weekly Challenge

$50 Gift Cards from Fidelity for each team member

Best use of Authorize.net

LS20 Gaming Headsets for each team member

Lilie Challenge (4)

Schlumberger Challenge (4)

Chevron Challenge (4)

HBK Challenge

Microsoft Challenge (4)

Capital One Challenge

Indeed Challenge

JP Morgan Challenge

Two Sigma (BEST USE OF DATA SCIENCE) Challenge

Best Use of Data Science

Facebook Challenge (4)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:




Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    We are looking for technically advanced solutions to technically challenging problems that make use of hardware and API's.That being said, if you can solve a technically challenging problem with a simple solution, we will be very impressed!
  • Creativity
    We are looking for original ideas or new angles on existing ideas. For example, using an API in a unique way. We know API's work - we want to see if you can do something new and awesome with them!
  • Design & Polish
    We are looking for aesthetically pleasing projects with smooth and clear user experience.
  • Practicality & Usefulness
    We are looking for socially good projects that people would use. Additionally, we would like to emphasize that we will extensively check to make sure that your project doesn't only work on the cases you demo.

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