WiCHacks is a women and gender-minorities 24-hour hackathon hosted by Women in Computing at RIT. A hackathon is a collaborative programming event in which participants create an app, website, game, or other piece of software over the course of the event.
This event is open to all skill levels: from individuals who haven't programmed at all, to the best programmers out there, it will be a great day to learn, invent, and create the future!
Hackathon participants must be a woman or gender minoritiy identifying student currently enrolled at a college/university and are 18 years or older.
What to Build
Anything you would like to! We leave it up to you, with a wide variety of categories for you to submit your project to!
What to Submit
If you're an online hacker, make sure to submit up to a 3 minute video explaining your hack and showing it off! This will be how you are judged!
$13,600 in prizes
WiC: Best Digital Humanities Hack
The best project that focuses on social issues/improvement/awareness/education using technology.
[PRIZE]: Govee Glide Hexa Light Panels, RGBIC LED Hexagon Wall Lights (12 pack), MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interviews + MLH Winner Pins for each team member (max of 4 prizes).
WiC: Innovation that Excites Hack
The creation of something new/never before seen!
[PRIZE]: Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC700BT Wireless Noise Cancelling Over-the-Ear Headphones, Echo Dot 5th Generation, and MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interviews + MLH Winner Pins for each team member (max of 4 prizes).
WiC: Best UI/UX Hack
Best UI/UX project with an emphasis on inclusivity/accessibility.
[PRIZE]: Portable Travel Laptop Monitor, One by Wacom Small Tablet, and MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interviews + MLH Winner Pins for each team member (max of 4 prizes).
WiC: Best Game Hack
Who doesn't love games?
[PRIZE]: Gaming Chair Office Chair and MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interviews + MLH Winner Pins for each team member (max of 4 prizes).
WiC: Wacky Happy Hack
Hackathons are about enjoying yourself! The best fun, silly project about something you enjoy.
[PRIZE]: HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer with 50 film, Wireless Keyboard, and MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interviews + MLH Winner Pins for each team member (max of 4 prizes).
WiC: Best Women and Gender Hack
The best hack that promotes women and gender minorities.
[PRIZE]: Woobles Beginner Crochet Amigurumi Kit, Lego Orchid Kit, a Mini Projector, and MLH Fellowship Fast Track Interviews + MLH Winner Pins for each team member (max of 4 prizes).
WiC: Failure to Launch
The best hack that didn't happen to work out in the end.
[PRIZE]: Tile Mate and Fitbit Charge 5 Advanced Fitness/Health Tracker for each team member (max of 4 prizes).
Constellation Brands: Elevate with AI
Build a proof-of-concept project that demonstrates how AI technologies can augment people in positive and meaningful ways.
Tell a story of how your project can make an impact
Show how you can use an innovative technology like AI to bring your solution to life
We love to see working product, showcase any functioning technology you have built!
[PRIZE]: Corona Cooler each team member (max of 4 prizes).
Fidelity: Most Innovative
This award will go to the team that showed exceptional creativity in solving the problem they identified.
[PRIZE]: Arduino Starter Kit for each team member (max 4 prizes).
Brite: Best Use of Scripting
Judging based on the code that they wrote to repetitively execute a task. That could be how they processed data, how they obtained data from another source such as an API, etc.
[PRIZE]: $75 dollar gift card for each team member (max 4 prizes).
M&T Tech: Best UI/UX
[PRIZE]: Oculus VR Quest 2 for each team member (max 4 prizes).
Foundry Digital: Most Innovative ESG-Focused
An innovative technology project that can help support ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) initiatives to drive positive impact. Some examples of areas where technologies have made and/or can make such impact are FinTech, DeFi, Blockchain, AI, Climate Change, Health, Green Energy, Diversity, Gender Equity, Education, Data Security & Privacy, Human Rights, ...
[PRIZE]: $100 gift card for each team member (max 4 prizes).
Waygate Technologies: Best Use of Computer Vision on Live Video
Computer vision can be found in just about every industry today. The same technology that can automatically drive cars or assist with safety operations can also be used to add virtual hats on your head that move as you do. The hack that wins this category will utilize computer vision on a live video feed in the most creative way. To qualify as live video the hack only needs to process a video frame by frame without looking ahead or doing any pre-processing.
[PRIZE]: AirPods 3rd Gen, Carhartt Backpack and Lunch Bag Set (max 4 sets)
MLH: Most Creative Use of Twilio
Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console / Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Get started with $50 in free credit!
MLH: Best Use of Google Cloud
Google Cloud Backpack / 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. Winners will receive a Google Cloud branded backpack!
MLH: Best Domain Name from Domain.com
Domain.com Branded Backpack / Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry. The more creative the domain the better!
MLH: Most Creative Use of GitHub
GitHub Octocat Puzzle & Sticker bundle / GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Most Creative Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!
MLH: Best Use of Appwrite
Fitbit Inspire 2 Tracker / Building a full-stack application can be time consuming, especially if you’re more of a frontend developer or lack experience with things like databases or authentication. At hackathons you want to make every minute count, which is why Appwrite is the missing ingredient to your recipe for a successful hack. With all the core backend functionalities you need already pre built and ready for customization, all you’ll need to do is make an API call to take advantage of an Appwrite database, media storage, user auth, and even custom compute functions. Use Appwrite in your hack this weekend for a chance to take home some Fitbits for you and your team.
Simone Center: Most viable commercial or social hack
Every project has the potential to be used by others. The most viable project award is for those project with the greatest potential to be used and demanded by users. This could be a unique commercial or social project that would attract many users and or customers. There are two tracks in this award. $1,000 will be given to the most viable commercial project. $1,000 will be given to the most viable social project. The same project can apply to both sub-categories. ONLY TEAMS WITH AT LEAST ONE RIT STUDENT CAN SUBMIT TO THIS CATEGORY.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
A set of qualified judges
Judges make the final decision.