24 hours of caffeine-powered madness

24 hours of hacking and fun at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities! Gather your mightiest hackers (in teams of up to 4) and face each other in glorious hack-based combat. Only the nerdiest (top three teams) will prevail (win top team prizes) in this battle of hacks, so bring your game face and get ready to make something great. Whether it's your first hackathon or your thirtieth, we'relooking forward to seeing what you can create in such a short time.

Get connected with your fellow hackers and get updates from the Minnehack team on our social media:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/minnehackumn

Facebook: http://facebook.com/minnehack

Slack chat: http://minnehack.slack.com

Here's our schedule:

5:00 PM - Doors open, check-in begins

6:00 PM - Keynote Speech, Brad Thompson of Target

6:45 PM - Prompts released, hacking begins

8:00 PM - Mentor area opens

8:30 PM - Dinner

12:00 AM - Mentor area closes

1:00 AM - Late night snacks

2:00 AM - Building closes, exiting restricted*

3:00 AM - Sleeping area opens

8:00 AM - Sleeping area closes, building reopens

8:00 AM - Breakfast

9:00 AM - Mentor area opens

1:00 PM - Mentor area closes

1:00 PM - Lunch

3:00 PM - Pens down, first round of judging begins

4:30 PM - Dinner

5:00 PM - Final round of judging and presentations

6:00 PM - Event ends

 * One of the stipulations of using this space overnight is that we don't let people leave (barring emergencies/etc) when this building is officially closed to the public. If there's significant need, we can let you leave if accompanied by the building manager. Outside of 2:00-8:00 AM though, you're free to come and go as you please.

For those looking to get in contact with our sponsors, please visit http://tinyurl.com/minnehack2015-hackerinfo and fill out your information for the resume drop.

The Target APIs are now open for Minnehack participants! To gain access, use the API key 'Id8SS1KAXuFd2W7R60XC5AUTTGKbnU2U', sans quotes.

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Eligibility

Minnehack is open to all current college students.

Requirements

Since there's a section of our grading rubric dedicated to prompt points, in order to place well you need to make sure that your idea aligns (at least roughly) with one of our prompts. You'll need to be able to articulate to our judges just how your project aligns with a prompt. 

The prompts are as follows:

Automation: Computing is all about automation, our usage here is a bit restricted. Home automation is a prime example of what we're looking for; the automation of tasks that would otherwise be done by people, with a wide range of applications so that an average person could benefit from it.
Health / Accessibility: Do you see a health issue that some clever tech could help with? With all of the health issues facing society today, there are many opportunities to improve the lives of many people. Helping people access all of our resources will do wonders to improve the lives of average people.
Sustainability: With all of the environmental issues facing the world today, there are many opportunities to improve how we treat the environment and work with people to ensure future stability in everything we do.

If you're concerned about whether or not your idea aligns well with the prompts, feel free to ask anyone at our contact desk for input.

How to enter

Registration has already closed - walk-ins are accepted if we're below the occupancy cap for the Great Hall.

Judges

An awesome panel of judges!

An awesome panel of judges!

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity / Innovation
    Does this project present new ideas or constitute a novel approach to problems?
  • Ease of use / Presentation
    Polish isn't everything, but it is important. Is the project designed well, and does it look nice? Do all of the parts flow together logically?
  • Prompt Points
    How well does the project apply to one of the official prompts? This should be pretty clear cut - our prompts have been designed to be fairly open-ended, and it shouldn't be difficult to get all of the points here.
  • Usefulness / Impact
    What goals or issues does your project aim to address? How well does your project address these goals? In order to score well here, your project should be well-justified, effective, and target nontrivial problems or goals.