Welcome to Beaverhacks Fall 2021

Presented by Oregon State University's Hackathon Club, our quarterly hackathons ("Beaverhacks") gives the OSU community opportunities to learn new skills, build cool stuff, and compete for prizes. We’re beginner-friendly, inclusive of all backgrounds, and focused on fun! This hackathon theme is energy/climate.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 16th - 3:00 PM PST

  • Opening Ceremony Kick-off / Hackathon starts!

Sunday, September 19th - 3:00 PM PST

  • Hacking ends / Project Submission Deadline

Sunday, September 19th - 5:00 PM PST

  • Project Demos / Q&A

Judges' results will be announced week of September 21st.

Registration

We've streamlined our registration process to only registering on DevPost. :) Through DevPost, you are also able to notify other participants that you are looking for a team or have formed a team. If you would like to build your project solo, you will still be asked for a team name upon project submission. (It's more fun!)

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is a hackathon?

  • A hackathon is a competition in which participants build a software and/or hardware project in a fixed amount of time. Typically participants compete in small teams or individually.

What is this hackathon all about?

  • This hackathon exists to give you and other OSU students & alumni the opportunity to build a project over a weekend and compete for prizes. It is meant to be low-pressure, inclusive of everybody, and fun! In this hackathon, you are not required or encouraged to forgo sleep, work, time with your family, or etc to participate. You are encouraged to make the best product you can in the time allotted. You are encouraged to learn and to add skills to your repertoire. And you are encouraged to have a good time doing it!

I am new to coding. Can/Should I still participate?

  • In short, YES! No prior experience is necessary to compete in this event. In fact, there is a separate prize for teams of entirely new students for which you can compete. This event is a great time to learn a new technology or practice one you already know while simultaneously building a project you can showcase on your resume!

What can I make?

  • Anything you can think of! Web apps, mobile apps, websites, slackbots, APIs, command-line programs, games, robots, anything!

More questions? Check out our FAQ.

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$400 in prizes

First Place - Overall

This prize goes to the highest-scoring submission. It is available to all undergraduate teams including new student teams. Graduate and alumni teams are ineligible for this prize. If a new student team wins this prize, they are ineligible for the First Place New Student prize.

Second Place - Overall

This prize goes to the second highest-scoring submission. It is available to all undergraduate teams including new student teams. Graduate and alumni teams are ineligible for this prize. If a new student team wins this prize, they are ineligible for the First Place New Student prize.

Third Place - Overall

This prize goes to the third highest-scoring submission. It is available to all undergraduate teams including new student teams. Graduate and alumni teams are ineligible for this prize. If a new student team wins this prize, they are ineligible for the First Place New Student prize.

First Place - New Student

This award goes to the highest-scoring new student team. New student teams that won any of the "Overall" prizes are ineligible for this prize.

First Place - Grad Student/Alumni

All teams with one or more OSU graduate students / alumni on the team are eligible for this category and are ineligible for any monetary prizes offered by this hackathon.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

A completed project submission will include:

  • Link to a video demonstration of the project (screen recording + audio) with a max-duration of 5 minutes. We recommend uploading your video to Youtube (make sure the privacy setting is public or unlisted). 
  • Link to Github repository - the entire commit history must be present
  • Link to repl on Repl.it (only if submitting a console app)
  • Detailed description about your app - this information will help the judges assess and review your work!

Judges

Kailyn Nelson

Kailyn Nelson
UX Manager, Buildable Custom Software

Ralph Bautista

Ralph Bautista
Director of Product, The Princeton Review

Elizabeth Ponce

Elizabeth Ponce
Systems Engineer, Airbnb

Brandon Kurtz

Brandon Kurtz
Client Engineer, Airbnb

Jack Bessey

Jack Bessey
Program Manager, Experience Design, Adobe

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    How technically impressive is the project? (Based on project execution.)
  • User Experience
    How usable is the project? (Based on project execution.)
  • Creativity
    How creative is the project? (Based on the project concept.)
  • Adherence to Theme
    How well does the project fit with the hackathon theme? This should be based entirely on the project's concept.
  • Impact
    How impactful is this project in terms of utility or fun? Does it fill a necessity or provide entertainment?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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