WHACK is where students from all backgrounds can come together into Wellesley's community and create something.

WHACK is Wellesley’s annual hackathon. A hackathon is a grand gathering of people who build tech projects in teams. They think out of the box, learn new technologies, ask questions, make mistakes, discover new languages, and have fun! You’ll enjoy a weekend of awesome tech, food, swag, prizes, workshops, and mini-events while learning from distinguished speakers, inspiring mentors, and peers from over 35 different colleges. We consider WHACK a success if you make new connections and gain skills that will stay with you long after WHACK is over.
Hope to see you there! 

Got to https://wellesleyhacks.org/ for more info!

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Prizes

$2,800 in prizes

Best WHACK Hack sponsored by Fidelity Investments

Overall best project in WHACK. Winners each get Apple TVs and Bose headphones

Max number of teammates eligible is 4

Best Beginner

Best project by a team with at least one member who is attending their first hackathon.
Winners each receive WONDERBOOM bluetooth waterproof speakers.
Max number of teammates eligible is 4

Crowd Favorite

WHACK hackers will vote based off of Devpost Submissions and the project expo and vote for their favorite project using Public Voting on Devpost.
Winners each receive a mystery prize worth about $175
Max number of teammates eligible is 4

MassCEC Best Clean Transportation Hack

Best project made for clean transportation. Monetary prize awarded by MassCEC representatives.
Winning Team receives $1000.

Wayfair Best Use of 3D API

Prize: Oculus goggles. https://tech.wayfair.com/2016/10/wayfairs-3d-model-api/

Kensho/WHACK Case Study

THE TASK: Given information about a company’s stock price, create an application that gives insight to that data. This can be in whatever form you think is best, e.g. a website with charts, a website with tables of statistics, or even a command line utility.
INSPIRATION: If you’re not sure what to do with this data, consider trying one of these:
- Identify the most interesting stocks each day, based on outliers
- Improve on the price history chart or another part of Google Finance’s overview page
( https://finance.google.com/finance?q=AMZN )
- Create an app to help a user track stocks they’re interested in
SPONSOR PRIZE: The winning team members each receive a pair of Beats headphones
RESOURCES:
- https://www.quandl.com/tools/api - API with timeseries datasets for stock prices
- https://github.com/kensho-technologies/orama - The charts that power Kensho’s website

Best Use of Authorize.net

Use Authorize.Net’s payment solutions (API, SDK, etc.) in your project. Each winning team member will receive an L20 Gaming Headset.

Snap Kit Weekly Challenge

Use Snap Kit in your hack. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend and top entries will be reviewed by Snap engineers. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat.

Devpost submission will be used to judge this prize. This weekly challenge is judged across every MLH member event this weekend.

Best Chat Bot using Botkit & Cisco Webex Teams

Use the Botkit SDK (https://botkit.ai/) to develop a chat bot that runs on the Cisco Webex Teams platform. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend. Each member of the winning team will receive a power bank.

Devpost submission will be used to judge this prize. This weekly challenge is judged across every MLH member event this weekend.

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Use Google Cloud Platform in your hack. Find a full list of GCP products & services at: https://cloud.google.com/products/. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini, max 4 per team.

Best use of Algolia API

Use Algolia's search API in your project. Each winning team member will receive a Casio Calculator Watch.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit.

Best use of HERE.com

Use HERE.com's mapping API or SDK in your project.

Best IoT Hack using a Qualcomm Device

Use a Qualcomm device, like the Dragonboard 410C, in your IoT project. Each winning team member will receive their own DragonBoard 410C.

Best use of Clarifai's API

Use Clarifai's image or video recognition API or SDK in your project. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend.

Devpost submission will be used to judge this prize. This weekly challenge is judged across every MLH member event this weekend.

Best Social Good Hack

Demo a project that makes the world a better place through social good. One winning team will be selected from all MLH Member Events each weekend.

Devpost submission will be used to judge this prize. This weekly challenge is judged across every MLH member event this weekend.

Coding It Forward Social Impact Challenge

Awarded to the best project focused on social impact. Winning team receives $500.

Best Use of OneDB

https://one-db.org/ Each winner gets an amazon gift card.

Eligibility

You must be a high school or undergraduate college student to attend as a hacker. 

Requirements

You must have a resume attached to your registration. We will be sharing participants' resumes with select sponsors.

Judges

Wendy Wellesley

Wendy Wellesley

Judging Criteria

  • Presentation
    Make sure to describe what technologies you used, what challenges you faced, and why you are passionate about your project. You are pitching this project! Make it sound incredible!