36 hour Hackathon at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Bitcamp is a place for exploration. You will have 36 hours to delve into your curiosities, learn something new, and make something awesome. With world-class mentors and hundreds of fellow campers, you’re in for an amazing time. If you’re ready for an adventure, see you by the fire!

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Prizes

$13,090 in prizes

Best Rookie Hack - Bitcamp

Best Hack by a First Time Hacker. You must have at least one first time hacker in your team to be eligible for this prize. Each member of the winning team gets an Amazon Echo Dot (up to 4 members).

Most Humorous Hack - Bitcamp

Make us go teehee! Each member of the winning team gets an Amazon Echo Dot (up to 4 members).

Most Aesthetic UI and UX Hack - Bitcamp

Wow. Each member of the winning team gets an Amazon Echo Dot (up to 4 members).

Best Moonshot Hack - Bitcamp

The most creative, innovate, and imaginative hack that "shoots for the moon." Each member of the winning team gets an Amazon Echo Dot (up to 4 members).

Best X for Y - Bitcamp

Ever thought of making something like AirBnB for Dogs or Uber for Cats? Now is your chance! Each member of the winning team gets an Amazon Echo Dot (up to 4 members).

#HackHarassment

Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bags

Best Philantrophic Hack | Bloomberg

Create a hack that will create better, longer lives for the greatest number of people based on our focus areas- education, arts, health, government innovation, and the environment. Winners will receive Drones for all team members.

Best use of SparkPost

$500 in Amazon or VISA Giftcards divided among your team members.

Biggest Gamechanger - Booz Allen Hamilton

Hack with the largest opportunity to change an existing industry. Winners will receive a $250 Gift card for each team member.

Best Domain (.me) Name - Namecheap

Best domain name registered wins $150 NC Credit

Best use of Intel Edison or Arduino 101 for Health - Intel

Best use of Intel Edison or Arduino 101 that allows people to live healthier lives. Winners get CurieBot Packs from Adafruit for each member of the winning team.

Best Digital Forensics Related Hack - Cipher Tech

Design the best application that pertains in some way to digital forensics. Digital forensics topics include but are not limited to: Data carving\reconstruction\recovery tools, finding specific objects (other than faces) in a large collection of digital images, steganography detection or exploitation, registry or memory artifact analysis, encryption detection, or anything else that could aid investigators who are looking at computers and/or other digital evidence recovered from crime scenes. Visit us at our table for more information. Winning team will receive One Remote BB8 and three $50 gift cards.

Best Use of React JS - Appian

"We will be judging contestants on:
* The cleanness of their UI
* The scale/complexity of their project
* The ""polish"" or lack of bugs
* The amount of React used in the project.
Come talk to us if you want help getting started with, or using React!"
$50 amazon giftcards for each member (up to 4) of the winning team

Best Hack for Air Traffic Control - C2 Technologies (5)

"C2 looking for ideas and innovative solutions to enable people to have an immersive, virtual,experience of air traffic control. This virtual experience will advance the understanding of the environment, physical conditions, ops tempo and technology experienced in air traffic control.
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Your solution can be anything that helps people get the feel for what it's like to experience air traffic control. The proposed solutions to this innovation challenge should be fairly easy to implement and yield positive user experiences.
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Submission Requirements
o Video (Narrated description of your Technology solution (3 min. max)
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Brief Description
o What is your product?
o How will it solve the challenge?
o How is it sustainable?"

1st Prize: 1 x VR Headset + Echo Dot for up to 5 team members
2nd Prize: 1 x 1 TB Hard Drive for up to 5 team members
3rd Prize: 1 x $50 Amazon Gift Card for up to 5 team members

Smart Document Analytics - FINRA

"Documents contain interrelated information. They refer to entities including people, products, companies, government municipalities and time. The court data set cited below can be viewed as a social graph, where the socialization takes place in legal settings between courts, judges and different sides.
What interesting information can you find given either or both document repositories?

Data Set ( A copy on a portable hard-drive will be available at our booth ):
· Public court cases: https://www.courtlistener.com/api/bulk-info/
· Congress bills: https://www.congress.gov/about/data"

Most Creative Work Collaboration - Leidos

There’s always strength in numbers. Here at Leidos we pride ourselves on our collaborative work environment. Leidos employs cutting edge collaborative tools and applications during the full lifecycle of system development, from proposal, to design, to development, and finally to deployment. For this reason, the winner of the 2017 Leidos Challenge will be the team that develops the most creative work collaboration tool to aid in engineering ideation, code development, or system design.

Bose SoundSport in-ear headphones for each team member (up to 4)

Best Use of Capital One's API

Groups will be judged on their creativity, technical ability, and integration with our Nessie API

$300 Amazon Gift Cards to each member of the winning team

Best iOS App - MakeSchool

Blow us away with a cool, innovative app!

$2,000 Make School Scholarships for each team member

Most Creative UX/UI - Viacom

For our challenge, we'd like to see user experiences and interfaces that are not only efficient and elegant, but also innovative. We're looking for the team that thinks outside of the box, with design that impresses us in its uniqueness.

2nd gen Philips Hue Lightstrips and a Hue Bridge for each team member

Lockheed Martin Aircraft Arcade

"3. Criteria:
· Develop an arcade styled game in GUI or HTLM format written in the developers language of choice ( HTML, Java, etc.)
· The game should feature a Lockheed Martin or Sikorsky Helicopter as the aircraft ( Bonus if the player can choose from a list of LM aircrafts to fly) ( Bonus if Testudo is the pilot)
o The students should get an image off of google images or create their own.
· The Player should enter their initials before starting (3 letters)
· The game should have obstacle avoidance similar to Flappy Bird and Helicopter
· The game should have different levels of difficulty based off time played or player selected levels
· The aircraft should be able to “fire” at targets for bonus points in the game (similar to the Asteroid game)
· The game should record the score and post the top ten scores after each round ends
o Bonus if the student can export scores to a google doc and sort usernames by high score
o Bonus if the game is on a network and can be played from multiple computers and or cell phone and tablets.
· Surprise us, add bonus features to this game to make it more robust / even cooler

Gif of Helicopter game for clearer understanding

https://giphy.com/gifs/game-bird-helicopter-14iUq40BqOUrde

Gif of Flappy Bird game for clearer understanding

https://giphy.com/gifs/flappy-bird-euuaA2cwLEUuI"

4 Raspberry Pi (1 per person)

Best Cybersecurity Related Hack - OPIS

Come up with something that protects devices or data effectively and easily. Judging will be on creativity (is it fun or different), usefulness (does this help protect things in a valuable way), and efficiency (how easy is it to use). Bonus points if it is useful in an office setting.

Prize: $$$ (amount TBD)

Credible Challenge

Find the challenge details here: https://goo.gl/vUgmPd . There will be a $20 Starbucks Gift Card for everyone who attempts the challenge.

Best Use of IBM Cognitive & Bluemix - IBM

Leverage the power of cognitive computing and connect your IoT sensors to the the Watson IoT Platform in awe inspiring ways. The IBM Watson Cognitive Challenge will award the winning team for the best use of Watson Cognitive and Bluemix API. Winners will get Apple Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones for each team member.

2nd Place - Best Use of Intel Edison or Arduino 101

Best use of Intel Edison or Arduino 101 that allows people to live healthier lives. Winners get CurieBot Packs from Adafruit for each member of the winning team.

Eligibility

Everyone who registered and signed up on http://bitca.mp are eligible to submit their projects.

Judges

The Bitcamp Organizers

The Bitcamp Organizers

...and our awesome sponsors!

...and our awesome sponsors!

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?