150+ hackers. 28 hours. $6000 in prizes.

HackRice is Rice University's annual hackathon event. 

Our third annual HackRice will be bigger and better than ever! For the first time, we are opening HackRice to non-Rice students! Come meet coders from Rice and other great schools, collaborate in teams, and build something awesome in only 28 hours. It will be a blast.

View full rules

Prizes

$6,000 in prizes

1st Place

Will be split evenly among team.

2nd Place

Will be split evenly among team.

3rd Place

Will be split evenly among team.

Makes Life Easy

Sponsored by Venmo.
Will be split evenly among team.
Will be paid out in Venmo cash.

People's Choice Award

Given out to the hack that gets the most number of votes between 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM but didn't get 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. Ask your friends to create a Challengepost account and vote for your app!

Mastery of Computer Science (2)

Sponsored by Rice University's Department of Computer Science. An all-expenses paid one-day visit for all team members to visit Rice University, meet with CS faculty, and interview for summer research internships.

Google Chromecast

Sponsored by Google.
A Chromecast will be given to each team member.

Xbox 360 Game Bundle (2)

Sponsored by Microsoft.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

In order to make a HackRice 2014 submission:

  • You must have applied through to HackRice through the website and gotten accepted.
  • Must be present with your team at Rice University for the event.
  • Must be a US student over the age of 18.
  • Must be part of a team of at most 5 people.
  • Must comply with the rules listed on the website.

Requirements

Each team is allowed to make a single submission by the deadline.

For a valid submission, we need the following items:

  • Application name and its description and purpose.
  • A 2 min max video demonstrating your hack.
  • URL to live demo of the application if applicable.

Judges

Dr. Stephen Wong

Dr. Stephen Wong
Rice University

Dr. Vivek Sarkar

Dr. Vivek Sarkar
Rice University

Britt Antley

Britt Antley
Chevron

Brandon Wallace

Brandon Wallace
Palladium Consulting

Yilong Yao

Yilong Yao
Google

Frank Salinas

Frank Salinas
Microsoft

Max Grossman

Max Grossman
Delphix

Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts
Schlumberger

Nate Andre

Nate Andre
Epic

Tim Harvey

Tim Harvey
Texas Instruments

Anthony J Burton

Anthony J Burton
Venmo

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation and Creativity
    The originality or uniqueness of the idea. A new approach to a problem.
  • Technical Complexity
    The technical difficulty of the implementation. Shows mastery in programming and computer science.
  • Design and Polish
    The polish of the product, ease of use, and attractiveness. Readiness for release.