Prizes

$114,600 in prizes

Most Technically Complex

Flights to anywhere you can get to (up to $300/person) + MLH Medal

Most Creative

Tickets to any concert/music festival of your choice (up to $300/person) + MLH Medal

Most Impactful

Any kind of class you want (cooking, surfing, skiing, trainer, Soul Cycle, yoga, etc.) (up to $300/person) + MLH Medal

Best Health Hack

Patagonia sweaters/jackets + Hydroflasks

Best Safety Hack

GoPro Heros

Best Awareness Hack

Marley Get Together speakers (these are *awesome*)

Most Impactful Contribution to Open Source Project

Crazyflie 2.0 open-source drone development platform

Best Beginner Hack

Dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant (up to $100/person)

Best Hardware Hack

Grab up to three things per person from our hardware lab!

[Microsoft] Azure Champ Prize

For a project built on the Azure platform — Automatic entry in Imagine Cup 2019 Semi-Finals and two chances to become one of the few elite teams at our regional finals, plus Xbox One Xs for each team member!

[Microsoft] Azure Runner Up

[Esri] Best Hack with Esri APIs and SDKs

$600 to the winning team

[Esri] Best Hack with Esri APIs and SDKs [2 × runner-up] (2)

$200 to each winning team

[Disney] Best Entertainment Hack (Film, Television, or Theme Parks)

Disney Parks Prize Pack + 2 Theme Park Tickets for each person

[Facebook] Best Hack to Make the World More Informed

Oculus VR Go’s

[Coding it Forward] Best hack that uses open public safety data

Coding it Forward swag, two books ("Civic Tech" and either "Algorithms of Oppression" or "Weapons of Math Destruction"), admission into Build, Coding it Forward’s social impact product accelerator, and $300 to the winning team

[Coding it Forward] Best hack that uses open public health data

Coding it Forward swag, two books ("Civic Tech" and "Utopia of Rules"), admission into Build, Coding it Forward’s social impact product accelerator, and $300 to the winning team

[Coding it Forward] Best Information Transparency Hack

Coding it Forward swag, two books ("Civic Tech" and either "Checklist Manifesto" or "Dreamland"), admission into Build, Coding it Forward’s social impact product accelerator, and $300 to the winning team

[Wix] Best Use of Wix Code

32GB 9.7" iPads for each team member

[Blockstack] Best Use of Blockstack

$2,000 to the winning team, Blockstack merchandise (hoodies and shirts) and Bose headphones

EXAMPLES:

Health: Build a Blockstack app that lets you partially disclose medical information to doctors, families, friends. Or, build a Blockstack app that lets you track, store, and share your fitbit/health data with only trusted sources.

Awareness: Build a Blockstack app that lets you share and endorse news while shadowbanning trolls and fake news outlets.

Safety: Build a Blockstack app that lets you track malicious/abusive users online, and shadowban them from all apps you use.

Misc: "Use Blockstack to build an app that helps you find good restaurants in your area" or "Use Blockstack to build an app that lets you aggregate news and comments."

[IBM] IBM’s Favorite Health Hack [1st place]

$750 to the winning team + $1000/month for 12 months in IBM Cloud credits

[IBM] IBM’s Favorite Safety Hack [1st place]

$750 to the winning team + $1000/month for 12 months in IBM Cloud credits

[IBM] IBM’s Favorite Health or Safety Hack [2nd place]

$1000/month for 12 months in IBM Cloud credits

[IBM] IBM’s Favorite Health or Safety Hack [3rd place]

$500/month for 12 months in IBM Cloud credits

[Stanford SARA Office] Best Upstander Hack

$500 to the winning team

[SoundHound] Best Use of SoundHound API (1st place)

$1000 to the winning team

[SoundHound] Best Use of SoundHound API (2nd place)

$500 to the winning team

[SoundHound] Best Use of SoundHound API (3rd place)

$250 to the winning team

[SoundHound] Best Use of SoundHound API (10 × 4th place) (10)

$100 to each winning team

[Neo/Bubble] Best Use of Bubble

6 months of free Bubble Team plan ($165/month)

Bubble is a visual programming tool that lets you build any web application in a few clicks, and deploy it immediately. See https://bubble.is for more info!

[Neo] Neo Perseverance Prize

If you're thinking of continuing your project after TreeHacks, submit now for a chance to win in May! The team with the most progress by May 17 will win custom Patagonia jackets with your project's/startup's logo and strategy session with Ali Partovi, an early investor in Facebook, Dropbox, Uber, and Airbnb.

[Cerebras] Best Deep Learning Hack

Cerebras swag + $500 for the winning team

[Oracle] Oracle's Favorite Hack

Airpods for each team member + $5,000 Oracle Cloud credit for the winning team

The use of Oracle Cloud his highly encouraged! Oracle is offering $300 free trial cloud accounts to participants; sign up @ https://cloud.oracle.com/tryit/services

[Google Cloud Platform] Best Use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Mini + limited-edition Google Cloud backpack for each team member

[Expo] Best Use of Expo

$300 for each team member

[Firebase] Best Use of Firebase

Xbox One for each team member

[Phone2Action] Best App for Civic Technology

$600 for the winning team

[Phone2Action] Best App for Civic Technology (2 × runner-up) (2)

$200 for each winning team

[Twilio] Best Use of Twilio

Sonos Wireless Speaker for each team member

[Docker] Best Use of Docker

$150 Amazon gift card for each team member

[Polarr] Best Hack Using Polarr Vision Engine

Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 VF instant camera + film for each team member

[Axon] Best Public Safety Hack

VR system, noise-cancelling headphones, WriteCodeSaveLives t-shirt

[MLH/Snapchat] Best Use of SnapKit

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.

[MLH/Qualcomm] 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.

[MLH/Domain.com] 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.

[XinFin] Best Use of XinFin's Product

Airpods for each team member

[IBM] IBM’s Favorite Safety Hack [2nd place]

$1000/month for 12 months in IBM Cloud credits

[IBM] IBM’s Favorite Safety Hack [3rd place]

$500/month for 12 months in IBM Cloud credits

Judges

Li Fan

Li Fan
CTO & Head of Engineering, Lime

Jamie Hyneman

Jamie Hyneman
Co-Host Mythbusters

Geoff Ralston

Geoff Ralston
Partner, Y Combinator

Christina Wodtke

Christina Wodtke
Lecturer, Stanford HCI

Otavio Good

Otavio Good
Creator, Word Lens (Acq'd Google)

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    We want hackers to create a project that makes you say “wow” and tell all your friends about it. We're looking for projects that think so far outside the box that you begin to wonder why there was a box at all in the first place.
  • Technical Complexity
    In only 36 hours, hackers manage to build projects with remarkably complex infrastructures built on excitingly advanced frameworks. We hope to see projects that are really running some beautiful code or hardware under the hood.
  • Social Impact
    We're looking for hacks that seem crazy, the moonshots that seem out of this world, and the blueprints for change that will impact future generations in humanity's most pressing areas of concern in the coming years.