HackRice is Rice University's annual hackathon event. Participants trade their sleep for a weekend and join a team to create a project - typically software - in an environment optimized for creativity. At the end of the event, the participants demonstrate their projects to fellow hackers, visitors, and a panel of judges. The event is hosted by the Rice Computer Science Club.

Learn more at http://hack.rice.edu/.


Confirmed HackRice 6 attendees may make a Devpost submission. Submissions should be one per project. Alumni may also submit a submission, but it will not be eligible for judging and prizes.


The following items will be expected for the submission:
  • Team members, including contact information.
  • Application name and its description and purpose.
  • A 2 minutes max video demonstrating the hack can be helpful, but is not required.
  • URL to live demo of the application if applicable.

Hackathon Sponsors


$6,300 in prizes

1st Place

Acer Chromebook 14 for each member of the winning team

2nd Place

GoPRO HERO Session for each member of the winning team

3rd Place

Amazon Echo for each member of the winning team

Best Use of Hardware

LG Electronics UM57 25UM57 25-Inch LED-lit Monitor for each member of the winning team

Best Hack for Students

Fitbit Charge 2 for each member of the winning team

IBM: Best Use of IoT

Best use of IoT platform on Bluemix receives Apple Watches

PROS: Segmentation and Big Data Challenge

Find meaningful user groupings (segmentations) from any large dataset and use the groupings to provide better user recommendations.
Example: Using the GroupOn API, discover a correlation between users and geographic location (native-born Texans like tacos), and use that insight to improve your product (show a taco truck coupon to a native Texan but not to a user born in the North East).

Winner receives Steam Controllers

Quantlab: Best Console/Command Line Application

Provided by Quantlab:
Best Console/Command Line Application receives drones

Capital One: Best Use of Capital One Hackathon API

Best use of Capital One's Hackathon API Best Use of Capital One Hackathon API (http://reimaginebanking.com) receives up to 4 $250 Amazon gift cards

Facebook: Most Open and Connected Idea/App

Provided by Facebook:
Most Open and Connected Idea/App receives Oculus DK2's

Two Sigma: Best Data Science Project

Best project in data science. This may involve aggregating or munging diverse data sets, machine learning, or an awesome data visualization application.

Indeed: Most Artistic Project/Web Design

Provided by Indeed:
Most Artistic Project/Web Design will receive Amazon Gift Cards from Indeed

MLH: Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

Best use of AWS receives Dell 1TB Hard Drives

MLH: Domain.com - Best Domain Name

Best domain name registered with Domain.com receives Domain.com swag bags

MLH: Hack Harassment - Best Hack Against Online Harassment

Best hack against online harassment receives Hack Harassment swag bags

Watch Dogs® 2 Best Device Privacy Hack

Best device privacy hack receives Watch Dogs 2 Collectors Edition Game

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


To Be Announced

To Be Announced

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation and Creativity
    Have you seen a project like this before? How innovative is the solution?
  • Technical Complexity
    How technically impressive is the project?
  • Impact/Potential
    Does this project have important implications? Would this project be used outside the hackathon?
  • Polish
    How refined is the idea, UI, and overall presentation?

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