The first-ever #ClimateHacks is a one-of-a-kind timely event where students from across the world will team up (< 6) the weekend after EarthDay (April 24 – 25, 2021) to build a solution to tackle the biggest issues in the environment.

 

HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF PROBLEM CATEGORIES and EXAMPLE CHALLENGED (TBA Earth Day Weekend)

1). Sustainable Practices Incentivization

 

Design A Carbon Credit System for Sustainable Practices
Design An Application That Rewards for Carpooling
Design An Application That Rewards for Low Battery Usage
Design A Climate Education Application with Token Incetivization
Design an Application That Rewards for Walking Instead of Driving
Design A System That Rewards You For Recycling

 

2). Water

 

Can you find a way to create a cheaper solution (less than x price/current cost) to mass water desalination? What resources would it require? What does your prototype entail?
How would you 10x the process (i.e. make it much easier and faster while using less resources) of cleaning up local rivers such as the Neuse river?
How would you design a system that reduces potable water use in our agricultural system?
How would you design a cheap solution to increase potable water accessibility for rural villages

3). Energy/Power Grid

 

Power Grid Build for Climate Change Resistance
Prototyping Solar & Wind Storage Efficient Solutions
System to Limit Solar Panel Energy Loss

4). Computer Vision

 

Modeling Defoestation / Forest Fires
Modeling Plant Growth
Wildlife Identification for Drones
Modeling Pollution

Organized by the Minority Programmers, an international network of programmers unifying together to develop human-centric software solutions, the #ClimateHacks is a student-led initiative aimed to design more efficient, transparent, and accessible solutions to the world’s environmental problems.

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Prizes

$1,000 in prizes

Grand Prize Winner

Best overall project, no one project can win multiple prizes

Social Impact Award

This is given to the team that develops a project with most potential for social impact

Best UX/UI

Given to project with cleanest and most visually appealing UX/UI (decided by the judges)

Best Pitch Video

This is given to best pitch video, most well produced etc

Most Technologically Complex

This award is given to the team that delivers the product that shows the most technical ability.

Most Informative

Project that educates the general public on environmental issues the best

Best High School Team

This award is given to the best team where all the team members are high school students

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Teams of 1-5 (minimum age of 13)
  • Anyone from around the world can enter

Requirements

  1. Link to Demo video (hosted on YouTube or Vimeo). Your video should be around 5 minutes long and include a demo of your working application. 
  2. Repository access to your working application for judging and testing. Include a link to your repo hosting the code and all deployment files and testing instructions needed for testing your project in a README.md file. (Repositories may be public or private — if your repository is private, share access with testing@devpost.com AND minorityprogrammers@gmail.com.
  3. Submission form on Devpost before the submission deadline.

Judges

Maxim Kuznetsov

Maxim Kuznetsov
Python Backend Developer

Taras Baranyuk

Taras Baranyuk
Senior Data Scientist @ Bidease

David Medvedik

David Medvedik
Principal Software Engineer

Gaurav Aggarwal

Gaurav Aggarwal
Co-founder & CTO at Sleek

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity: Quality of Features
    Are your features meaningful and add to the overall quality of the product?
  • Technical Complexity: Comprehensive Project
    Does your solution have comprehensive features or does it look like you just put something together?
  • Technical Complexity: Efficiency
    Is your code efficient? Do you use efficient algorithms?
  • Practicality: Accessibility
    Will your help communities most in need? Mobile?
  • Practicality: Effectiveness
    Does your solution solve one of the challenges we are facing because of the climate crises?
  • Practicality: Portability and Usability
    Is your code easy to run and works on multiple systems?
  • Presentation of Product: UI Design
    Does your application look visually clean across different size devices? Mobile-first design?
  • Presentation of Product: UX
    Is your application's user experience intuitive and is the current state clear or does the user have to make assumptions about what your application does?
  • Code Cleanliness
    Is your code easy to understand? Does it have clear comments that are not cluttered and have a purpose for explaining your code?
  • Originality of Work
    Is your idea novel? Do you not plagiarize and properly credit others for their contribution?
  • Creativity
    Does your product do something that absolutely blows the mind of the judges? Wildcard criteria.

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