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|
- Problem Sponsor: Virginia Clean Cities
|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|
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.
$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
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.
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
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
- Teams of 1-5 (minimum age of 13)
- Anyone from around the world can enter
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Submission form on Devpost before the submission deadline.
Python Backend Developer
Senior Data Scientist @ Bidease
Principal Software Engineer
Co-founder & CTO at Sleek
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?
Will your help communities most in need? Mobile?
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?
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?
Does your product do something that absolutely blows the mind of the judges? Wildcard criteria.