Oxford Hack is the official Oxford student Hackathon. We give you all the resources you need, you attend to have fun, learn things you didn’t even know existed and see your ideas come to life.

Oxford Hack 2020 will be the official Oxford student hackathon this year. We want to bring together as many like minded people together with the purpose of creating cool things. Though we can’t be together in person, in 36 hours we will provide our hackers with APIs, mentoring and prize categories to provide direction. We also want to stay engaged with our community despite the distance, so we will run unrelated but fun activities. The aim of these is to help teams come together, provide a break from work and simulate the random interactions that happen when a Hackathon is physical.

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Prizes

£3,050 in prizes

Best use of DataStax Astra

Apache Cassandra is one of the most widely used database technologies in modern computing with a proven track record of scalability. Each member of the winning team will receive a Blue Snowball Microphone

Best use of Google cloud

Each member of the winning team will receive a Google Cloud branded backpack. If your hack is COVID-19 related you can be in for a chance to win $5000 in Google Cloud Credit to help develop your hack further.

Best Domain name from Domain.com

Let us know your .tech, .space, or .online domain in the Devpost submission for a chance to win a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger and Domain.com Backpack for you and each of your team members.

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for this category. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

Hack for a good cause

What do you believe in? Create an awesome hack that supports a good cause in whichever way you find inspiring. Don’t be afraid to think big - big enough to make a change in something that you believe in. For this one, we want to help the winners further accomplish their mission, so in addition to the prize, we’ll make a donation for a charity supporting the cause they choose.

Hack the hackers’ hack

Have you ever thought “I could come up with a fun challenge”? This is your shot. At the start of the hackathon, we will give you all the opportunity to put in your challenge idea and then vote for your favourites. We’ll then take the most voted category and that will be our 5th challenge for the hackathon.

The theme for this year's challenge is "Keeping people connected in lockdown".

One hack to rule them all

This one is for the fiction enthusiasts out there - all you have to do is think big. Your hack can be inspired from all kinds of books, movies, TV shows and your imagination is the only limit! Whether your muse is a hobbit with a deadly mission, a clown hanging around in the sewers, a man whose job is to burn all books in sight or an extremely sharp detective, we’d like to see where your creativity takes you!

The ultimate isolation game

The current situation has got us all down, but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t play our favourite games with our friends. For this one, we invite you to create your own version of entertainment - a game that takes your mind off not being able to go out. Fun for the whole hackathon community!

What the hack?!

This one’s for the crazier hackers, who are not afraid to dip their toes into the unknown. It has to work, it has to be creative, but above all it has to blow our minds! This challenge will award the most amazing, surprising project that will leave us with our mouths open. How crazy can you get?

MATHWORKS: Re-invent learning!

In this challenge, you are tasked with the creation of an interactive laboratory experience to teach a topic of your choosing. You can demonstrate concepts in any discipline including mathematics, engineering, artificial intelligence, controls & robotics to name but a few. We encourage you to consider how to gamify the experience to make learning more fun! You can define your target audience to be of any skill or age level.

MATHWORKS: Best use of MATLAB or Simulink

Showcase your MATLAB & Simulink skills and tag your devpost with "MATLAB" to participate in our first challenge!

VMWARE: Sustainability

To win the :trophy: you would have to prove your solution is doing a better job than your competitors in terms of

reducing its :seedling: footprint in any way for instance affecting the power usage (carbon emissions)
or for instance affecting the behaviour :airplane: :car: :boat: of users so that it is resulting in a more sustainable usage of your software

The solution you are working on does not to be aimed itself at solely solving this specific problem, but can do so as an additional cross concern.

HERETECHNOLOGIES: Challenge

Our challenge to you is to bring new ideas and create a public transit solution to improve city systems, decrease congestion and improve consumer experience using our Developer Suite.

ECHOAR: Build the best AR/VR application using the echoAR platform!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

All participants will need to supply a link to the project's codebase (platforms like Github / Gitlab / Bitbucket work) and a presentation video (platforms like YouTube / Vimeo work).

 

Make sure the judges are able to view the resources (keep everything on public / unlisted).

Judges

Oxford Hack Committee

Oxford Hack Committee

Kathi Kugler

Kathi Kugler
MathWorks

Tihomir Mateev

Tihomir Mateev
VMWare

Vasil Chomakov

Vasil Chomakov
VMWare

Ivaylo Kiryazov

Ivaylo Kiryazov
VMWare

Koren Grinshpoon

Koren Grinshpoon
EchoAR

Claire Robinson

Claire Robinson
HereTechnologies

Shruti Kuber

Shruti Kuber
HereTechnologies

Vesselin Arnaudov

Vesselin Arnaudov
VMWare

Francesco Ciriello
MathWorks

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity
  • Creativity
  • Design
  • Fit to Challenge Theme