PlexHacks is a three day bootcamp / two day hackathon exploring technical adaptations of social justice.

 

Whether you’re writing your first lines of HTML, building a VR app or a hoverboard, if you're, PlexHacks is just the place for you. We will have workshops during our bootcamp period to help make your idea happen. You will be able to exhibit your creativity worry-free.

As an added bonus, because of this year's unique condition, PlexHacks 2020 will be fully remote! From Sydney to New York, you can participate in all our events from any (WiFi‑supported) environment.

Our overarching theme this year is: Technical Adaptations of Social Justice! 2020 Has had a lot of prevalent social justice issues bringing light to our world. From social movements to combating pandemics and everything in between, our world has seen to progress through great change. As our central theme and primary judging factor, we want to see how you address a unique justice issue and how does your hack aim to fill a void within it!

That means, hack away to find a solution for any problem a significant portion of our world faces! We'd love to hear about any unique issues and solutions you come up with too! 

We aim to attain 3 goals for you through PlexHacks:

  1. To Make New Friends: PlexTech provides a brilliant opportunity for you and your team to forge professional contacts and make new friends. As we're expecting 100+ innovative software developers, grab your chance of connecting with people to discuss ideas and opportunities. If you're a brand new freshie, this is precious!  
  2. To Innovate: Hackathons are proving grounds for new ideas. They’re especially good tools to stimulate the creative and problem-solving juices of developers. Unlike software day jobs where risk-taking may be frowned upon, in a hackathon there is a no-cost of failure. As a result, truly special products come out of hackathons.  
  3. To Learn: Sometimes, a developer just wants to implement something cool! Want to use a particular API or experiment with a new technology that you saw in one of our workshops? Luckily, hackathons are just 36 hours where you could tinker with whatever you want!

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Prizes

$650 in prizes

First Place

$300 to the Best project that addresses and makes an impact towards a social justice cause.

Second Place

$200 to the 2nd best project that addresses and makes an impact towards a social justice cause.

Third Place

$150 to the 3rd best project that addresses and makes an impact towards a social justice cause.

Honorable Mention: 4th Place

Honorable Mention to the 4th best project that addresses and makes an impact towards a social justice cause.

Honorable Mention: 5th Place

Honorable Mention to the 5th best project that addresses and makes an impact towards a social justice cause.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Anyone who is an incoming or current college student. Because of this year's remote status, we do not require parental consent for hackers less than 18 years old. We will cross-verify your student status during judging!

Requirements

Note: Teams must consist of 2-4 people with > 51% of hackers being incoming/current Berkeley students.

Along with the project, hackers should submit:

  • An up to 3-minute long team video demoing their project. This will be used to judge your project and act as a live demo. Please upload your demo to YouTube send us a YouTube link for your video.
  • A brief writeup about your project, your inspiration, your aspirations, and your technical process.

Judges

Pranay Rajpaul

Pranay Rajpaul

Akshat Jain

Akshat Jain

Anish Gupta

Anish Gupta

Elena Vasquez

Elena Vasquez

Rithvik Agastya

Rithvik Agastya

Sifath Mannan

Sifath Mannan

Shaunak Bhandarkar

Shaunak Bhandarkar

Shivam Dave

Shivam Dave

Judging Criteria

  • Impact upon Social Justice
    2020 had a lot of prevalent social justice issues, from social movements to combating pandemics, our world has seen to progress through great change. We want to see how you address a unique justice issue and how your hack aims to fill a void within it!
  • Originality
    Challenge yourselves to think outside the box! How have you found innovative solutions to problems? Looking for creativity within the hack itself!
  • Practicality
    How useful is your hack to its end-user? How reliable is it while effectively pursuing change? How much of an impact does your hack actually make to a relevant issue?
  • Technical Difficulty
    We want to see you explore technologies! Think of ways unlike others to formulate your hack. Show us your process, from ideation to prototyping to final development and testing!
  • Usability/Design
    How user-friendly is your hack? Can anyone pick it up and get started right away, does it seem like you put significant thought into the layout, design, and aesthetics?
  • Video Demo!!!
    How engaging is your up to 3-minute video demo? Does it shine light on your project, how you made it, its impact on an issue you address, and not bore a viewer asleep?

theme

  • Social Good