PlexHacks is a three day bootcamp / two day hackathon exploring technical adaptations of social justice.
- For more information, visit: https://plextech.berkeley.edu/plexhacks/
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:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
$650 in prizes
$300 to the Best project that addresses and makes an impact towards a social justice cause.
$200 to the 2nd best project that addresses and makes an impact towards a social justice cause.
$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.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
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.
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!
Challenge yourselves to think outside the box! How have you found innovative solutions to problems? Looking for creativity within the hack itself!
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?
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!
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?
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?
- Social Good