DiamondHacks '21 is on March 27-28 and is conducted with the mission of supporting women and non-binary students interested in developing software projects. However, we welcome all hackers that support this mission, regardless of gender or experience. DiamondHacks '21 is entirely virtual and will be hosted using Hopin' and Discord.

Beginners are welcome, and will be supported with introductory workshops and guidance from fellow students. Additionally, sponsors will be available to mentor and network with students. Anyone who submits a project on DevPost will have the chance to win prizes like Amazon, Visa, Netflix, LeetCode, Uber, Spotify, and Starbucks gift cards.

Any team size is welcome, but a maximum of 4 prizes will be awarded to each winning team.

Please visit our website for more information about our schedule and logistics.

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$4,000 in prizes

Best Overall

4 x $200 gift cards of your choice to Amazon, Visa, Neflix, Uber, Starbucks, Leetcode, or Spotify.

Best in Equity

4 x $200 gift cards of your choice to Amazon, Visa, Neflix, Uber, Starbucks, Leetcode, or Spotify.

Best in Efficiency

4 x $200 gift cards of your choice to Amazon, Visa, Neflix, Uber, Starbucks, Leetcode, or Spotify.

Best in Environment

4 x $200 gift cards of your choice to Amazon, Visa, Neflix, Uber, Starbucks, Leetcode, or Spotify.

Best College First-Timer Hack

4 x $50 gift cards of your choice to Amazon, Visa, Neflix, Uber, Starbucks, Leetcode, or Spotify.

Most Accessibility-Friendly

4 x $50 gift cards of your choice to Amazon, Visa, Neflix, Uber, Starbucks, Leetcode, or Spotify.

Most Innovative Idea

4 x $50 gift cards of your choice to Amazon, Visa, Neflix, Uber, Starbucks, Leetcode, or Spotify.

Best High School Hack

4 x $50 gift cards of your choice to Amazon, Visa, Neflix, Uber, Starbucks, Leetcode, or Spotify.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Any college or high school student from any school is welcome to hack at DiamondHacks, regardless of age, experience, or gender.

There is no maximum or minimum team size. However, we have a maximum of 4 prizes to award to each winning team. If your team is fewer than 4 people, you will only receive the number of prizes equal to the people on your team. If your team is greater than 4 people, you will receive only 4 prizes to share amongst your team. For example, a team of 3 people will receive 3 prizes and a team of 5 people will receive 4 prizes.

Teams should be made up exclusively of students who are not organizers, volunteers, judges, sponsors, or in any other privileged position at the event.

Requirements

You are strongly encouraged to present a demo of what you have built. Pitches or presentations are discouraged. You are not judged on the quality of your pitch or the quality of your idea. As you are judged on what you built, you'll only hurt yourself by not showing a demo.

 

You are encouraged to present what you have done even if your hack is broken or you weren’t able to finish. It's okay if you didn't finish your hack—that happens all the time! Completion is only one part of the judging criteria, so you might still do well. Also, demoing is not just about the competition. It's a chance to share with others what you learned and what you tried to build—that's what hacking's all about! In the case that you don't have anything to demo, you can give a presentation about what you tried and what you learned. Hearing what other people learned is interesting and inspiring for other attendees.

Judges

Santha-Kumar Rajendran

Santha-Kumar Rajendran
Deutsche Bank

Satish Babu

Satish Babu
Deutsche Bank

Joseph-Prem Anand

Joseph-Prem Anand
Deutsche Bank

Suman Menon

Suman Menon
Deutsche Bank

Harini Rajagopalan

Harini Rajagopalan

Niharika Syamala

Madi Ivanova

Madi Ivanova

Tim Burr

Tim Burr

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be more about how good the HCI is.
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before? If a team which always does VR projects decides to switch up and try doing a mobile app instead, that exploration should be rewarded.

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