YHack is an international hackathon hosted by and held at Yale that brings together 1000+ hackers and creatives from all over the world.

YHack is a festival of innovation, an arena of tech warriors, and a stage to present your big idea. Jam packed into 36 hours is a rainbow of events (talks, food, rap battles) that go on through the night while caffeinated teams hack on a Python app or program arduino-driven pumpkins to battle over Twitch.

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$10,000 in prizes

YHack Grand Prize

Grand Prize to the best project at YHack!

Best Education Hack

Best hack related to education! Prize: Free access to Tao Learning software and 1 on 1 DevOps mentoring AND swag from Digital Ocean.

Best Gaming/VR Hack

Best hack related to gaming or VR! Unity Pro Licenses for each member of the winning team.

Best Website

Hack with the best website! Each member of the winning team will receive a Google Home!

Best UiPath Automation Hack

Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with high recommendation!
Prize: Skip the internship line with UiPath, a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack, and a Tour of the UiPath Office

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend!
Prize: Domain.com Backpacks

Best AR/VR Hack Related to Facebook's Mission

Facebook seeks to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Teams will be judged based on their abilities to reflect this in their AR/VR hacks. Each member of the winning team will receive an Oculus Go!

Best Search of Customer Feedback (JetBlue)

Challenge: Crawl Any/All public domain/social media data to get customer’s sentiments of JetBlue.

What we are looking for:
· Define your hypothesis.
· Prove it using the data found in public domain and social media (what insight/learning the data show)
· Area of Recommendations for JetBlue

Prize: JetBlue vacation package including round-trip flight travel certificate and hotel stay for $1000 credit.

Best Use of Google Cloud (Google)

Use any Google Cloud product in your project (Firebase counts!).
Each member of the winning team receives: Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, Cloud Water Bottle, and Google Home Mini.

Best Graph Database Search and Compare (EDR)

Given a graph database and multiple collections of mailing addresses from different years, create a pattern matching algorithm that returns a single mailing address and a second comparison algorithm that highlights the similarities and differences between any two collections of addresses.

Richard W. White, EDR’s head of Research and Development, will be available throughout the event for mentoring and business cases.

If you want to learn about a new way to store and search data, this challenge is for you!

Load mailing address datasets into the graph database.
Create a pattern matching algorithm to select records from the database using a single address.
Create a comparison algorithm to highlight differences and similarities between two datasets.
[Optional] Create a visualization of the graph.

Please see this GitHub Repository: https://github.com/EDRInc/RaD-EdrCore-Public

Background: Comparing collections of current and historic addresses is a difficult problem that combines address standardization, geocoding, and fuzzy search. Street names and cities have aliases that are well known such as “Boston Post Road” and “US Route 1” or “NYC” and “New York City”, but historic aliases can be difficult to find.

Traditional databases (SQL Server, Oracle) are excellent at storing large tables of well understood data and searching for data that meets a pre-defined structure. Graph databases (Neo4J, Amazon AWS Neptune) are excellent of storing both an object and its relationship to another object. This is similar to how Facebook stores people and their relationships to friends and products.

There is something naturally “graphy” about addresses that we’d like to explore. A country contains a state which contains a city which contains a street on which are addresses and businesses.

Prize: 4 Smart Light Bulbs

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YHack Judge

YHack Judge

Judging Criteria

  • Practical and Useful
    How applicable is your hack to problems we're facing today?
  • Polish
    What impression do you get from the hack? Does it provide for a smooth user experience?
  • Technical Difficulty
    How technically challenging is it? Which technologies did you use?
  • Creativity
    How original is your hack? Is this a novel idea or something that's built at every hackathon?
  • Judging Questions

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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