What is WaffleHacks

WaffleHacks is a 48-hour student-organized hackathon working to bring technical solutions to your local communities and small businesses. We welcome all students, of high school level and beyond, and of all technical proficiency levels, to join us on August 27th - 29th, 2021. Select winning hackathon projects are eligible for exclusive prizes from our awesome sponsors and partners.

Our Origin

Due to the pandemic, a group of first-year college students was forced to experience a summer of opportunity online. Stuck in quarantine, it was hard to form connections, especially going into their freshman year of college. However, this did not stop them from them creating a warm and supportive community. To pay homage to their unbreakable bond, they worked together and created WaffleHacks. The purpose of WaffleHacks is to inspire high school students and beyond to look within their communities and build new opportunities that would benefit the world around them.

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Prizes

$15,520 in prizes

First Place Overall

Up to 4 team members will receive a HyperX Alloy Origins - Red Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, as well as a one year membership to both Wolfram|One personal edition and Wolfram Alpha Pro. This prize is sponsored by HyperX and Wolfram Language.

Second Place Overall

Up to 4 team members will receive a Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Bundle, as well as a one year membership to both Wolfram|One personal edition and Wolfram Alpha Pro. This prize is sponsored by BlueProton and Wolfram Language.

Third Place Overall

Up to 4 team members will receive a HyperX Pulsefire Core Gaming Mice, as well as a one year membership to both Wolfram|One personal edition and Wolfram Alpha Pro. This prize is sponsored by HyperX and Wolfram Language.

Best Hack for Education

Up to 4 team members will receive a Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Bundle. This prize is sponsored by BlueProton.

Best Hack for Small Businesses/Restaurants

Up to 4 team members will receive a stationary set from JetPens, a small business focused on stationary distribution. This prize is not sponsored.

Best Hack Using Wolfram Technologies

Up to 4 team members will receive a one year membership to Wolfram|One personal edition, as well as a one year membership to Wolfram Alpha Pro. This award is sponsored by Wolfram Language.

Best Hack for Student Food Insecurity

Up to 4 team members will win a belgian waffle iron.

Best UI/UX

Up to 4 team members will win a drawing tablet.

All Participants

All hackers will receive a free month of both the Replit Hacker Plan and Wolfram|One, as well as a sticker set for submitting a project. These prizes are sponsored by Replit, BlueProton, and Wolfram Language.

Event Awards

Four individuals will win a one year membership to Wolfram|One personal edition and Wolfram Alpha Pro through attending workshops and participating in dayof contests/competitions. We'll announce how these events will be run at the opening ceremony! This prize is sponsored by Wolfram Language.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

A video (2-3 minutes) must be submitted to Devpost with a full description of your project. This should include your inspiration, design process, and the final product, among other details. A Github link to your source code is recommended but not required for code-based projects. If you are creating a non-code based project, a link to the prototype should be included.

Judges

WaffleHacks Judges

WaffleHacks Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Inspire innovation in the next generation of students. Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem? This category will be based solely on the idea behind your project, regardless of functionality.
  • Impact/Usefulness
    We look for hacks that have large social impact. Is the hack impactful? Does it fulfill a real need people have? This category will be based on the idea behind your project and its planned functionality (not necessarily fully working).
  • Feasibility/Practicality
    We look for new and original ideas, we want hackers to think outside the box, but we also value practicality. Is this project feasible and practical in the next 3-5 years? This category will be based on both the idea & functionality behind your project.

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