TechTogether Boston is committed to providing people of marginalized genders with safe spaces to learn, build, and hack. To learn more about the event, visit our website.
Why attend TechTogether Boston's virtual hackathon?
- Connect with early-talent recruiters at our career fair.
- Develop and grow your skill-set with 24-hour access to mentorship.
- Access to over 30+ technical and professional development workshops for hackers of all skill levels.
- Build a project (optional) that will help your resume stand out.
Don't want to compete? Not sure if hackathons are for you?
Hackathons can be overwhelming. If you don't want to build a project at the event, you don't have to! You can just attend the workshops and fun activities. We even have a prize for the hacker that attends the most events during the hackathon.
Did you know that last year TechTogether hackathons had an average 98% recommendation rating?
TechTogether's hackathon season is brought to you by Microsoft, Capital One, Balsamiq, Boston University, and BU Spark!.
1. Work must be entirely completed during the hackathon hours.
2. You must submit a 2 minute (max) video demo!
3. You must be on a team of 2-4 people.
$3,872 in prizes
Most Open-Minded Attendee
This challenge is for the attendee that attends the most events during the hackathon. Events include workshops, keynotes, career fairs, and fun activities. If it is on the TechTogether schedule, then it counts towards this challenge!
The purpose of this challenge is to show our hackers that you don't need to build a project at a hackathon to participate and have fun.
One lucky hacker will receive a LIMITED EDITION pink or blue Steminist Sweatshirt. The winner can select their preferred size and color.
Best Interdisciplinary Hack
Use this hack to get out of your comfort zone in tech, and creatively combine your interest that exists beyond tech. Each winning team member will receive an RK Royal Kludge 60% Mechanical Keyboard and Soundance Laptop Stand.
Best Social Hack
Use this hack to allow people to get out of their comfort zones and connect with new people. Each winning team member will receive Airtags.
Best Disruptive Hack
Use this hack to push ideas out of their comfort zones and innovate something new that interrupts the norm. Each winning team member will receive a CrazyCap2 - Mellow waterbottle.
Most Courageous Hack #1
This prize is for teams with 2 or more first-time hackers. Each team member will receive a Binary Beauty T-Shirt. Each winner can select their preferred size and design.
Most Courageous Hack #2
This prize is for teams with 2 or more BIPOC-identifying hackers. Each team member will receive a Dress Code Sweatshirt. Each winner can select their preferred size and design.
Most Courageous Hack #3
This prize is for teams with 2 or more hackers that are currently enrolled or recently graduated from a Bootcamp (or training program) or community college. Each team member will receive a Binary Beauty T-Shirt. Each winner can select their preferred size and design.
Best High School Hack
The best hack created by a team consisting of all high school students. Each team member will receive a $25 Gift for Goods virtual gift card.
The Prettiest Hack
This prize is for the hack with the best design and UI/UX. Each team member will receive a Marynguyenco t-shirt. Each winner can select their preferred size and design.
The Ultimate Failed Hack
This prize is for the team who dreamed big and failed hard. Each team member will receive a EllaTeeCo T-Shirt. Each winner can select their preferred size and design.
Best Birthday Hack
Most creative hack that celebrates TechTogether Boston's 5-year anniversary and Fiona's 24th, TechTogether's Co-Founder & Executive Director. Each winner will receive a $20 gift card to the local bakery of their choice.
The Best Hack to Build Community and Bring the World Closer Together with Facebook
At Facebook, our products empower more than 3 billion people around the world to share ideas, offer support and make a difference. This year's challenge is tied directly to our mission to "give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Each team member will receive a Facebook Portal.
Best Data Hack with MassMutual
Get creative! What data can you get your hands on to deliver a high social impact? We'll be looking at anything data-related, from snappy visualizations and data sourcing, to fireproof modeling and data pipelining. Each team member will receive a FitBit.
Best Financial Hack with Capital One
Capital One would like to challenge TechTogether Boston to create the best financial hack. Money impacts much of our lives and we would like to promote change for good. The winning team members will be awarded $200 Amazon gift cards.
Best Use of Cloud for Social Good
Create a cloud-based project which highlights a way to improve people’s lives and lift communities around the world. Prizes: LinkedIn Learning 1-year Membership (1 per team member), Xbox Ultimate Game Pass (1 per team member), $250 Azure Credit (1 per team member), $500 Donation to Charity (1 per team).
Best Domain Name from Domain.com with MLH
Register a .tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi wireless phone charger.
Most Creative Use of Twilio with MLH
Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!
Best Web Monetization Project with MLH
Coil is all about providing better ways to access and reward the creators, publishers and platforms that you love. Coil members get to view web monetized sites while streaming micropayments directly to the website owner, or in this case, you! In turn, you can react to payments in real time by displaying a thank you message, unlocking bonus content, features and so much more! Build a web monetized hack using Coil for a chance to win an Anker Quick Charge Portable Charger, Coil pin and $60 Coil credit redemption card!
Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key
Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with embedded Arduino Uno compatible board. Each winning team member will receive a prize!
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Judges Not Available
Originality, Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
How well was the project presented? Did it make the hack more compelling? Did it give a good idea of its purpose?
Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?