Create a project to shape your future! Design a hack based on personal growth, social change, or environmental awareness.

TechTogether Boston, Boston's largest student-run hackathon open to all female, femme, and non-binary individuals!

Our mission is to...

  • Empower women and femme non-binary individuals in technology to achieve
  • Provide them with opportunities to explore the tech industry in an inspiring, encouraging, and energizing environment
  • Create a community of inclusivity within the tech industry

For more information, please check out our website: https://boston.techtogether.io

After every TechTogether Boston event that you attend this weekend, fill out this form to get considered for the Most Open Minded attendee prize:  https://techtogether.typeform.com/to/VxuADGfW

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Prizes

$3,880 in prizes

Best Overall Hack

Build a project using skills learned from the hackathon this week! The project that is most resourceful and buildable will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to San Francisco next year to compete in the Pinnacle Hackathon.

Best Sustainability Hack

Develop a solution to improve sustainability within our local communities for a chance to win a Roomba.

Best Environmental Action Hack

Damage to the Earth is near irreversible. Develop a hack that finds measurable solutions to combat the global climate crisis for a chance to win an Apple Watch Series 6.

Best Community Enrichment Hack

Build a solution that improves the sense of community in the neighborhood/ workplace for a chance to win a Nintendo Switch Lite

Best Productivity Hack

Create a project that supports and teaches how to create a sustainable work/life balance for a chance to win The Art of Doing Science and Engineering Book and a CORSAIR Red Keyboard.

Best Wellness Hack

Create a solution that helps individuals understand and support others with mental health issues for a chance to win a Kindle.

Most Courageous Hack

This prize is for a team with 3 or more first-time hackers. Our favorite beginner-friendly team will win a TechTogether sticker pack.

Most Open-Minded Attendee

This prize is for the attendee that attends the most events during the hackathon. Events include workshops, keynotes, and fun activities. You will receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card!

Prettiest Hack

This prize is for the hack with the best design and UI/UX. Each winning team member will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

Best High School Hack

The best hack created by a team consisting of all high school students. Winners will each get a $25 Amazon gift card.

Ultimate Fail Hack

This prize is for the team who dreamed big and failed hard. Each winning team member will receive a $10 Amazon Giftcard for trying to make the ultimate hack. Additionally a one-year membership to CodeAcademy Pro.

Best Hardware Hack

Build a project that uses hardware to solve a problem in a unique way. Winners will get $20 Amazon gift cards and a Zero to Mastery Academy One Year Subscription.

Best Data Hack

Thank you to Travelers for sponsoring this challenge! How did data support the implementation of your solution?
Implementation of the idea (including user experience, AI design, and data integration)
Challenge Prize : Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones (in RED) per team member

Facebook's Social Good Hack

For the best hack that aligns with Facebook’s mission of giving people the power to build community and bringing the world closer together, we will award each member of the winning team a Facebook Portal.

echoAR Best AR/VR hack

Build the best AR/VR application using echoAR:
a "cherry on top" for participants who compete for the overall prizes but who also decide to incorporate the echoAR platform as part of their projects.
Winners receive an Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Alexa.

Best Financial Hack

Hackers have the chance to create a project that aligns with the theme "Dear Future Me" that incorporates finance. Each member of the winning team will receive a $250 Amazon Gift Card. Thank you to Capital One!

Wolfram Award

Thank you to Wolfram for sponsoring this prize. Representatives will be reviewing projects submitted and the members of the winning team will win a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

Best Use of Google Cloud (2)

Use any Google Cloud product. The top two teams that create the best project using a Google Cloud product has the chance to win a Google Cloud branded backpack, water bottle, and trophy (US mailing addresses only) or Google Nest Minis (US + International).

Google Cloud - COVID19 Hackathon Fund

The team that creates the best hack using Google Cloud products has the chance to receive an invitation to apply to the Google Cloud COVID-19 hackathon fund awarding up to $5,000 in cloud credits and guidance from Google developers.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a .tech, .space, or .online 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 & Domain.com Backpack.

Best Use of Google Cloud - MLH Prize

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful computing, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See the full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini.

Best Use of CockroachDB (3)

Build your hackathon project on CockroachDB's open source and indestructible SQL database. PostgreSQL compatible and easy to use. Utilize CockroachDB in your hack for a chance to win a 3D printing pen for each team member. What's more, ALL projects submitted that use CockroachDB will receive a free t-shirt!

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. 1 prize for each winning team member with 2 winning teams per event!

Best Sustainability Hack Sponsored by BostonHacks

Thank you to BostonHacks for sponsoring this challenge! The team with the best project idea for sustainability will not only win a Google Home Mini but also automatic admission to BostonHacks nest weekend!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

To participate as a hacker, you must...

  • Identify as female or femme non-binary
  • Be at least 14 years old 

If you do not meet those criteria, please consider joining us at TechTogether Boston as a judge or mentor!

Requirements

Only teams are of 2-4 people are elligible for prizes. Additionally, you must submit your project along with a 2-minute demo video. 

Judges

John Gervasi

John Gervasi

Agustina Morero

Agustina Morero

Amit Jambusaria

Asha Saini

Asha Saini

Caroline Dennis

Caroline Dennis

Dr. Kiera Penpeci

Dr. Kiera Penpeci

Fiona Whittington

Jackie Glenn

Jackie Glenn

Kala Campbell

Kala Campbell

Kelsey Myton

Kelsey Myton

KeyAnna Schmiedl

KeyAnna Schmiedl

Lauren Moores

Lauren Moores

Lisa Vu

Lisa Vu

Margarita Zias

Margarita Zias

Maria Veledinova

Maria Veledinova

Michelle Clark

Michelle Clark

Pavlinka Hadzhieva

Pavlinka Hadzhieva

Pinkesh Patel

Samantha Francesca

Samantha Francesca

Sashrika Kaur

Sashrika Kaur

Sergey Rakov

Sergey Rakov

Sonia Pascua

Sonia Pascua

Sreeya Sai

Sreeya Sai

Sumita Palanisamy

Sumita Palanisamy

Susi Burke

Tay Nishimura

Tay Nishimura

Tom Heatwole

Tom Heatwole

Trish Saylor

Trish Saylor

Vanessa Spatafora

Vanessa Spatafora

Karan Naik

Karan Naik

Melissa Lin

Zeina Zeitouni

Karlin K

Rishab Nayak

Rishab Nayak

Jennifer Roh

Ben Pastor

Ben Pastor

Ali Paul

Ali Paul

Aayush Bhutani

Aayush Bhutani

Elizabeth Gonzalez

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Execution
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Presentation
    How well was the project presented? Did it make the hack more compelling? Did it give a good idea of its purpose?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
  • Adherence to Theme
    Does the hack adhere to the event's theme? Does it implement that theme fully or just partially?

themes

  • Cybersecurity
  • Productivity
  • Healthcare