HackMerced VI is the sixth iteration of UC Merced's annual hackathon: a 36-hour competition to think, design, build, and present a cool app of your choice! This year, compete with a project geared towards one of our three verticals: Cyber-SecurityInclusitivity, and Social Good.

The first 250 people to sign up will recieve swag sent to their homes for free (US residents only)!

You will be given access to resources to create a meaningful hack with lasting impact! Come for a weekend of workshops, activities, and more.

Visit us at https://hackmerced.com/#hackmercedvi to register and for more information.

Every submission must include a under 4 minute video detailing what your project is, how it answers the prompt, any future enhancements you may have, and why you decided to build it.

Prizes - You are allowed to submit your project to one main track and you can pick three sub tracks (outside of the other two main ones) to submit your projects too.


Good luck!

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Prizes

$11,500 in prizes

Cyber Security Prizes (3)

The substantial use of technology has made it vital to safeguard ourselves from unapproved access. Private information and data are more exposed than before to such unpleasantries. Create a project to enrich a safe digital world.

Each prize is 1 per team member.

1st Place:
WD_Black 5TB P10-Game Drive, Portable External Hard Drive

2nd Place:
USB Rubber Ducky

3rd Place:
Raspberry Pi 3

Inclusiveness Prizes (3)

Diversity is an integral part of our history, culture, and identity. Inclusion is the way we treat and perceive all differences. Create a project to accelerate the approach to diversity and inclusion.

Each prize is 1 per team member.

1st place: Mini Movie Projector

2nd Place: Function 101 BentoStack Charge 5000

3rd Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card

Social Good Prizes (3)

Social Good also known as common good, focuses on societal problems and potential to offer meaningful solutions. Create a project to bring the world to a more equitable and sustainable path.

Each prize is 1 per team member.

1st Place:
Beats Solo3 Wireless Ear Headphones

2nd Place:
Samsung Galaxy Fit 2 Bluetooth Fitness Tracking Smart Band

3rd Place:
Google Nest Mini 2nd Generation

Best Design (2)

Create a project that showcase the best UI/UX design. Make your project beautiful and user friendly.

Each prize is 1 per team member.

1st Place: 4 Sketch Licenses

2nd Place: The Design of Everyday Things

Moonshot (2)

Best hack that is the craziest, the most out-of-this-world project at HackMerced 2021. It doesn't need to fit any category. Take risks. Make the impossible.

Each prize is 1 per team member.

1st Place:
Moon Lamp Light for each member (Visit the moon!)

2nd Place:
Nerf Gun (Shoot the moon!)

Best UCM Related Hackathon

Create a solution based project that helps build the community of UC Merced together. Ensure it is marketable and contributes to enrich the life if those who reside in UC Merced/Merced.

Each prize is 1 per team member

$125 Door Dash Gift Card

CITRIS - Tech for Social Good

For information regarding the requirements please visit:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ox-KgBpbnZPXaxapuX7nDb-mx2AJWvzZ-idXhMHMiZo/edit

Each prize is 1 per team member

$125 Gift Card for each member

MLH - Best Domain Name

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.

MLH - Best Use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded Parkland backpack.

MLH - Best Hardware Hack

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

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Anyone is eligible to join the hackathon. However the swag can only be shipped to U.S. residents.

Requirements

A small video will be necessary detailing what the project is.

Judges

Jatnael Montes

Jatnael Montes
ACM

Mary Delos Reyes

Mary Delos Reyes
Social Good

Athena Siaotong

Athena Siaotong
Design

Manjot Singh

Manjot Singh
Director

Busher Bridi

Busher Bridi
Cybersecurity

Sean Victory

Sean Victory
MLH

Adrian Darian

Adrian Darian
Inclusivity

Shubham Naik

Shubham Naik
Moonshot

Truman Chan

Truman Chan
Inclusivity

Amar Saini

Amar Saini
LLNL

Dulcinea Avouris

Dulcinea Avouris
CITRIS

Judging Criteria

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