queer_hack is be one of the first hackathons in the nation run by and for LGBTQ+ students in tech. 2020 was our inagural year and this year we're back for more.  We're excited to make a safe space for queer students in computer science (as well as those who might be interested in computer science!) to work on hacks relating to social good.

Requirements

Participants may work in teams (suggested 4 or fewer per team) or alone to submit a single project. A team with more than 4 participants is still eligible to win a prize, but in that case only 4 prizes will be given out.

Excluding the use of public APIs, SDKs etc, all code for the project must be written between Saturday Nov 20th at 11 AM EST and Sunday Nov 21st at 12 PM EST.

Concepts may originate prior to Saturday Nov 20th at 11 AM EST, but not code. Participants that submit more than one project, use code they wrote before Saturday Nov 20th at 11 AM EST, use plagiarized code or submit projects to more than one hackathon will be disqualified.

Within your submission, the following must be included:

  • A link to a GitHub repository that contains all code written for the project. We will check your code for cheating.
  • A video between 1 and 5 minutes that demos the project. This is how your project will be judged. Videos over 5 minutes will be accepted, however, judges may not watch past the 5 minute mark
  • The emails of all teammates that were used to register for queer_hack at our official website (so not this Devpost). These will be checked against our registration database to make sure that all submissions are made by people actually registered for queer_hack.

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Prizes

$4,000 in prizes

1st Place Prize

Choose between Nintendo Switch, Oculus Quest 2 128gb, Apple Watch SE, Sony HT-S350 Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer, Segway Ninebot ES1L Electric Kick Scooter, and $300 donation to a UNC organization, as well as prizes from other categories. Each member of the group (up to 4) will receive this prize.

2nd Place Prize

Choose between Nintendo Switch Lite, Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless RGB Gaming Headset, ViewSonic VX2476-smhd 24" 1080p Frameless IPS Monitor, Razer Nari Wired/Wireless Gaming Headset, Apple AirPods Pro, Polaroid Now+ White, and $200 donation to a UNC organization, as well as category prizes. Each member of the group (up to 4) will receive this prize.

Category Prize (5)

Choose between AlienWare Gaming Mouse AW610M, Logitech MX Keys Advanced Wireless Illuminated Keyboard, JBL Endurance Peak II - Sport Headphones, Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse, Google Nest Smart Speaker, and $100 donation to a UNC organization.

Best Use of Google Cloud - 1st Place

Project with the best use of Google Cloud services.

Best Use of Google Cloud - 2nd Place

Project with the second best use of Google Cloud services.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Kate Allen

Alex Stewart

Michael Chen

Jasper Christie

Anoushka Sengupta

Finley Sun

Ezequiel Torres

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    Does the project have any social impact that goes above and beyond? Will this help the community with a real problem they are facing? Can this be implemented?
  • Functionality/Quality/Execution
    Is the project free of major bugs? Does it look appealing? This doesn’t have to be perfect, but if we're having a hard time understanding there may be a problem. Is the hack usable? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything work? Is it well designed?
  • Creativity
    Is this project unique and innovative? Is it a solution or creation we have never seen before? A better way of doing something?
  • Usefulness/Application
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the project technically impressive? What challenges did you have to overcome during the creation of your app? This is the most important category for our judging.

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