Hack Arizona

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January 18-20th, at the University of Arizona

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Our Sponsors!

Hack Arizona is supported by some of the best and most exciting companies in the world. These companies engage with attendees throughout the weekend, provide challenges to implement their technology, and help foster our world-class community of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Agenda Overview

View our 20+ firstByte education sessions here!

Friday (1/18)

Start
End
Title
Location
4:30pm
7:00pm
Check in & Sponsorship Fair
UA Mall
5:30pm
6:00pm
Team Formation (if you don't have one)
UA Mall
6:00pm
7:00pm
Dinner
UA Mall
7:30pm
8:45pm
Opening Ceremony
TBA
9:00pm
9:00am (Sunday)
Hacking Begins!
Science & Engineering Library
9:30pm
all night!
firstByte Education Begins :)
ILC
9:30pm
10:30pm
Women in Computer Science Reception
UA Mall
11:00pm
1:00am
Slacklining
UA Mall

Saturday (1/19)

Start
End
Title
Location
none
all day :)
Hacking Continues...
Science & Engineering Library
8:30am
10:00am
Breakfast
UA Mall
10:00am
11:00pm
firstByte Education
ILC
11:00am
12:00pm
Yoga
UA Mall
11:30am
1:00pm
Lunch
UA Mall
12:00pm
1:00pm
Cute Puppies!!! (Therapy Dogs)
UA Mall
1:00pm
12:00am
Inflatables!
UA Mall
2:00pm
6:00pm
Smash Bros Mele Tournament
ILC
3:30pm
4:30pm
Minute to Win it - Relay Games
UA Mall
5:00pm
5:45pm
Charles Darwin Improv Show
ILC
6:00pm
7:00pm
Dinner
UA Mall
7:00pm
11:00pm
Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament
ILC
7:00pm
9:00pm
Panel Discussions
ILC
9:00pm
10:00pm
Hypnotist Comedy Show
ILC

Sunday (1/20)

Start
End
Title
Location
8:00am
9:30am
Breakfast
UA Mall
9:00am
9:00am
Projects must be submitted
Science & Engineering Library
9:00am
10:00am
Plant Potting
UA Mall
10:00am
12:00am
Project Showcase!
Grand Ballroom
1:00pm
1:30pm
Winner Announcements
Grand Ballroom

Please note that events and times are subject to change :)

View all of our educational sessions

2019 Prize Challenges

An overview of our rules

  • - Only students can compete for prizes
  • - Sizes are of 1-4
  • - Projects must be started at 9:00pm Friday night and submited by 9:00am Sunday morning
  • - You can submit your project to (and win) as many categories as you can

Overall Best Hack

Sponsored by: The Hack Arizona Team

Challenge description: This prize will be given to the overall best project at Hack Arizona!

Prize: Up to 4 Apple Watches

View the details of this challenge!

Best Beginner Hack

Sponsored by: The Hack Arizona Team

Challenge description: This prize will be awarded to the team that has the most innovative hack, which contains at least 2 team members that have never been to a hackathon before!

Prize: Up to 4 $100 Amazon gift cards

View the details of this challenge!

Blue Flame Challenge: Best Visualization of Sensor Data

Sponsored by: Jacobs

Challenge description: The Blue Flame is a Raspberry PI based platform that can support numerous sensors, publishing over WIFI. Two Blue Flames will be sending data out on Jacobs' WIFI during the event. Show us creative, useful, and eye-catching ways to visualize sensor data.

Prize: Oculus Go (4)

View the details of this challenge!

Drone Dashboard Challenge: Best Drone Dashboard

Sponsored by: Jacobs

Challenge description: The competition starts at 930PM with a battle to take control of one of five drones using your own code. Get one to come to you and your team will have exclusive use of it throughout the competition!

Prize: DJI Spark Drones (4)

View the details of this challenge!

Hidden Tomes Challenge: Scavenger Hunt

Sponsored by: Jacobs

Challenge description: Hidden in the SEL will be special WIFI enabled books with multiple problems to be solved. The team with the most points wins. In case of a tie, the team who answered the highest valued problems wins.

Prize: Bose QC35II Headphones (4)

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Cyber Challenge: Drone Maze

Sponsored by: Jacobs

Challenge description: Perform a variety of cyber challenges to get control of a drone and fly it through the drone maze.

Prize: $150 in VISA gift cards (4)

View the details of this challenge!

Best Innovation in Alexa Skills

Sponsored by: Amazon

Challenge description: Awarded to the team that creates the best innovation in Alexa skills.

Prize: Echo Spot for each member

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Best Gaming Achievement Through Amazon Technology

Sponsored by: Amazon

Challenge description: Awarded to the team that creates the best gaming achievement through Amazon technology.

Prize: Fire TV Cube for each member

View the details of this challenge!

Best Use of Data Intelligence

Sponsored by: Amazon

Challenge description: Awarded to the team that creates a hack with the best use of data intelligence.

Prize: Fire TV Cube for each member

View the details of this challenge!

Best Embedded Execution

Sponsored by: Honeywell

Challenge description: The best demonstration of an embedded execution that is demonstrated during the weekend at Hack Arizona will be the winner.

Prize: 1st prize) printer, filament, HON coding challenge; 2nd prize) arduino kit + HON coding challenge; 3rd prize) HON coding challenge

View the details of this challenge!

The Hack Arizona Best Fleet Tracking App with Google Home Integration

Sponsored by: Modular Mining

Challenge description: The best Fleet Tracking App (GPS + Additional Vehicle Info) with creative/original Google Home Integration will be our winner!

Prize: $1,000 per team member

View the details of this challenge!

The Microsoft Social Impact Prize

Sponsored by: Microsoft

Challenge description: Microsoft believes technology can have a positive impact on the most vulnerable in society. If you agree, show us what you got!

Prize: To be announced!

View the details of this challenge!

The Microsoft Windows/Office Prize

Sponsored by: Microsoft

Challenge description: Ever wish there was something Windows and Office did better together that would make your life easier. Invent it!

Prize: To be announced!

View the details of this challenge!

The Hedera Micro-pay Challenge at Hack Arizona

Sponsored by: Hedera Hashgraph

Challenge description: 🏁 Build an application that best takes advantage of micropayments using the Hedera Cryptocurrency API.

Prize: Up to 4 Nintendo Switches

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Best Use of AI in Recruiting

Sponsored by: Pardox.ai

Challenge description: Improve the world of recruiting and/or job seeking through the power of A.I.

Prize: $3,000 cash

View the details of this challenge!

Hexagon Mining Best Use of Geospatial Data

Sponsored by: Hexagon Mining

Challenge description: We are looking for innovative ways to collect, visualize, or manipulate this data and your project could be our winner!

Prize: Up to four $250 gift cards

View the details of this challenge!

The Hack Arizona Best IoT Environmental Monitoring Solution

Sponsored by: Dataforth

Challenge description: Use the provided Raspberry Pi 3 B+ kit to d evelop an IoT solution to monitor sensors and publish data to a Cloud service. Connect to the weather station on top of the Dataforth Corp. building, and more!

Prize: Up to 4 mini RC cars, plus shirts and hats!

View the details of this challenge!

The Sandia Most Creative Security-Focused Application

Sponsored by: Sandia National Laboratories

Challenge description: We will choose the most creative approach to a security-focused solution. The chosen solution can relate to cybersecurity, physical security, privacy, or anything in between.

Prize: Up to 4 Bose headphones

View the details of this challenge!

Best Hack Using Iterative Development

Sponsored by: Statefarm

Challenge description: The best use of an iterative development process in creating their Hack will be our winner.

Prize: Airpods - 1 pair for each member of the winning team

View the details of this challenge!

Best Use of Data

Sponsored by: USAA

Challenge description: That team that has the best use of data in their project at Hack Arizona will be selected as our winners!

Prize: Each team member can choose between: Apple Watch 4, Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, Nintendo Switch, or 55" 4K TV (max of 4)

View the details of this challenge!

Please note that there are still more prizes to be announced!

Keynote Speaker

Ian Tracey

Software Engineer

at Pinterest

As a Founder of Hack Arizona and current software engineer at Pinterest, Ian Tracey has an immense passion for helping hackers rapidly innovate and validate their ideas; while wishing to live in a future where technology can serve as a catalyst for immense social change.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply at the event?

Yes! Attendees, volunteers, and mentors will all be able to register on site - but we encourage those planning on attending to sign-up as early as possible.

What are the allowed team sizes?

Teams of 1-4 students can compete for prizes!

How much does it cost?

All of Hack Arizona is free for our attendees. This includes free food and drinks!

How can press or media contact you?

All press inquries can be sent to team@hackarizona.org

Is there any travel reimbursment?

Unfortunately not. We allocate our budget to try and provide the best experience possible, and are unable to offer this at this time.

What if I don't have a team?

Don't worry! We have a team pairing event at the beginning of the weekend, and you can talk to other attendees in our Facebook group to start planning ahead. If you're unable to find a team, you can still compete for prizes or attend our workshops and fun activities!

What are the prize categories?

Our official prize categories will be announced during the week of the event, to ensure a fair playing field.

What experience should you have before attending?

All experience levels are welcome. Beginners or those just curious about programming are encouraged to attend and participate in our many free educational workshops!

What is the code of conduct?

All attendees will have to abide by the rules at MLH.com

What schools can attend?

All university students are welcome to attend! Students under the age of 18 are also welcome to attend, but will require a parent or guardian to be present.

What should I bring?

We recommend bringing everything you would for a weekend with your friends, or camping. So aside from your usual computers and things to program and hack on throughout the weekend, this includes the usual vacation items like a sleeping bag, jackets! (it sometimes gets cold in the desert),tooth brushes, tooth paste, showering items (towels, etc). You are also required to bring a copy of a government ID (drivers license), and a recent student ID card.

Where can I park?

Main Gate Garage, Tyndall Garage, and 6th St. Garages are all free throughout the weekend. Additionally, Park and Highland Garages are available, but further from the event. Please note that parking is not available in Second St. or Cherry Ave. Garages.

Where can I sleep?

Anywhere in the Library. We will have dedicated sections on the 4th and 5th floors. There will be no additional lodging provided by Hack Arizona, and no sleeping will be allowed in any venues besides SEL.