The theme for TechTogether Seattle 2021 is Always Together, Never Apart.

Although are all physically far apart due to the pandemic, we want to show that TechTogether Seattle provides a chance to bring people closer together. Our event aims to show unity, support, and teamwork. We want to uplift and encourage other women and non-binary individuals to get involved in tech even though we might be miles apart. Despite not being together physically, we can still work together to uplift each other and work towards improving our skills and involvement in tech.

At TechTogether Seattle, our mission is to:

  • Empower women and 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://seattle.techtogether.io/

 

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Prizes

$10,144 in prizes

Best Digital Healthcare Hack

With the world fighting against COVID-19, social distancing and quarantining at home has become the new norm. However, with technology and the common goal of increasing accessibility to healthcare, we can come together to develop a powerful tool to fight against it. Each winning team member will receive a Fitbit Charge 4.

Prize: Fitbit Charge 4

Best Presentation

Whether you're skilled in programming or you've got a business streak, an idea is what brings people of different backgrounds together, even if we're physically apart. Challenge yourselves with this hack by teaming up with people with diverse skillsets and develop a stunning idea! Each winning team member will receive a Fujifilm instax Mini Instant Camera + Film Twin Pack Bundle.

Prize: Fujifilm instax Mini Instant Camera + Film Twin Pack Bundle

Best Ed Tech Hack

For females and non-binary individuals exploring stem, education has been a powerful tool for us. Education doesn't stop even if we're living in different time zones and geographical areas. With this hack, develop a tool that aids online education and connects students together during this turbulent time. Each winning team member will receive a JBL FLIP 4 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker.

Prize: JBL FLIP 4 - Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Best Social Activism Hack

As we see the rise of new and old problems, we see many turning to tech as solutions such as petitions, chat applications and social media. Despite this turbulent time, technology has proven to amplify togetherness. Use this hack to collaborate and develop something you believe would help create a better future. Each winning team member will receive $50 to donate to an organization of their choice for fighting for social change.

Prize: $50 donated to an organization of their choice for fighting for social change

Best at "Helping People Connect"

In a time when socialization has become distant, technology comes to the rescue! Devise a hack to bridge this distance and strengthen relationships across physical barriers. Each winning team member will receive a Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa.

Prize: Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa

Most Courageous Hack

This prize is for teams with 3 or more first-time hackers. Each winning team member will receive a $10 Grubhub Giftcard.

Prize: $10 Grubhub Giftcard

Best High School Hack Provided by BU Spark!

The best hack created by a team consisting of all high school students. Each winning team member will get a $20 Amazon giftcard.

Prize: $20 Amazon Giftcard

The Prettiest Hack

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

Prize: $10 Amazon Giftcards

The Ultimate Failed 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.

Prize: $10 Amazon Giftcard

Best AR/VR Hack Sponsored by echoAR

For this challenge, Build the best AR/VR application using the echoAR platform! The only rule is that you must use the echoAR platform. Each team member of the winning team will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card and each team member will win a 1 month-free Business Tier access to echoAR.

Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card and 1 month-free Business Tier access to echoAR

The Wolfram Award Sponsored by Wolfram Language (16)

Judges will be reviewing projects submitted and each team member of the top 16 teams will win a year of Wolfram| One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram| Alpha Pro.

Prize: One-year Wolfram| One Personal Edition and one-year subscription to Wolfram| Alpha Pro.

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.

Prize: PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack

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 will receive a Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack.

Prize: Google Branded Parkland Academy Backpack

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 Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for this category. Each winning team member will receive a Grove Beginner Kit!

Prize: Grove Beginner Kits

Best Use of DataStax Astra

Apache Cassandra is one of the most widely used database technologies in modern computing with a proven track record of scalability. Just ask Apple, Netflix and eBay. Build a hack using DataStax Astra’s Cassandra-made-easy service and gain in-demand skills along with a chance to win Blue Snowball Microphones for you and your whole team. It’s easy to sign up with 5GB free and no credit card needed. Start becoming a Cassandra expert today!

Prize: Blue Snowball Mic

Best Use of AI Sponsored by AI for Anyone

Create a hack that uses AI in the best way. Each member of the winning team will receive a $25 amazon gift card.

Prize: $25 Amazon Giftcard

Best Accessibility (A11y) for All Hack Sponsored By Microsoft

We challenge you to create something that makes technology more accessible for it’s users. Each member of the winning team will win Surface Headphones 2 and a year of access to LinkedIn Learning. There will also be a team prize of $500 donation to a pre-approved charity of the team’s choice.

To enter Microsoft-sponsored challenges (each team may only enter one), you must use a component of Microsoft Azure in your hack.

Prize: Surface Headphones 2 and a year of access to LinkedIn Learning and a team prize of $500 donation to a pre-approved charity of the team’s choice.

Best Gamification for Education Hack Sponsored By Microsoft

Gamification is defined as “the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts”. So, how are you and your team going to help people learn in a fun way? Each member of the winning team will receive an Xbox Series S and a year of Xbox Game Pass. The winning team will also receive a $500 donation to a pre-approved charity of the team’s choice.

To enter Microsoft-sponsored challenges (each team may only enter one), you must use a component of Microsoft Azure in your hack.

Prize: Xbox Series S and a year of Xbox Game Pass and the entire team will receive a $500 donation to a pre-approved charity of the team’s choice

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
  • There are no location restrictions!
  • Men are welcome to mentor, volunteer, judge, or participate as sponsors!

Requirements

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 2-6 people.

Judges

TBD

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?

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