Intercollegiate hackathon at Northwestern University, Nov. 22-23. Join hundreds of hackers competing for cash prizes while united in their desire to turn visions into reality. Apply at wildhacks.org.

EPIC's mission at Northwestern University is to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. We understand what it's like to have a thirst for solving problems. We've seen firsthand what teams of motivated individuals can pull out of thin air in little time and under intense pressure. And we make it our mission to support students applying their skills in creating tangible solutions to real-world problems. So come join us in November as we host hundreds of hackers competing against each other for cash prizes while united in their desire to turn visions into reality. Come build something great. Come be EPIC.

 

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Eligibility

Any college student willing and able to enter.

Requirements

Please submit at the very least a rough description of your hack.

Judges

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Neal Sales-Griffin
Starter League

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Julia Anaya
Venture For America

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Matt Stimmel
Belvedere Trading

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Peter Halliday
Datastax

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Shy Ruparel
Major League Hacking

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Edward Bridge
IBM

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Justin Woo
PayPal

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Brad Morehead
Lecturer of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management

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Ian Horswill
Associate Professor of Computer Science at Northwestern University

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Wes Dearborn
Entrepreneur

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Tim Benroeck
Developer Evangelist at Microsoft

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    The hack should be unique and interesting. This can range from a new spin on a known idea (e.g. Uber for classrooms) to completely outlandish ideas (e.g. API t for tables). The hack should be something damn cool you’ve never seen before.
  • Usefulness
    Doesn't have to be business-ready or productivity-boosting. Should have the potential for people to find a use for it. So anything from a javascript framework for sending smells to a data visualization for crimes in the countryside.
  • Technicality
    The hack should be technically impressive for 24 hour project. They should have code and a functioning prototype. Anything from frameworks, apis, algorithms to interesting languages can added to the technical difficulty of the project.
  • Polish/Design
    Should look or work beautifully. The closer it looks and feels to a professional-grade application, the better. For more technical projects, polish pertains more to the ease of use (e.g. how easy is it to implement the api or use the javascript library.