HackHolyoke is a 24-hour hackathon hosted every year by students at Mount Holyoke College, one of the first historically women’s colleges in the US. Initiated in 2014, we have strived to be an inclusive hackathon that unites young innovators from a variety of backgrounds. With over 50% of HackHolyoke attendees identifying as women and/or first-time hackers, our hackathon aims to represent what we hope the tech industry will look like.

HackHolyoke 2022 will take place on November 12-13th, 2022 with a hybrid, digital focus with in-person tea breaks, information sessions, and workshops.

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Prizes

$505 in prizes

Best Beginner's Hack

The more we interact with the computer on a daily basis, the more people want to learn to code. Try to create a platform for the newbie to this community. Everyone has a day as a beginner. Think about your challenges and struggles when you started learning about coding. Which tools and resources do you wish to know earlier?

The winning team for this category will each receive a Bluetooth keyboard and a Laptop Stand

Best Remote Health/Telehealth Hack

The demand for telehealth tools has increased greatly in recent years, especially after the first outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020. How can you make remote health care services more accessible and help better others’ physical and mental health?

The winning team for this category will each receive a Fitbit and an Alexa

Best Environmental-Focused Hack

Passionate about the environment? Create a project that is meaningful to you and find the best solution for problems centered on sustainability, energy use, climate change, and environmental monitoring!

The winning team for this category will each receive a Beats Solo3 Headphone!

Best Innovative Hack

Got a knack for creativity? Not sure if your project fits into the other challenges? Then this challenge is for you! This challenge is for projects that show exemplary work of visuals and originality.

The winning team for this category will each receive a Star projector, Bluetooth speaker & an Instant photo printer!

Best Social Good Hack

Passionate about leveraging your programming skills to leave a positive impact on society? Pool your ideas in for minimizing the gender gap in tech, promoting safety, or innovating to solve a problem that affects your society. Choose a societal issue that you want to create a change for!

The winning team for this category will each receive a Star projector & an Instant photo printer!

[MLH] Most Creative Use of GitHub

GitHub Octocat Puzzle & Sticker bundle / GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Most Creative Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!

[MLH] Best Accessibility Hack sponsored by Fidelity

Fidelity Branded Wireless Charger / At Fidelity, accessibility is viewed as a major key to the success of their business, which is why they are challenging you to come up with innovative ways to make tech more accessible! We want you to use your hacking skills to find and build solutions that put opportunities and resources within reach to all communities. The team with the best accessibility hack will win a Fidelity branded wireless charger for each team member!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Dovan Rai

Dovan Rai
MHC Faculty

Derek Young

Derek Young
MHC Faculty

Dixon Williams

Dixon Williams
MHC Faculty

_Tayloe

_Tayloe
MHC Faculty

Alyx Burns

Alyx Burns
MHC Faculty

Samantha Price

Samantha Price
PowerAdvocate

Emmanuella Nsiah

Emmanuella Nsiah
MasterCard

Debosmita RoySaha

Debosmita RoySaha
MasterCard

Judging Criteria

  • Ease of Use
    Is the program easy to use? Does it have a clear user interface? Is it accessible?
  • Ambition
    Is the usage of the technology/goal of the project ambitious and challenging?
  • Innovation
    Does the technology/design break new ground? Does it attack a new problem and provide a good solution?
  • Functionality
    Is the project fully functional (90-100%)? Does it meet intentions?

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