About DeisHacks

  Welcome to Deishacks! To learn more about our non-profit partners and register head to: http://deishacks.com/     Hosted by the Brandeis MakerLab partnered with the Brandeis International Business School, this year's 'Deis Hacks is a 48-hour design competition targeted at real world solutions.   This social design challenge focused on disequity sources our hack-challenges from the 15 not for profits and social enterprise organizations local to Waltham. Instead of having a single hackathon challenge, this event's theme will fuse design thinking, digital fabrication & social impact to work on real world solutions for non-profit companies. Each hackathon team will chose a design challenge from Waltham's diverse non-profit community they find compelling to focus on.   Welcome to #deisHacks    

Why DeisHacks?

  Our hacks are identied by 15 local non-prot organizations in which Brandeis students serve as non-voting Board Fellows. A hackathon is typically a technology-focused event, however we’ve looked beyond computer science enthusiasts, integrating students of all majors, to help serve local non-prot needs.    

Community Impact

  Last year’s winning hack was a multi-language text app to bridge the Waltham Boy’s and Girl’s club’s challenge of low participation rates amongst non-english speakers. Because Brandeis Board fellows had prior knowledge of the club’s operations, the assigned hackathon team was able to identify the club’s diculty as language-barrier driven.

 

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$6,100 in prizes

Best Technical Hack

Non-Technical Game Changer

Hidden Gem Award

Top Prize for Highest Organizational Impact

Best Marketing Hack sponsored by Hubspot - Sales and Marketing Strategy Consulting Session

Best no-code hack powered by bubble.io - $1000 in bubble.io credits

Wolfram One Award: Top 3 API and Tech Hacks (3)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Any 18+ undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in any academic institution.

Requirements

1. Work must be entirely completed during the hackathon hours.

2. You must submit a 3 minute (max) video demo! Judges will only consider the video - they will not consider any text or links submitted - if you want to show those, you have to put them in the video itself.

3. You must be on a team of 2-6 people!

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 nonprofits 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?

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