Yar, hackers. Join us aboard the Black Perl for a weekend of hacking and slashing. We'll be sailing the seas and hunting for treasure. There'll be workshops, mini-events, and plenty more for you too.
This event open to hackers, all over the world, who are students at the time of the hackathon or who have graduated within the last 12 months. Students can include high school students, university undergraduate or postgraduate students, and people who are in vocational training such as apprenticeships.
As per our Code of Conduct, there is no discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, economic status, veteran status, disability, or age.
You must submit a 2 minute (max) video demo!
Work must be entirely completed during the hackathon hours.
You must link to a public code repository for your project.
Echo Show 5s and MLH Swag
Anker Soundcore Wireless Earbuds and MLH Swag
Casio Calculator Watches and MLH Swag
Swabbing the Decks Hack
Our best team of at least 50% first time pirates will be taking home a prize to congratulate them on setting sail. They'll receive Arduino Starter Kits.
X Marks the Spot Hack
Help other pirates find the buried treasure in their lives. We're looking for financial hacks and projects. Our favorite hack about money will take home Amazon Echo Dots.
Best Use of DataStax Astra
Leverage DataStax Asta's powerful cloud database service in your project this weekend for a chance to win YubiKey Security Keys. Getting started in minutes with 10 GB free, no credit card needed.
Most Creative Radar.io Hack
Build the most creative hack using Radar's SDKs and APIs for geofencing, location search, and geocoding. Some ideas for location-aware projects include a delivery tracker, campus building locator, and a Find my Friends clone. Winning team members will be eligible to win a Tile Sticker Smart Tracker and a chance to be featured by Radar.
Best Hardware Hack presented by Digi-Key
Build a hardware hack with what you have at home or use emulators to simulate hardware for your hack. The best project will receive Arduino Starter Kits for each team member.
Best Domain Name from Domain.com
Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Domain.com branded 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 Nest Mini.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Major League Hacking
Has this project been done before at hackathons in the past? How creative is their project in solving the problem at hand?
Adherence to Theme
Does the hack adhere to the event's theme? Does it implement that theme fully or just partially?
Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface?
How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?