HackViolet, hosted by the Association for Women in Computing at Virginia Tech, is a 24-hour female-empowerment hackathon with a specific mission to encourage all individuals to learn about and become change agents for the gender gap in technology by innovating and inspiring with code. We welcome students of all genders, majors, and experience levels! This year's hackathon will be a fully in-person event featuring free swag pick up, food, and fun! Participants will be given opportunities to network with sponsors, participate in events and workshops, and win prizes.
Our hackathon will be hosted on the Virgina Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA.
February 4-5, 2023.
Register for a weekend full of enriching workshops, meeting like-minded individuals, winning great prizes and connecting with top tech companies. For more information, visit hackviolet.com.
- Submit an initial project by Sunday 2/5 at 10:30 AM EST with your selected prize categories to be eligible for prizes. This can be a rough submission with random text, links, etc. You must submit your project to all the prize categories you'd like to be considered for.
- Have all final changes to your project submitted by Sunday 2/5 at 12:30 PM EST, including a 3 minute (maximum) demo video and link to a GitHub repo containing your code.
Note: These are all hard deadlines, so please plan in advance!
$11,758 in prizes
Best Overall Hack
These prizes are awarded to the two teams whose projects excelled in all areas of judging.
1st Place: iPad 10.2 Inch and Apple Pencil 1, per participant
2nd Place: Nintendo Switch Lite, per participant
Best First Time Hack
These prizes are awarded to the two teams composed entirely of first time hackers whose projects excelled in all areas of judging.
1st Place: BenQ 27 in. Monitor, per participant
2nd Place: Sonos Roam Smart Speaker, per participant
HackViolet Honorable Mention
Best overall honorable mention team wins one $100 Amazon gift card per team member.
Best Ut Prosim Hack
Best Ut Prosim hack, gokies! Prize is awarded to the team whose project best services and supports the Virginia Tech community, or any other community.
$100 Amazon gift card per participant.
Best UI/UX Hack
Best UI/UX hack wins their team mechanical keyboards and mice, with one keyboard and one computer mouse per team member.
Best Eco-Friendly Hack
Most eco-friendly, one pair of Airpods Pros 2 per team member.
Best Hack to Support Women
These are prizes awarded to the two teams whose projects creatively tackle issues that women face, aids female-empowerment, combats the gender gap in tech, etc.
1st Place: Microsoft Surface Go 3, per participant
2nd Place: Bose QuietComfort 45, per participant
Best Web Hack Using Flask
Peraton-sponsored! Peraton will provide each team member with Peraton branded backpacks, swag and $100 Amazon gift cards.
Best Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Hack
Captech-sponsored! Captech will be awarding the first place team with CapTech-branded bags full of CapTech swag.
Most Innovative Hack
This prize is awarded to the team whose project exemplifies Bloomberg's value of Innovation. Think bigger, see the world differently, and constantly challenge the status quo.
Winning team will be awarded Nintendo Switches, one per team member.
Best Design Hack
Winner for RSM's Best Design Hack will be awarded a Wifi Pineapple by Hak5, per participant.
This prize is awarded to the team that shows the most interesting implementation of a database, either through its unique design of its usefulness in the application. This prize is open to all coding languages!
Best Digital Forensics Hack
To the winning team, we will be giving away $100 in Amazon egift cards and Cipher Tech Swag bags (including a Yeti tumbler!) to members of the team of up to 4, who design the best application that pertains in some way to digital forensics.
Best use of Google Cloud
Prize: Google Cloud Backpack
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. Winners will receive a Google Cloud branded backpack!
Best Use of MongoDB Atlas
Prize: M5GO IoT Starter Kit
MongoDB Atlas takes the leading modern database and makes it accessible in the cloud! Get started with a $50 credit for students or sign up for the Atlas free forever tier (no credit card required). Along with a suite of services and functionalities, you'll have everything you need to manage all of your data! Build a hack using MongoDB Atlas for a chance to win a M5GO IoT Starter Kit for you and each member of your team.
Best Domain Name from Domain.com
Prize: Domain.com Branded Backpack
Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!
Most Creative Use of Twilio
Prize: Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console
Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Get started with $50 in free credit!
Best Accessibility Hack sponsored by Fidelity
Prize: 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!
Best Visionary Hack
This prize is awarded to the team whose project demonstrated a powerful, creative vision regardless of whether they were able to fully execute the idea.
1st place wins a tile 4-combo pack per participant!
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Judges In Person
The HackViolet team has developed an Excel formulated sheet to perform judging. We've handpicked our judges to ensure varying perspectives and have provided them training to ensure the most fair process for our hackers.