Why attend TechTogether Chicago's virtual hackathon?
- Connect with early-talent recruiters at notable companies like Capital One and Robinhood at our career fair!
- Develop and grow your skill-set with 24-hour access to mentorship.
- Access to over 30+ technical and professional development workshops for hackers of all skill levels.
- Build a project (optional) that will help your resume stand out.
Don't want to compete? Not sure if hackathons are for you?
Hackathons can be overwhelming. If you don't want to build a project at the event, you don't have to! You can just attend the workshops and fun activities. We even have a prize for the hacker that attends the most events during the hackathon.
Did you know that last year TechTogether hackathons had an average 98% recommendation rating?
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TechTogether Chicago is a chapter of TechTogether, the nation's largest initiative to address the gender inequities in the hackathon community.
TechTogether is credited in part with increasing the representation of women and non-binary people in the hackathon community by 18% to 39% from 2019 to 2020. (Source: MLH 2020 State of the League Report)
To learn more about TechTogether, visit our website.
Visit the event website here: https://chicago.techtogether.io/ If you're interested in participaiting in TechTogether Chicago, please register on Devpost AND our eventbrite:
You will not be able to join unless you sign up for the Eventbrite as well!
Please make sure you read ALL the requirements before submitting your project. Don't hesitate to email us if you have any questions.
1. Work must be entirely completed during the hackathon hours.
2. You must submit a 2 minute (max) video demo!
3. You must be on a team of 2-4 people.
6. You can submit your project to other hackathons if they also allow it.
7. Must be 14 years old or older
8. Identify as a person of marginalized gender. This includes transgender women, cisgender women, transgender men, non-binary individuals, and all gender identities which have been systematically oppressed by those in power throughout history. Cis-gender men are not allowed to participate as hackers.
9. If you are living outside the United States and win a prize you will be wired the value of your prize via PayPal in one of the following currencies: AUD, BRL, CAD, CHF, CZK, DKK, EUR, GBP, HKD, HUF, ILS, JPY, MXN, MYR, NOK, NZD, PHP, PLN, RUB, SEK, SGD, THB, TRY, TWD, and USD. If do not have PayPal or you live in a country that does not accept any of the currencies above then you are not eligible to win any TechTogether prizes.
$3,070 in prizes
Most Courageous Hack #1
This prize is for teams with 2 or more first-time hackers. Each team member will receive a Binary Beauty T-Shirt. Each winner can select their preferred size and design.
Most Courageous Hack #2
This prize is for teams with 2 or more BIPOC-identifying hackers. Each team member will receive a Dress Code Sweatshirt. Each winner can select their preferred size and design.
Most Courageous Hack #3
This prize is for teams with 2 or more hackers that are currently enrolled or recently graduated from a Bootcamp (or training program) or community college. Each team member will receive a Binary Beauty T-Shirt. Each winner can select their preferred size and design.
Best High School Hack
The best hack created by a team consisting of all high school students. Each team member will receive a $25 Gift for Goods virtual gift card.
This prize is for the hack with the best design and UI/UX. Each team member will receive a Marynguyenco t-shirt. Each winner can select their preferred size and design.
Ultimate Failed Hack
This prize is for the team who dreamed big and failed hard. Each team member will receive a Pound Cake Lipstick. Each winner can select their preferred color.
Most Open-Minded Attendee
This challenge is for the attendee that attends the most events during the hackathon. Events include workshops, keynotes, career fairs, and fun activities. If it is on the TechTogether schedule, then it counts towards this challenge! The purpose of this challenge is to show our hackers that you don't need to build a project at a hackathon to participate and have fun. One lucky hacker will receive a LIMITED EDITION pink or blue Steminist Sweatshirt. The winner can select their preferred size and color.
Hack for Chicago with Microsoft
Get your group together and do some research on – Chicago! Build a project that captures a part of the city’s history or works to solve a challenge the city currently faces. To enter this challenge, we ask that you use at least one of the following tools to create your masterpiece: Visual Studio Code, GitHub, and/or Azure.
Prize: 1-Hour group mentoring session with a Microsoft engineer AND each winning team member will receive a $150 gift card to the eCompany Store.
Best Financial Hack with Capital One
Capital One would like to challenge TechTogether Seattle to create the best financial hack. Money impacts much of our lives and we would like to promote change for good. The winning team members will be awarded $200 Amazon gift cards.
Best Financial Literacy Hack with Robinhood
Best Digital solution that helps existing and prospective Robinhood users educate themselves around/better understand cryptocurrencies and mobile trading. The winning team will receive mentorship sessions from Robinhood Engineering Managers.
Best Data Hack
As we move toward the future, we will have much more data to work with. This hack is one that uses data in a way that provides insights, predictions, or embellishments to an application. The prize for this category is the winner’s choice or a reusable rocketbook notebook, a paperlike screen protector, or a $40 amazon gift card.
Hack Most Likely to Be Used in 2090
The future is paved through innovation. This hack is a unique project that will not only lead us to the future, but still be heavily used in it. The prize for this category includes a $25 gift card to Bon femmes and a $25 gift card to einnim.
Most Accessible Hack
An innovative future needs to be one that is accessible to all. The most accessible hack is one that either addresses filling an existing accessibility issue or one that makes itself incredibly accessible to all, by creating an excellent User Experience. The prize for this hack is an Amazon Echo.
Make your own Data Workspace to help a Local Pizzeria Optimize Operations and Reduce Their Carbon Footprint with Celonis
Yee haw, and welcome to the 2022 TechTogether Chicago Celonis Challenge! From Raleigh to Chicago to Madrid to Madrid, we tip our hats and extend a warm howdy from our team to yours! This year, Celonis is combining all the right ingredients for a fun, easy, and beginner friendly submission. You’ll be learning about data and explore how it’s used to optimize pizza delivery AND reduce carbon emissions. Whether you are a pepperoni fan, margarita style lover, or just want to save the planet one pizza at a time, this challenge is for you. Watch the tutorial video below, then follow step by step below to complete the Celonis challenge. Check out the tutorial video for helpful hints here. Written step by step instructions: 1. Navigate to the process analytics tab in the Celonis tool. 2. Click on the workspace entitled “Pizza Carbon Emission” workspace. You should see an analysis workspace entitled “Pizza Delivery: Carbon Footprint”. This is a great template that can give you ideas for your own workspace. For today’s challenge you’ll be making your own. 3. To create your workspace, click the button entitled “New Analysis”, and give your hackfest workspace a name. Click Create. 4. Click on your newly created personal workspace. You should now see options for creating your new workspace. Click on “New App”. 5. Start creating your custom workspace! Click “Add Component” and get started. Feel free to get creative, and think about the components Pizzeria Mamma Mia might want to see. Need help? You can always refer to the tutorial video. Submission: Once you’ve finished creating your workspace, take a screenshot of it and upload your picture to submit.
Top three finishers will receive a networking call and lunch with Celonis executives.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
How well was the project presented? Did it make the hack more compelling? Did it give a good idea of its purpose?
Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?