hackUST is a 24-hour coding event where programmers, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs come together for two days to turn their boldest ideas into reality.

hackUST is a 24-hour coding event where programmers, designers,engineers, entrepreneurs come together for 2 days to turn their boldest ideas into reality.

This year hackUST is based around 4 main themes. 
Your team can choose to make a product that fits into one of these and compete for the prizes 
of a combined value of more than 100,000 HKD.
If you want to carry out an entirely different idea - simply go for the Creative section!

For more information, visit http://hack.ust.hk

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Prizes

$168,000 in prizes

MadHack Second Runner Up

Second Runner Up Prize for Mobile Gaming Theme.

Bank of East Asia App for Lifestyle

Sponsored by Bank of East Asia (BEA): HKD 30,000 awarded to winning entered team for FinTech Theme

Google Anita Borg Birthday Celebration Prize

Sponsored by Google Anita Borg Scholarship: HKD 15,000 awarded to winning team entered for Women Tech Theme

Microsoft Student Spark Award

Surface 3 Laptop awarded to winning team entered for Creative Theme

BlackPine Audience Favorite

Audience Favorite at HackUST 2016: HKD 5,000 awarded to selected team

BlackPine Most Interesting Clip

Most Interesting Clip at HackUST 2016: HKD 3,000 awarded to selected team

Radix HackUST 2016 Award

Radix HackUST 2016 Award, awarded to selected team: HKD 5,000 awarded to the team; each team member gets HKD 50 worth of Amazon gift cards and a domain name

HKUST President's 1-HKUST Student Award (2)

Awarded to the two best teams with current HKUST students

Radica Think-Out-Of-The-Box Award

Awarded to the team with the most innovative idea

HKUST MBA Technology Club Award

Awarded by the HKUST MBA Tech Club

MadHack First Runner Up

First Runner Up prize for Mobile Gaming Theme.

MadHack Winner

First Place Winner for Mobile Gaming Theme

HKUST President's 1-HKUST Alumni Award

Awarded to the best team with at least one HKUST alumnus

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Current students and alumni from any tertiary institution in Hong Kong.

Requirements

Code submission is voluntary but encouraged. Making your code public allows other people to learn from your work and may also lead to career opportunities.

We also encourage your team to write at least a paragraph describing what you worked on. Please feel free to add photos or videos of your team's work, which we may feature your team's photos in our future websites and promotional videos.

Judges

Terrence Tsang

Terrence Tsang
Chief Technology Officer, Madhead

Kilroy Ho

Kilroy Ho
Assistant Producer, Madhead

Raymond Leung

Raymond Leung
Development Manager, Madhead

Howard Lau

Howard Lau
Head of Project and Innovation Management, BEA

Cyril Chan

Cyril Chan
Head of Information Technology Department, BEA

David Rosa

David Rosa
Co Founder, Neat Ltd

Nickey Khemchandani

Nickey Khemchandani
Chief Technology Officer, BSD Code; Women Who Code

Karen Farzam

Karen Farzam
Founder, WHUB; Women Who Code

Veronique A. Lafon-Vinais

Veronique A. Lafon-Vinais
Professor, HKUST Business School

Francis Kwok

Francis Kwok
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Radica

Yusuke Ohata

Yusuke Ohata
President, HKUST MBA Technology Club

Donny Siu

Donny Siu
Associate Director of E-Center; Student Affairs Office, HKUST

Judging Criteria

  • Mobile Gaming
    Design/UX, Technology Difficulty, Uniqueness, Presentation, Q&A Period, Addictiveness (user retention)
  • FinTech
    Design/UX, Technology Difficulty, Uniqueness, Presentation, Q&A Period, Is there a market need + scalable + revenue model?, Security
  • WomenTech
    Design/UX, Technology Difficulty, Uniqueness, Presentation, Q&A Period, Is there a market need + scalable + revenue model?, Relevance to women
  • Creative
    Design/UX, Technology Difficulty, Uniqueness, Presentation, Q&A Period, Is there a market need + scalable + revenue model?, Distinctly not WomenTech / FinTech/ MobileGame,