A new hackathon experience at University of Maryland.

Bitcamp is a place for exploration. You will have 36 hours to delve into your curiosities, learn something new, and make something awesome. With world-class mentors and 1,200+ fellow campers, you're in for an amazing time. Whether you’re a seasoned hacker or completely new to the world of hacking, we’ll have something for you. If you're ready for an adventure, we'll see you by the campfire!

Our History

The idea of Bitcamp was conceived by a group of UMD students back in 2013. “Camp” represented an event that evoked togetherness, warmth, and adventure. “Bit” was the embodiment of tech. Bit+camp = Bitcamp! The first ever Bitcamp focused on the idea of YOU+TECH, where participants (“Bitcampers”) were encouraged to take something they loved and fuse it with technology. The team focused on collaboration, fun, and a commitment to the Bitcamp experience, which are all values we carry forward today.

Build With Purpose

Since its inception, Bitcamp has always been about bringing people together through their love for technology. This year, we want to bridge the gap between our hackers and the rest of our community with our theme “Build With Purpose.” We want to focus on directly impacting local businesses and nonprofits by incorporating real-world problems at the forefront of our challenges. Hoping to shed light towards key issues that are prevalent in our local community, we launched this year’s program, Compass Challenge.


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To go along with the theme, “Build with Purpose,” the Compass Challenge allows your team to focus on a cause that interests you. Just as each of the four cardinal directions of a compass direct travelers to a destination, the four directions of the Compass Challenge represent real-world social challenges that your team can help solve with technology. Your team will have the opportunity to work with local social change organizations from the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas who can provide valuable insight into the social challenge that your team focuses on.

 

Hardware Village Icon    Hardware Village

Ever wanted to learn more about hacking with hardware? Hardware Village is a place where you can explore and learn cool things like soldering wires, building circuits, and programming microcontrollers. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, there will be something available for everyone! Volunteers will be on deck at all times to show you the ropes and be well equipped with all your electronics needs.

 

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If you’re still under the age of 18 by April 12th, you won’t be able to register as a normal hacker for Bitcamp 2019. However, if you’re interested in coming with a group of high school friends and a chaperone or two, email us at hello@bit.camp for more information on how you can be a part of Minors Tent and join in on the fun as a minor!

 

Colorwar Icon   Colorwar

Colorwar is a rapid-fire live-design competition and one of the highlights of Bitcamp. Compete in our online design challenge for a chance to draw in front of a live audience at Bitcamp for some cool prizes! Stay tuned on our social media platforms for more information on how to enter, starting in March!

 

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Through this program, you will have the opportunity to submit a portfolio of your design work for the chance to participate in Bitcamp as a designer. You will act as a mentor and contributor to multiple teams at the event, while developing a portfolio of your designs (your Bitfolio) which will be judged at the end of the hackathon by design professionals. Stay tuned on our social media platforms for more information!

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Prizes

$15,705 in prizes

Best Moonshot Hack - Bitcamp

The most creative, innovative, and imaginative hack that “shoots for the moon.”

The winning team will receive 1 Nintendo Switch, 1 PS4, 1 XBOX One, and 1 SNES (to be split amongst the team members).

Most Entertaining Hack - Bitcamp

Make us go teehee!

Each member of the winning team will receive a Google Home Mini.

Best First-Time Hack - Bitcamp

The Best Hack by a First Time Hacker that shows the most individual growth. Were you able to learn a new skill at Bitcamp and apply it to your project? You must have at least one first time hacker in your team to be eligible for this prize.

Each member of the winning team will receive a Google Home Mini!

[HARDWARE VILLAGE] Best Hardware Hack - Bitcamp

The most creative, technical, and innovative use of circuitry, electronics, or microcontrollers in a hack.

Each member of the winning team will receive a Particle Photon Kit.

[DESIGN DEN] Best Bitfolio - Bitcamp

The Best Bitfolio will be the best overall submitted portfolio of UX/UI designs of hacks from the weekend. Factors considered will be innovation, aesthetics, service to the project/challenge, and the process.

The best designer will win a Bose QC 25!

[Compass Challenge] Best Hack for Fostering Continuous Education - Exerceo

How do we inspire individuals to continuously learn throughout their lifetime?
We challenge you to design a product that will get and keep individuals excited about learning, no matter their stage in life. Think about who might use your product -- is it burnt-out college students? mid-career professionals?

Each member of the winning team will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

[Compass Challenge] Best Hack for Mental Health - Sigma Phi Delta

Mental health is an issue that affects about 1 in 5 adults nationwide. That number increases to 1 in 4 when you narrow the demographics to college-aged adults. Community outreach and wellbeing are core tenants of SPD. We challenge hackers to effectively use software or hardware in their hacks to make a meaningful contribution to mental health quality of care, access, or support.

Each member of the winning team will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

[Compass Challenge] Best Hack for Energy Sustainability - GOEFER

Think about all of the household items that you keep plugged day after day in your home. While keeping electronics plugged in all day may be convenient, we often forget the impact this has on the environment and our bank accounts. Being more aware of our energy consumption and reducing our energy use can help save money on our energy bills, sustain the natural resources we already have, and allow us to provide more hackathons for you to attend.

We will be awarding the most innovative and creative hack that pertains to saving energy through our household electronics or bringing more awareness to the energy waste they produce -- whether it be delivering information about electronics energy usage, finding ways to reduce their energy, or anything else you can think of!

Each member of the winning team will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

[Compass Challenge] Best Hack for X* - Bitcamp

*X denotes a relevant social problem that does not fall into any other Compass Challenge challenge

We will be awarding the most creative and impactful hack that defines a social issue and presents a solution to a real-world problem that we face today.

Each member of the winning team will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

Best App or Site for Investment Advisor Rep Report - FINRA (2)

In the spirit of exploration, we challenge you to create an app or website that encourages users to explore our Investment Advisor Data set from the Investment Adviser Representatives Report. It's totally up to you on what platform, hardware, or software you'd like to use - our only requirement is that our data set is a part of the solution. All participants are automatically entered into a drawing for the Nintendo classic gaming system! The winning team will receive a cash equivalent prize of $3,000!!!

Best Hack with Esri APIs and SDKs - Esri (3)

Develop something cool, something neat, and something inspiring that uses our ArcGIS platform and APIs. Our judging criteria will include problem addressed, technical difficulty, design, and presentation.

The first place team will receive $600 to be split amongst the team members. The second and third place teams will each receive $200 to be split amongst the team members.

Best Financial Hack - Capital One

Projects will be judged on Creativity, Completeness, Complexity.

Each member of the winning team will receive a $350 Amazon Gift Card.

Best Hack for Education - Bloomberg LP

Build a hack that supports bold solutions to improve education (ie. improving college access and success).

Each member of the winning team will receive an Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 LE Limited Edition Wireless Speaker (Phantom).

Best Hack to Visualize Mortgage Loan Performance - RiskSpan (2)

RiskSpan will provide data for performance of mortgage loans (https://uat.riskspan.com/EdgeAPIDoc/#introduction). We are looking for the most innovative way to analyze the data.

Each member of the winning team will receive a $250 Amazon gift card.

Best Data Visualization Hack to Solve a Real-World Challenge - OPIS By IHS Markit (2)

Fun, Creative, Cool, and/or Innovative. Try to solve a problem that faces society today, and think of efficient/innovative solutions to solve it.

The winning team will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card to be split amongst the team members (depending on team size, this prize may be split amongst multiple winners).

Most Realistic Workplace Hack - TCS

Build something that can be implemented in a real work situation!

The winning team will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card to be split amongst the team members.

Best Hack to Democratize Financial Services - PayPal Credit

Create an application that empowers the progress and potential of people all around the world to participate in financial services. Judging criteria: customer focus & understanding, completeness, impact, and creativity.

Each member of the winning team will receive a Google Home (up to four members).

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform Services or APIs - Google Cloud Platform

Build, innovate, and scale with Google Cloud Platform (GCP), a powerful suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products. The goal is simple. Build an awesome project or hack using any GCP cloud service or API!

Each member of the winning team will receive a Google Home Hub, a GCP t-shirt, and $100 in GCP credits.

Bonus: We are offering a raffle for any Bitcamp participants with two winners receiving a Google prize package, including a Google Home Mini, a GCP t-shirt, lanyard, pins, and more! Please complete this form and select "Check in to event" to be entered to win: https://ter.ps/gcpraffle

Best Use of Machine Learning - Metron (3)

Solve an interesting problem with a novel and compelling use of machine learning. Build something fun and creative while also being able to justify your techniques and choices.

Each member of the winning team will receive a $50 gift card. Each member of the runner up team will receive a $25 gift card. Both winning and runner up team members will also receive an interview for an internship position.

Best Digital Forensic Hack - Cipher Tech Solutions

Cipher Tech is giving away four Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Kits to members of the team who design the best application that pertains in some way to digital forensics. Digital forensics topics include but are not limited to: Data carving\reconstruction\recovery tools, finding specific objects (other than faces) in a large collection of digital images, steganography detection or exploitation, registry or memory artifact analysis, encryption detection, anything reverse engineering related, or anything else that could aid investigators who are looking at computers recovered from crime scenes.

Each member of the winning team will receive a CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ (B Plus) Complete Starter Kit (16 GB Edition).

Best React Hack - Lockheed Martin (2)

At Lockheed Martin, we understand that functionality and usability are linked. It’s
not good enough to get something working in the terminal; you need to display
your information in a user interface that is easy to use and visually appealing. For
our challenge, we are asking developers to build whatever they want but use the
React.js library for their user interface. This web technology is used in a variety of
LM programs and we need people with this expertise.

Judging criteria:
- Does the interface provide valuable functionality?
- Does the interface contain multiple integrated components? (Maybe
use Golden Layout API for this)
- Does the interface look visually appealing?
- Does the interface scale to fit multiple displays? (Multiple laptops or
smartphone screens)

Each member of the winning team will receive a swag bag with Echo dots & Lockheed Martin swag.

Best Use of Snap Kit - MLH

Use Snap Kit's web or mobile SDK in your hack.

Each winning team member will receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat or another awesome prize.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com - MLH

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 Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit.

Best IoT Hack using a Qualcomm Device - MLH

Use a Qualcomm device, like the Dragonboard 410C, in your IoT project.

Each winning team member will receive their own DragonBoard 410C.

Best use of Blockstack - MLH

Create an app using the Blockstack Platform. Each winning team member will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card, max 4 per team. The opportunity with Blockstack doesn't end with the event. Any app built with Blockstack during a hackathon that successfully registers for the App Mining program within two weeks of the event will receive an additional $500 reward.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Everyone who applied and was admitted to Bitcamp is eligible to submit their project! Your team can include up to (or less than) four members.

Requirements

Make your project, submit your hack to Devpost and attend the Bitcamp expo to show off what you built. You must demo at the expo and submit on Devpost in order to be eligible for prizes.

Judges

Bitcamp

Bitcamp

The Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences

The Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences

Esri

Esri

JHU APL

JHU APL

Tata Consultancy Services

Tata Consultancy Services

Metron Scientific Solutions

Metron Scientific Solutions

NIH

NIH

FINRA

FINRA

T&M Protection Resources

T&M Protection Resources

Capital One

Capital One

Cipher Tech Solutions

Cipher Tech Solutions

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin

T. Rowe Price

T. Rowe Price

PayPal Credit

PayPal Credit

RiskSpan

RiskSpan

Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Microsoft

Microsoft

OPIS

OPIS

Exerceo

Exerceo

GOEFER

GOEFER

Sigma Phi Delta

Sigma Phi Delta

MLH

MLH

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • User Experience
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?