A global hackathon targeted empowering passionate youths to tackle current global issues through computer science by providing industry mentorships and inspiring hackathon experiences.

Hack The World is synHack's first hackathon, held virtually and open to all students around the globe. Our mission is to empower passionate youths to tackle current global issues through computer science by providing industry mentorships and inspiring hackathon experiences.

With five different tracks including environment, health, education, inequality, and poverty, participants will be able to work with other youths all over the world to solve various issues. Through this supportive community, attendees advance their programming/technical knowledge.

 

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Prizes

$94,639 in prizes

Sustainability Track (3)

First Place
- $100 Gift Card of Your Choice
- $200 Bugsee Credit
- 2x $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 6-months of 1Password per team member
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Second Place
- $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Third Place
- $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Education Track (3)

First Place
- $100 Gift Card of Your Choice
- $200 Bugsee Credit
- 2x $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 6-months of 1Password per team member
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Second Place
- $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Third Place
- $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Humanitarianism Track (3)

First Place
- $100 Gift Card of Your Choice
- $200 Bugsee Credit
- 2x $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 6-months of 1Password per team member
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Second Place
- $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Third Place
- $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Inequality Track (3)

First Place
- $100 Gift Card of Your Choice
- $200 Bugsee Credit
- 2x $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 6-months of 1Password per team member
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Second Place
- $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Third Place
- $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Health Track (3)

First Place
- $100 Gift Card of Your Choice
- $200 Bugsee Credit
- 2x $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 6-months of 1Password per team member
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Second Place
- $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Third Place
- $100 DigitalOcean Credit
- 5-months of testmail.app per team member

Best Use of echoAR

Winners MUST use echoAR platform in their project to be eligible for a reward

- $50 Amazon Gift Card
- One free month Business Tier Access to echoAR ($89 Value)
- A feature in echoAR newsletter sent to investors

Wolfram Award (100)

This award is for a year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

The top 100 participants will receive this award valued at $375.00.

Attendee Perks

Available to all attendees that register!

- GitHub Student Pack - $45,000 worth of technologies
- $20 Linode promo credit for all participants
- Balsamiq 90 Day Perk
- WEGLOT discount code

Open Water Accelerator Internship (5)

Top 5 OVERALL teams will win an internship from Open Water Accelerator. They’ll also be providing priority interviews for any team or participant that stands out.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

This hackathon is open to all students, including high/middle school students, students in bootcamps, and college undergraduates and graduates. No coding experience needed!

Team sizes can range from 1 to 6 members. If you need to find a team, we will host team formation activities once the hackathon starts. 

Requirements

Main Requirements:

  1. Register and create a product to solve one of our 5 tracks: Humanitarianism, Sustainability, Health, Education, Inequality.
  2. All ideas and most code must be yours! Give credit where credit is due for APIs, assets, etc.
  3. Code and materials must all be produced within the hackathon's time. 

Submit the following materials: 

  1. A demo video (linked through your Devpost submission on YouTube). Your video should include a demo of your working application. 
  2. A complete submission form on Devpost before the deadline.

Judges

Alon Grinshpoon

Alon Grinshpoon
CEO of echoAR

David Bromberg

David Bromberg
Founder & Partner at Open Water

Huy Do
Software Engineer at Amazon

Dawn Larsen

Dawn Larsen
VP of Technology Operations, Starbucks

Nghia Tran

Nghia Tran
Software Engineer at Google

Melissa Wrenchey

Melissa Wrenchey
Tesla STEM Teacher

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Has this project been done before at hackathons in the past? How creative is their project in solving the problem at hand?
  • Technology
    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 make you go "wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface?
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
  • Adherence to Theme
    Does the hack adhere to the track they have specified? Does it implement that track theme fully or just partially?

theme

  • Social Good