Prizes

There will be one grand prize winning hack for each track.
The team that best addresses the issues of that respective track will be awarded $750 to a track-related non-profit of their choice.

Energy & Environment

The energy & environment impact track encompasses hacks addressing climate change, sustainability and conservation.

A few examples of hacks that qualify for this track:

  • Hacks that spread awareness of what citizens can do to help conserve resources
  • Hacks that help corporations and businesses assess and visualize their energy consumption
  • Hacks that assist organizations in being the most effective in their particular causes

You can find more ideas, inspiration and examples on the Energy & Environment section of our blog!

Poverty & Inequality

The poverty & inequality impact track encompasses hacks addressing homelessness, personal finance and the underprivileged.

A few examples of hacks that qualify for this track:

  • Hacks that assist existing organizations assess their impact
  • Hacks that spread awareness of certain misconceptions of certain underprivileged groups
  • Hacks that help those on the brink of homelessness assess their financial condition

You can find more ideas, inspiration and examples on the Poverty & Inequality section of our blog!

Health & Wellness

The health & wellness impact track encompasses hacks addressing medicine, mental health and fitness.

A few examples of hacks that qualify for this track:

  • Hacks that spread awareness of certain areas in health that are stigmatized or misunderstood
  • Hacks that spread help diagnose, track and record medical conditions
  • Hacks that assist those in industry visualize, analyze and assess data

You can find more ideas, inspiration and examples on the Health & Wellness section of our blog!

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Education

The education impact track encompasses hacks addressing K-12, higher education and accessibility to education.

A few examples of hacks that qualify for this track:

  • Hacks that improve methods of learning any kind of subject matter
  • Hacks that help administrators analyze, assess and visualize their data
  • Hacks that assist organization and productivity from not only a student's standpoint but an administrative standpoint

You can find more ideas, inspiration and examples on the Education section of our blog!

Additionally, Coursera will be announcing a prize for the winners of the HackDuke event in the Education Track. Included will be a 2-day, 1-night trip (airfare and accommodation only) to visit their SF Bay Area office and have lunch with members of the Coursera team and leadership. Eligible team size is limited to four people max. Prize eligibility will be conditioned upon recipients completing a Coursera waiver and release form.

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There will be a prize for those who are new to programming or attending a hackathon for the first time. The team or individual that creates the best hack that addresses any of the tracks of impact above and meet the requirements for being a novice will be awarded $250 to donate to a non-profit of their choice.

Best Use of Duke APIs

The team who makes the best use of any Duke API that has benefit to the Duke community will win a Innovation Co-Lab grant to continue their project the next semester.

Best Use of the ShareFile API for Social Good

The team that makes the best use of the ShareFile API for social good will win an all expenses paid visit to the Citrix Headquarters in Raleigh for an in-person meeting with the VP of Engineering and the Founder of ShareFile.

Best Code For Good App Built With Bluemix

Gift to eligible institution of over $1000 from IBMers with matching grants and Get Bold book by @sandy_carter.

Best use of the Versal API for Social Good

Versal will be giving away four 2GB Livescribe Echo smartpens to any team that best uses their API for social good!

The Best Use of the Sendgrid API for Social Good

SendGrid thinks developers are awesome. They want to empower you to build cool things. The team who makes the best use of the SendGrid API will be given a Goal Zero Switch Eight Solar Charger and Battery Pack for each team member, so you can stay green while charging your phone and stay powered up on the go.

Best Microsoft Azure Hack for Social Good

Azure Add-ons can be a key accelerator for teams competing at hackathons. Azure Addons are pre-build/full-tested capabilities available through industry standards. Azure Data Marketplace is another capability which offers a collection of datasets that you can use to solve a diversity of real-world problems. The team that best uses Microsoft Azure in a hack for social good wins Dell Venue Pros for their team!