Citrus Hack is where hundreds of students from all over the world come together and form teams, aiming to build a project of their own from scratch over the duration of 36 hours. This year, Citrus Hack is going online. Citrus Hack is focused on the brilliant partnership between education and competition.

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$56,636 in prizes

1st Place

4x iPad

4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition
4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
4x $100 Digital Ocean Credits

2nd Place

4x Oculus Quest 2

4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition
4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
4x $100 Digital Ocean Credits

3rd Place

4x Audio Technica Bluetooth Headphones

4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition
4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
4x $100 Digital Ocean Credits

Best Sustainability Hack

4x Allbirds Wool Runners

4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition
4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
4x $100 Digital Ocean Credits

Best Health and Wellness Hack

4x Fitbit Inspire 2

4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition
4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
4x $100 Digital Ocean Credits

Best Cybersecurity Hack

4x SoloKey

4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition
4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
4x $100 Digital Ocean Credits

Best Theme Hack

4x Indoor Tabletop Fountain

4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition
4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
4x $100 Digital Ocean Credits

Most Creative Hack

4x Floating Bluetooth Speaker

4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition
4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
4x $100 Digital Ocean Credits

Best UI/UX Hack

4x Wacom Tablet

4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition
4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
4x $100 Digital Ocean Credits

Best Beginner Hack

4x 1-month Leetcode Premium Subscription

4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition
4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
4x $100 Digital Ocean Credits

1517 Most Novel Hack

1517 will be giving out a $1000 grant with $10K in AWS credits as well to the most novel hack. The team must be in high school or undergrad and interested in continuing to work on their project post-hackathon.

4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition
4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
4x $100 Digital Ocean Credits

Best Start-Up Project (Blackstone Launchpad powered by TechStars)

**Must have at least ONE member of the team be a UCR student**

This category is sponsored by Blackstone Launchpad powered by TechStars. The winners will receive a total of $5000 AWS credit split amongst the team members.

4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition 4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro 4x $100 Digital Ocean Credits

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform (1st Place)

4x Google Cloud branded backpack

4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition
4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
4x $100 Digital Ocean Credits

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform (2nd Place)

4x Google Cloud Bundle

4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|One Personal Edition
4x 1-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
4x $100 Digital Ocean Credits

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a .tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger and a Domain.com Backpack.

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with an embedded Arduino compatible board.

Best use of DataStax Astra

Apache Cassandra is one of the most widely used database technologies in modern computing with a proven track record of scalability. Just ask Apple, Netflix and eBay. Build a hack using DataStax Astra’s Cassandra-made-easy service and gain in-demand skills along with a chance to win Blue Snowball Microphones for you and your whole team. It’s easy to sign up with 5GB free and no credit card needed. Start becoming a Cassandra expert today!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Participants: Admitted students can hack, please apply at citrushack.com to be eligible to hack.
  • Teams: Team membership is capped at 4 members

Requirements

It is the responsibility of the teams to opt into judging criteria categories on Devpost.

Please submit a maximum 2-minute video with your submissions along with your code (either on GitHub which is most preferred or a ZIP file with your code).

Projects without code are subject to disqualification.

Judges

Dr. Brian Crites

Dr. Brian Crites
Software Engineer at PiñataFarms

Dr. Paea LePendu

Dr. Paea LePendu
Assistant Teaching Professor

Dr. Mariam Salloum

Dr. Mariam Salloum
Assistant Teaching Professor

Jed Schwendiman

Jed Schwendiman
Assistant Dean for Development

John Pham

John Pham
Engineer at Highlight

Neal Goyal

Neal Goyal
Technical Program Manager at PayPal

Jacob Poole

Jacob Poole
Electrical Engineer at Applied Medical

Elmer Thomas

Elmer Thomas
Software Engineer at Twilio

Cameron Morin

Cameron Morin
Associate Professional Services Consultant at AWS

Lucca Psaila

Lucca Psaila
ACM@UCR Preisdent

Angela Manlangit

Angela Manlangit
IEEE@UCR President

Aditya Acharya

Aditya Acharya
UCR Alumnus

Puloma Katiyar

Puloma Katiyar
ACM@UCR 2021-2022 President

Eric Ong

Eric Ong
Software Engineer at OpenTable

Hazel Nguyen

Hazel Nguyen
UCR Alumnus

Sandy Tsan

Sandy Tsan
UCR Alumnus

Syris Norelli

Syris Norelli
Autopilot Software Engineer at Tesla

Kelly Downey

Kelly Downey
Lecturer

William Shiao

William Shiao
PhD Student at UCR

Bradley Evans

Bradley Evans
Security Researcher

Vagelis Papalexakis

Vagelis Papalexakis
Assistant Teaching Professor

James Luo

James Luo
UCR Alumnus

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity
    Is the project is more than just sample code from a tutorial? How far down the rabbit hole did the team go with the scope of their project?
  • “Wow” Factor
    Is the concept of the project something that you’ve never seen before? Is the execution of the project done in a unique fashion?
  • Polish
    Does the project look like it’s ready for deployment? Is the project robust from the back end to the end-user?
  • Effort
    Does the team’s pitch exude passion for the idea they worked on all day? Did they experiment with unfamiliar technologies?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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