Spectra is hosting a hackathon for those who identify as gender minorities in tech! Come hack with us!!

Spectra hosts annual hackathons made for underrepresented genders and communities in tech in order to act as an agent of change for more diversity in the world of computer science and engineering.

This year, our hackathon, Spectra 4.0, will be virtual! We happily invite you to attend to work on a project of your own, to join in on tech-related/ job development-related workshops, to connect with tech professionals, and more! 

If you have questions, you can reach out to us on Instagram @sospectra and Twitter @sospectra or at our email address: hello@sospectra.com

Link for Spectra 4.0 Hacker Registration | Link for Spectra 4.0 Mentor Registration

 

Hacker Perks: 

  • $25 Google Cloud Credit
  • 90-day extended trial for Balsamiq Cloud
  • Free Business Tier access to echoAR's platform during the event
  • Taskade Unlimited 

View full rules

Prizes

$3,658 in prizes

1517 Grant Prize for Most Novel Hack

- $1K grant, $10K of AWS credits, and continued mentorship from the 1517 team for the most novel hack we see.

Must be in undergrad or high school to be eligible and planning to continue working on the project after the event concludes.

- Spectra Swag

Best Beginner Hack

Per Team Member:
- A copy of Cracking the Coding Interview
- imagiCharms
- $100 Bugsee Credit
- Spectra Swag

Spectra's General Hack

Per Team Member:
- Star Projector
- $60 Gift Card of Choice
- Spectra Swag

*Bonus points if it's Space Themed*

Mercury Track: Best Safety & Security Hack

Per Team Member:
- Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset
- Alloy Core RGB Membrane Keyboard
- Spectra Swag

Venus Track: Best People Empowerment Hack

Per Team Member:
- Benefit Goodie Bag
- Spectra Swag

Earth Track: Best Sustainability Hack

Per Team Member:
- Sunrise Alarm Clock
- Hydro Flask Water Bottle
- Clerky Company Lifetime Package
- Spectra Swag

Best use of echoAR

- $50 Amazon Gift Card
- Feature on EchoAR Newsletter
- Spectra Swag

Best use of Typeform API

Per team member:
- Typeform Pro for a year
- $60 Gift Card of Choice
- Passion Planner
- Spectra Swag

Category Challenge: Best Use of Google Cloud - COVID-19 Hackathon Fund

Google Cloud is offering up to $5,000 in cloud credits & Guidance from Google Developers to select hackathon projects focused on building solutions for challenges related to COVID-19

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Participants:

  • Anyone who identifies as a gender minority or underrepresented community in tech can register to hack! 
  • Teams between 1 to 4 people are allowed.

Requirements

Please make sure that your submission...

  1. Was not created before the hacking period began (August 8, 2020 at 10:00a PST)
  2. Is not a continuation hack (adding new features to an old project)
  3. Is not being cross-submitted to other events
  4. Has a <2-minute video submission along with it

Judges

Spectra

Spectra

  Brian McSwiggen

Brian McSwiggen
Software Engineer at Google

Jesslyn Tannady

Jesslyn Tannady
Technical Program Manager at Facebook

Joseph Zhong

Joseph Zhong
Research Engineer at Facebook Reality Labs

Chris Jones

Chris Jones
Product Manager at New York Road Runners

Angelo Saraceno

Angelo Saraceno
Product at Citrix

Sarah Barden

Sarah Barden
Product Management at Botkeeper

Andrew Deaver

Andrew Deaver
Software Engineer at Kensho Technologies

Aedan Dispenza

Aedan Dispenza
Senior Cloud Systems Developer at Cloudreach

Judging Criteria

  • Originality/Creativity
    Is this project unique? Does it include features or other aspects that we haven’t seen before? What does it do differently/better than other tools or projects that exist?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the project technically complicated and executed well? Does the project demonstrate a good understanding of the tools used?
  • Polish/Design
    Does the project look good? Does the interface flow well and make sense to users?
  • Usefulness/Impact
    Does the project solve a problem? Can this project be expanded on with more time and resources? Can the project be implemented?