Tinker, test and build!

The Raccoons is a community that empowers students who are eager to learn by providing a platfrom for them to explore, build, and create. With the sudden changes our world is facing, now it is more important than ever to facilitate a general knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills, as those are increasingly important to almost all fields.

We are thus bringing the idea of an online hackathon to life aimed at students with any level of experience that will foster an environment for curiosity towards tech and exploration by offering workshops and mentors, teaching the basics of coding and technology.

Here is a detailed list of steps for you to follow:

STEP 1

I order to participate in the hackathon you need to register right here in Devpost. Check the Tracks in the Prizes section. The idea should be a project that you havent done before and the first day of the hackathon 8th of May should be the first day you start coding it. 

After registering head to the Submissions folder and submit your idea/team by 8TH of May 3PM GMT+3.

THIS IS MANDATORY FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS. ANY TEAM THAT DOES NOT SUBMIT THEIR PROJECT IDEA BY 3PM ON THE 8TH OF MAY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMPETE FOR THE PRIZES. 

You will be able to change and update all of these details once you move forward in the hackathon. But you need to submit this in order to apply for winning the prizes! 

In your Submission in Devpost include:

  • Temporary team/project name
  • Description(it can be very vague at this point). 
  • Track to which you would want to submit it in
  • Slack channel for organisers to be able to find you and communicate with you if necessary. In case you are working solo, you also need to create your own Slack channel with your project's name.

 

STEP 2

Join our Slack community. Introduce yourself, get to know people, post your idea and find new teammates or also find ideas and people that you would want to join in with. Slack will be our main communication channel throughout the event and the main place for you to not only chat with other but ask help from mentors Link here

STEP 3

Check the Rules section and have a read through our Code of Conduct and Guidelines (this also includes a detailed list of Slack channels and submission requirements). 

STEP 4

Make the most out of the two days at the hackathon. Check out the agenda in our website or right here in Devpost and make sure you dont miss out on any key dates. Join in on the opening ceremony on the 8th of May, follow along the nifty online workshops we have prepared for you together with our sponsors and participate in the entertainment activities. Apart of that we will designate mentors to each team specifically so that you are always aware of whats going on. 

View full rules

Prizes

Data Everything + Best Use of Domain + Your Hack

Overall Best Hack

We will also pick the favourite overall project across the tracks of the hackathon that will receive the best hack award.

Creative Coding + Game Jam

Participant Vote

After the submission each of you will get a chance to judge your peers submissions and compete for the favourite community prize.

Sponsor Track - AR/VR

Create a game, app or website with Virtual or Augmented Reality. The only rule here is that you need to use the Echo AR platform to build your idea to qualify for the prizes. You can find the platform and more tutorials here -> https://www.echoar.xyz/

Space Track - High School Students

Humanity is taking its first steps in space. Whether it’s a base on Mars or an encounter with an alien civilization - we will for sure need new apps to help us with these new challenges. And it is your mission to make one such app. Will you help colonists track Martian time and weather or will you teach aliens our languages and social norms? It’s up to you!

Riga Business School will offer a fully paid scholarship to one high school student who will have a chance to attend their BITL Baltic It leadership program.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Participants: Individuals until the age of 25

Teams: 1-6 people

Countries: All countries are accepted, but we will follow the GMT+3 timezone

Requirements

What we expect within your final submissions is a technical prototype for an idea. It can be anything - app, website, game, data visualisation as long as you and your team have built it. We dont want to see PowePoint presentations, we want to see what you have coded and what you have learned in these last 48hrs. The idea should be something that you start working on at the first day of the hackathon and not before that. 

What you need to submit is a link to your code where we can access it for example on GitHub or the like and a link to a video of max 3mins explaining:
the idea,
the process,
the technical solutions,
any problems you ran into and
who are the people who built it if you werent the only one. 

Judges

Lina

Lina
Raccoons

Evija Celma
StartIT

Paulis Svilans
Edurio

Mazen Zibara
MAK IT

Paula Elksne
RBS

Alon Grinshpoon

Alon Grinshpoon
EchoAR

Judging Criteria

  • Idea
    How original and thought through is your idea and how well it integrates into the track you have chosen to enter it in.
  • Technology
    What have you learned within this process and how have you progressed with your technical skills.
  • Design
    The visual execution of your project, how well have you though through about the design of it and the user experience.

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