Hack uncommon. Think uncommon. Be uncommon.

uncommon hacks is a weekend-long celebration of technology where college students from everywhere come to Chicago to make fun, random, and innovative tech-related projects with friends old and new. you’ll work in a small team to design and build a creative project from start to finish in a weekend, learning and having fun in the process.

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Uncommon Hacks Judges

Uncommon Hacks Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Technically Impressive
    Does the product function completely? How much of the functionality was written by the competitors themselves as opposed to open source code/APIs (self written is better)?
  • Innovative
    Is the idea unique, compared to other ideas seen in the real world and / or when comparing to other projects within the Hackathon? Does it solve a problem, no matter how silly?
  • Design
    Is the organization of the product sound? How well did the competitors think out each of the steps that their idea took? What is the quality of the user interaction? Is the project easy to understand and use?
  • Presentation
    Was the presentation clear in explaining the features? Were the presenters able to explain their inspiration and approach? Can the competitors describe the trade offs they made in development and justify their decisions? Was it entertaining?