GrizzHacks 4 is the fourth hackathon at Oakland University, and the largest hackathon in the metro Detroit area. On September 28th-29th, 2019, unite with 300 developers, students and creatives across the Midwest to create innovative software and hardware applications from the ground up. #DreamItBuildIt
All students can participate, as well as those 6 months out of college. If you're not a student, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to mentor or volunteer.
$7,700 in prizes
Stereo + Bone Conducting Headphones for each participating member.
500GB SSD + 32 Inch Monitor + HDMI Cable for each participating member
3D printer + 2 filament colors for each participating member
Best Mobile App
Solar Charger for each participating member
Best Hardware Hack
FreeNova Raspberry Pi Starter Kit for each participant
- This does not include the Pi itself, but is a collection of sensors and other accessories
Best Web App
Anker 2000mAh Powerbank for each participating member
Portable Speakers for each participating member
Best Use UX/Design
Tello Quadcopter Drone with Controller and a Free Ticket to the DevOne Conference for each participating member
Innovative Pizza Ordering App
Echo Dot, Cracking the Code Interview book, Arduino Kit, and 2 Red Wings Tickets for each participating member
Community Class Act Hack
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit and Raspberry Pi 4 Touch Screen with Case for each participating member
Best use of Google Cloud
Google Home Minis for each team member
Best Domain Name from Domain.com
Domain.com branded backpack for each team member.
Best Automation Hack with UiPath
Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and DROCON Drone!
Best use of Transposit
Only 24 hours to create your project? No problem, Create an app and compose different APIs together with the world's first API composition platform, Transposit. Each winning team member will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.
Best Rookie Hack
3D Printing Pens for each participating member
Most Technically Complex
Google Home Mini for each participating member
Most Unique Tech Stack
Oontz Speaker with Case for each participating member
Best Grizz Hack
Giant Stuffed Bear for each participating member
Best Use of DevOps Tools
Cracking the Coding Interview Paperback and Cracking the Tech Career Paperback for each participating member
Best Use of MongoDB
Anker Wireless Charger for each participating member
Best Personal Finance App
2 3D Pen Kits and 2 DROCON Drone with Camera for each team
Best Hack to Improve Automation
Solar Phone Charger and Cable Octopus for each participating member
Most Disruptive Idea (for Technology or Society)
Fire TV Alexa Remote for each participating member
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Director at Test Double and Founder at Selfdot
Software Project Manager at Valeo
Software Engineer at Surge Solutions
Professor at Oakland University
Software Engineer at Light Guide Systems
Quality over Quantity
What technologies a team uses is very important, but it is also worth considering just how well those technologies are implemented. A team with a small tech stack used well should have a stronger weight than a team with a more advanced stack used poorly.
It is all about buzzwords in today’s society. But buzzwords do not always mean a product that delivers on what it promises. Is the project all flash and no substance, or has the team produced a product that lives up to its reputation?
Innovative Proof of Concept
Even if a project isn't fully functioning, examine the thoroughness of the team’s plan and judge how feasible it would be under normal circumstances. Also consider how innovative the project is, and how that might have contributed to its resulting state.
Adaptation to Challenges
Hackers will likely be asked what challenges they faced, and if/how they were able to overcome those challenges. Did they come up with a creative solution? Did the problem lead to a new idea?
Everyone wants to be blown away by technological innovation. How well did this project perform at sparking your interest, and get you excited about what the hackers were presenting? Would you be just as excited interacting with it a second time around?