MakeUC is the University of Cincinnati's fall hackathon hosted by IEEE@UC. This 24-hour hackathon allows you to connect with other students, network with industry partners, and gain access to lots of free resources to help you create a great project. We focus on both software and/or hardware projects and are open to all majors and experience levels.
To officially participate in MakeUC and be eligible for prizes you must be officially registered by visiting https://makeuc.io/registration!
We cannot wait to see what you create at MakeUC!
$31,845 in prizes
First Place Overall
Prizes include Apple Watch, Meta Quest 2, Nintendo Switch, Asus Monitor, Atro A50 Headset, reMarkable 2
Second Place Overall
Prizes include Logitech KeyBoard, Airpod Pros, TCL Roku TV, HyperX Wireless Alpha
Third Place Overall
Prizes include G Pro Wireless Mouse + Steel Series Mouse Pad, Cooluli Mini Fridge, 5TB Hard Drive, Insta Camera
Best Green Tech Hack
Green technology projects can be eco-friendly or implement an idea to help reduce damage to the environment.
Prizes include Magneto Skateboard, House of Marley Rebel True Wireless Earbuds, FitBit, JBL Portable Speaker
Best Education Hack
Education projects aim to improve the accessibility of information or upgrade students' learning experiences.
Prizes include Soldering Kit, Arduino Starter Pack, ASUS Gaming Monitor, 5TB Hard Drive
Best Social Issues Hack
Social issue projects use technology to raise awareness and find solutions to issues such as discrimination.
Prizes include ASUS Gaming Monitor, Record Player, JBL Portable Speaker, Arduino Starter Pack
Best Security Hack
Security projects demonstrate security concerns/pitfalls, implement solutions to existing weaknesses, and more.
Prizes include ASUS Gaming Monitor, 5TB Hard Drive, PasswordPocket, House of Marley Rebel True Wireless Earbuds
[IBM & Elevance Health] Best AI-Driven Healthcare Explanation of Coverage Customer Care Solutions
Two winning teams will be chosen. 1st and 2nd place teams will each receive Elevance Health/IBM swag bags and Starbucks gift cards.
See full challenge details here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KrhtIvjzh-AViI_6YEvpDRs8w17wI3XYK5o54cXCkiA/edit?usp=sharing
[PRHI] Patient Safety Technology Challenge
The Patient Safety Technology Challenge includes two types of patient safety awards. The Big Idea Patient Safety Technology Award is designed to generate ideas for a technological solution to address a leading patient safety problem anywhere along the continuum of care with a focus on one or more of the following five problem categories: medications, procedural/surgical, patient care, infections, and diagnostic safety. The Futurist Patient Safety Transformation Award is designed to produce a vision of a radically safer healthcare system leaving all legacy systems behind. The Transformation Award is meant to conceive anew who delivers what care, where, when, and how by incorporating modern technology, new professional roles, and new construction to achieve safe, optimal care.
Winning project receives $500!
[CincyTech] Best implementation of GPT-4 or other LLMs
First place will win a $200 digital gift card divided by the team. Second place will win a $120 digital gift card divided by the team.
[Kinetic Vision] Digital Twinning
Kinetic Vision works with a variety of partners to develop innovative solutions to complex engineering problems. Our Interactive and Simulation groups help several of our customers design and implement virtual environments that replicate their physical facilities. The purpose of these Digital Twins is to provide an analog to enable quick design, testing, and monitoring of live environments. A classic example is a factory, which we can scan and digitize so industrial engineers can simulate and iterate on layouts, workers can train immersively in AR or VR, and engineers can monitor the living plant remotely. For our challenge, we want you to make a rudimentary digital twin. The group with the most immersive, interactive, and innovative digital twin will win a mechanical keyboard for each team member and a custom Kinetic Vision keycap. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1711gPSfFeUQHUUUFjAo3t5TA9N0a-Pxp/view?usp=sharing
[Wolfram Research] Wolfram Award
One year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition plus a one-year subscription to Wolfram|Alpha Pro
Best Use of Google Cloud
Google Cloud Backpack
Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Learn more about the tools and opportunities with Google Cloud by joining the Google Cloud Student Innovators program - goo.gle/student-innovators. Winners will receive a Google Cloud branded backpack!
Be sure to redeem your Google Cloud Credits as soon as possible through the Google Cloud Credit Form. Use the promo code in your pre-event email to access the form!
Best Use of MongoDB Atlas
M5GO IoT Starter Kit
MongoDB Atlas takes the leading modern database and makes it accessible in the cloud! Get started with a $50 credit for students or sign up for the Atlas free forever tier (no credit card required). Along with a suite of services and functionalities, you'll have everything you need to manage all of your data, and you can get a headstart with free resources from MongoDB University! Build a hack using MongoDB Atlas for a chance to win a M5GO IoT Starter Kit for you and each member of your team.
Most Creative Use of GitHub
GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Most Creative Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!
Best Use of Auth0
Exclusive Auth0 Swag made for MLH
Auth0 wants your applications to be secure! Why spend hours building features like social sign-in, Multi-Factor Authentication, and passwordless log-in when you can enable them through Auth0 straight out of the box? Auth0 is free to try, doesn’t require a credit card, and allows for up to 7,000 free active users and unlimited log-ins. Make your new account today and use any of the Auth0 APIs for a chance to win some exclusive swag, including an Auth0 branded Rocketbook and Rubik's Cube!
Best Use of Taipy
Taipy is a powerful yet easy to use open-source Python library for creating full stack web applications! If you’re a Python developer, this library enables you to build interactive and dynamic graphical user interfaces and support them with data-driven backends. All of these functionalities are just a pip install taipy away and can cut your development time in half! Use Taipy in your hackathon project for a chance to win a set of Wireless Headphones for you and each of your team members, as well as a chance to have your project featured on the Taipy website!
Best .Tech Domain Name
Blue Snowball Microphone & a Free .Tech Domain Name for Life!
Make your Team's Achievements timeless: Win a .Tech Domain Name for Life to Showcase and Expand Your Project, Plus 4 Blue Snowball Mics for Effortless Collaboration on Zoom, empowering you to build even more cool things together!
Best Use of AI in Education
TickTime Pomodoro Timer
Artificial Intelligence (AI) models, such as large language models (LLMs), are transforming how we interact with computers. During this weekend's hackathon, we want you to apply AI towards improving education to produce tools that support the quality, accessibility, and equitability of learning in today's classrooms. You can use AI to address any challenge teachers and students face, such as curriculum planning, question selection, teacher training, content generation, personalized feedback, automated grading and more.
For this challenge, we encourage you to draw on your own educational experiences and propose technical solutions to problems you've regularly encountered as students — after all, you are the best to know where our education system needs improvement. Design impactful and effective AI tools for education for a chance to win a TickTime Pomodoro Timer!
Best Use of Soroban
Soroban is an open-source Rust-based developer-friendly smart contracts platform built for scalability. It is interoperable with the layer-1 Stellar blockchain and benefits from the network’s existing global reach and access. With Soroban, developers have the freedom to create applications as borderless as the internet.
Learning how to build Decentralized Applications (DAPPs) using Soroban is easy and fun. Simply follow along with the DAPPs on Soroban challenge by forking either of the Crowdfund or Payment repositories, and make the project your own with personalized customizations! The challenge link even has some simple walk-throughs available to help you get started.
Remember to customize your DAPP using Soroban this weekend for a chance to win a Power Bank for you and each of your teammates!
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Professor of Computer Science, University of Cincinnati
Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati
CEO, iOS Developer, AI/ML Expert
Director of AI, Microsoft
Senior Software Engineer, Farel Inc.
Product Lead, Truework
Product Design Engineer, Cincinnati Sub Zero
Product Design Engineer, Cincinnati Sub Zero
Principal Cloud Architect/Engineer, Microsoft
Data Scientist, Randstad USA
Venkata Karthik Penikalapati
Data Engineer, Salesforce Inc
Abhay Dutt Paroha
Software Engineer, Schlumberger
Team Lead, Itez
Data Scientist, SunPower Corporation
Tech Lead & iOS Developer, Snoonu
Mahendher Govindasingh Krishnasingh
Senior Software Development Manager, Capital One
Senior Front-End Engineer
Senior Software Engineer
Senior Product Manager, Amazon
Software Quality Assurance Professional, West Virginia University
Data Test Engineer, Pluto TV
Principal Software Engineer, American Water
DataOps Engineer, Continental Properties
Senior Software Data Engineer, Unikon IT Inc
Technical Program Manager, AWS
Lead Architect, Farmers Insurance
Lead Member of Technical Staff, Salesforce
Sai Tarun Kaniganti
Software Development Engineer, Amazon
Professor, University of Cincinnati
Senior Software Engineer, LaunchIT Corp.LaunchIT Corp.
Commercialization Navigator, University of Cincinnati 1819 Innovation Hub
Assist. VP for Technology Transfer, University of Cincinnati 1819 Innovation Hub
Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft
Application Innovation Solution Architect, Microsoft
Purpose and Value
Projects may not be submitted to competitions other than MakeUC unless explicitly stated otherwise
Projects may not be developed outside of the MakeUC hacking period (11:30 AM EST on 11/4 - 11:30 AM EST on 11/5)
Projects may not be plagiarized