What is FreyHacks?
FreyHacks, named after the Norse God of Summer, is a summer hackathon designed to introduce students from diverse backgrounds to the hackathon culture.
FreyHacks is for students of all skill levels, and strives to create an inclusive, collaborative and empowering environment for novices and experienced developers alike.
FreyHacks will provide hackers with a plethora of resources and tools, in the FreyHacks Software Lab, to help them develop their ideas.
Join us this summer, from anywhere around the world, for an experience packed with learning, building and sharing to win some really cool prizes! Whether you are a hackathon veteran, or are just starting out, we've got your back!
Is there a theme?
FreyHacks has a broad theme - build any hack that is related to the summer season - whether it's something related to surfing, barbeques by the pool, ice cream, road trips or anything that you like about the summer! We will also have challenge prize categories related to the theme run by Freyhacks and our sponsors, which address deeply impactful problems by building creative and unique solutions to some global and technological challenges we identified that have amazing potential for innovation. PS: you don't need your sunscreen since FreyHacks is a virtual hackathon.
All FreyHacks Devpost submissions must include a demo video not more than two minutes long and a link to a public code repository.
All projects will be judged on the FreyHacks Judging Criteria given on our Devpost, adapted from the MLH Judging Criteria. Judges will weigh the criteria equally. In the DevPost submission/demo video, participants should try to describe what they did for each criterion in their project. These criteria will guide judges but ultimately judges are free to make decisions based on their gut feeling of which projects are the most impressive and most deserving.
$14,395 in prizes
This prize will be awarded to the most impressive project built at FreyHacks as determined by our judges, and all valid submissions to FreyHacks will be entered into this category. Upto 4 members from the winning team will receive a DJI Ryze Tello Drone each, in addition to $250 USD in DigitalOcean credits for the team, and a Wolfram Award (with 1y subscriptions to Wolfram One and Wolfram Alpha Pro worth $375), a copy of Sam Larsen-Disney’s The Hackathon Survival Guide, and a 2022 Hackathon Season Tee and a Winner pin from Major League Hacking for each winning team member.
This prize will be awarded to the next best hack built at FreyHacks, and all valid submissions to FreyHacks will be entered into this category. Upto 4 members from the winning team will receive a Google Nest Mini each, in addition to $250 USD in DigitalOcean credits and a Wolfram Award (with 1y subscriptions to Wolfram One and Wolfram Alpha Pro worth $375), a copy of Sam Larsen-Disney’s The Hackathon Survival Guide, and a 2022 Hackathon Season Tee and a Winner pin from Major League Hacking for each winning team member.
Best Beginner Hack
This prize will be awarded to the best hack built at FreyHacks by a team of beginners. To qualify for this category, your team must consist of at least 50% beginners (first-time hackers). Upto 4 members from the winning team will receive a Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite each, in addition to $250 USD in DigitalOcean credits to the team and a Wolfram Award (with 1y subscriptions to Wolfram One and Wolfram Alpha Pro worth $375), a copy of Sam Larsen-Disney’s The Hackathon Survival Guide, and a 2022 Hackathon Season Tee and a Winner pin from Major League Hacking for each winning team member.
Best Solo Hack
The best solo hack built this weekend will win a GAR Arduino Monster Starter Kit! This ULTIMATE KIT includes FIVE flagship main boards - the Arduino-compatible UNO R3, MEGA 2560, NANO V3, and the ESP32 WiFi + Bluetooth Development Board and the ESP8266 NodeMCU and 500+ individual components featuring the most common sensors and modules like RFID, Ultrasonic Sensor, Real Time Clock, Impact Switch, 3-Axis Accelerometer, LCD, Relay, Servo and Stepper Motor - suitable for beginner or advanced users.
Explore endless possibilities by sharing and learning Arduino together with friends and family.
Best Use of thirdweb
thirdweb provides smart contracts, SDKs and UI components that creators, game studios, and developers can integrate into their apps. Using thirdweb you can create NFTs and custom tokens, manage drops, develop your own white label marketplace, and much more.
You and your teammates can each win gas grants and thirdweb swag to deploy on mainnet by using thirdweb in your next hack. Check out their challenge here: https://thirdweb.notion.site/thirdweb/freyhacks-descr-5b309b86f029473bb07860f0f43bf951
Best Use of AssemblyAI
Secret prize. Shhhh!
The Intro to Python workshop at FreyHacks is brought to you by the team at Codédex, a brand new learn to code platform for Gen Z. In this workshop, you will walk away with foundational Python knowledge and there's a chance to win a few Raspberry Pis in a fun Twitter Challenge that you don't want to miss!
Best Use of NLP with Cohere
Cohere makes Natural Language Processing easy to do with their ready to use online platform. Simply sign-up, claim your free $75 credit, no credit card required, and start training your very own language model directly on the web! You and your teammates can each win a Raspberry Pi 4 Starter Kit by using Cohere in your next hack. Wondering what to build? Cohere is great for text and content generation, text-based search, predictive text and so much more.
Most Creative Use of Twilio
Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and Gamego Console for you and your teammates.
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! Each winner of this prize category gets a GitHub Octocat Puzzle and Sticker Bundle.
Best Use of DeSo
DeSo is the official Web3 sponsor of the MLH Hackathon League and the first Layer 1 blockchain custom-built for decentralized social media applications. While a blockchain like Avalanche costs $0.50+ to store just a 200-character post, the DeSo blockchain is built with custom indexing and storage optimizations which make it 10,000X cheaper to store social content on-chain! In order to qualify for the contest, you must launch an app that writes to the DeSo blockchain and implements DeSo identity. While social media apps are a great fit for DeSo, you can also build financial apps, marketplaces, and more on the DeSo blockchain. For inspiration on project ideas, you can check out some of the existing 200+ apps already live on DeSo at Bithunt.com as well as our DeSo APIs. The Best Use of DeSo gets $100 worth of $DESO coin & an exclusive DeSo branded tumbler!
Dream Big and Create More Cheers with AB InBev
AB InBev is all about bringing people together and creating more cheers for a better world! Using whatever tools, hardware and/or software at your disposal, build a hack that leads us into a brighter future for a chance to win an Anker Wireless Charger Bundle for you and your team.
Remember, AB inBev is looking for innovative projects that can possibly change the world in a positive way! We can't wait to see what you come up with.
Best Domain Name from Domain.com
Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!
Best Use of Typedream
Typedream is a beautiful WYSIWYG no-code website builder that lets you build amazing websites, landing pages, portfolios, blogs, NFT minting projects, blogs, and so much more! Need a landing page for your FreyHacks project? Build it with Typedream, and stand a chance to win 1 year of Typedream Launch for your team!
Best Use of echo3D
echo3D (www.echo3D.co) is a cloud platform for 3D/AR/VR that provides tools and server-side infrastructure to help developers & companies quickly build and deploy 3D/AR/VR games, apps, and content. Use echo3D in your hack to win an Amazon gift card for your team worth $100!
Punk Domains' Challenge
Punk Domains is a permissionless web3 domain protocol. Complete the Punk Domains challenges that will be announced at FreyHacks to win $200 for your team!
Best Use of Wolfram
The latest Wolfram technology stack makes it possible for you to develop and deploy useful applications in minutes.
In the Wolfram Cloud or on local hardware, the Wolfram Language is the ultimate hackathon power tool. With its revolutionary approach of building as much as possible into the language—and automating programming and deployment—the Wolfram Language lets you take big ideas and turn them into reality in the space of a hackathon. Build a hack with Wolfram to win a Wolfram Award for upto 4 team members each in each of the three winning teams.
Best Use of DigitalOcean
Use any of DigitalOcean’s wide array of cloud products and take your hack to the next level! Whether you're looking for data storage, compute power or managed Kubernetes, DigitalOcean has what you need and FreyHacks will provide complimentary credits to get you started. Sign up and start hacking for your chance to win $250 USD in DigitalOcean Credits per team!
Best Use of Framer
Build a hack with any of Framer's products such as Motion, Sites etc and make beautiful websites in minutes. Build the best hacks using Framer to win an year of Framer Pro subscriptions with site staging, visitor analytics, 100GB bandwidth, 10,000 CMS items, 100,000 visitors and so much more for your teams!
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Author of The Hackathon Survival Guide
Lead Developer at Home Credit Bank Kazakhstan
Head of Software Engineering at Techstack Ltd
Senior Data Scientist at JSC Tander
Software Development Engineer in Test, airSlate
SRE Engineer at Natera
Frontend Engineer at FinTech
Senior Android Developer
How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are.
Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before?
These criteria will guide judges but ultimately judges are free to make decisions based on their gut feeling of which projects are the most impressive and most deserving.