DevFest is an annual week-long workshop series and hackathon held at Columbia University.

Hosted by Columbia's largest technical student group, ADI, DevFest has always served as an opportunity for students from across the Columbia community with all experience levels to come together and learn about technology. With more than 300 student attendees annually, DevFest is the largest technology event held at Columbia.

No experience is necessary, and the only requirement for attendees is that they are affiliated with either Columbia or Barnard (students, faculty, etc.).

Requirements

For all projects, the following is required: 

For design projects: Must include product graphics (i.e. screenshots of a prototype)

For software projects: Must include product code.

DevFest will not be accepting any hardware hacks.

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Prizes

$3,450 in prizes

Best Overall Hack

$750 cash prize

Runner-up Hack

$500 cash prize

Best Algorand Hack

$300 cash prize split among team members
+ a Ledger Nano X for each team member

Projects must use Algorand and will be judged on the following criteria: usability, creativity, use of Algorand features (ASAs, Smart Contracts, Atomic Transfers), source code, and overall presentation.

Algorand starter pack: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15Q18LsfC0vc0w4fI3L1goOmsb5nkY6ISDkjaEd1QU3U/edit?usp=sharing

Runner-up Algorand Hack

$150 cash prize

Projects must use Algorand and will be judged on the following criteria: usability, creativity, use of Algorand features (ASAs, Smart Contracts, Atomic Transfers), source code, and overall presentation.

Algorand starter pack: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15Q18LsfC0vc0w4fI3L1goOmsb5nkY6ISDkjaEd1QU3U/edit?usp=sharing

Best Beginner Hack

$250 cash prize

DevFest 23 must be the first hackathon for all team members.

Best Design Hack

$250 cash prize

Best AI/Big Data Hack

$250 cash prize
+ a Google Cloud Platform backpack for each team member

Best 3D/AR/VR Hack Using echo3D

Participants MUST use the echo3D platform as part of their project to be eligible for the reward

Prize: One $200 Amazon.com e-gift card per team, split equally among all team members

Special submission instructions: email Bebe@echo3d.com with a video of the experience along with the API key used (can be found in the echo3D console at the top), and the Github/Devpost of it so project code can be reviewed. The gift card will be sent within 5 business days.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Jeff Malki

Jeff Malki
Algorand Foundation

Robert Ying

Robert Ying
Stripe

Jessie Liu

Jessie Liu
Google

Jack Wink

Jack Wink
Lunchbox Entertainment

Jackie Ho

Jackie Ho
Pedibase

Judging Criteria

  • Completeness
    The extent to which the hack has been tangibly created. Hacks with working webpages, GitHub repositories, and (if needed) prototypes are strongly favored.
  • Capability of solving a real-world problem
    How feasible is the hack in solving the problem it is targeting, and how well does it do so?
  • Creativity
    How original is the solution compared to other hacks and products available on the market?

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