We’re excited to announce that EarthxHack 2020 has transitioned to an online event. We hope that this will give everyone the chance to participate in an even bigger and better event without having to leave the comfort of their homes. As we all navigate the uncertainty of the COVID-19 outbreak together, what better way to pass the time than to work together on solutions to make our planet a great place to live once we can enjoy it again?
As an overview, here is what you can expect from our virtual event:
We know that virtual events can be a whole new hackathon experience, and we’re excited to try our first ever virtual hackathon with all of you. We welcome your advice, feedback, and suggestions as we try this new thing out together.
EarthxHack is a virtual hackathon designed to inspire you to use your creativity, technical thinking, and knowledge to solve real issues affecting the world today. We want to provide a space to help inspire creative solutions, so you can create inspirational ideas that can be implemented on a global scale. We encourage you to come and join us in making new things and turning the world into a better place!
We look forward to hosting you at EarthxHack, taking place all over the world as part of the largest environmental experience, Earthx2020. Join us from April 24th to the 26th to show off your skills, meet amazing people and help make a difference for the future.
A series of hands-on interactive workshops, talks, and experiences, live streamed and recorded.
Learn is a series of workshops and lightning talks about subjects that are relevant to the world and to this event. You can expect a variety of sessions around technical topics, environmental issues, inspiration for your projects, ideation and coming up with cool thoughts, how to build your projects, and more!
Talks and sessions will be live streamed and recorded for future reference. You are welcome to join us for any portion of the session. Applications are not required for this portion of the event.
A traditional hackathon, with a twist.
Build is the traditional EarthxHack experience that you’ve come to know and love, except this time, it’s all in 1s and 0s. We’ve designed a comprehensive virtual hackathon for you to collaborate and innovate with environmental partners, as well as your peers and new friends. Come up with interesting technical ideas and implement them to be eligible for prizes.
Staying consistent with our previous years, we’re going to have loads of mini events, contests, and engagement activities throughout the weekend.
Judging and announcing winners.
Instead of having a traditional two-part expo and panel judging experience, our group of judges will be evaluating project submissions over the course of a week virtually. Winners will be announced via a live streamed ceremony. All are welcome to participate! We’ll still notify the winners if they can’t attend.
All creators are welcome! This includes high schoolers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals! We are happy to accept international participants, but please be aware that the tax people will keep 30% of your winnings, should you win a prize.
If you’re under 18, you need a signed waiver from your parent or legal guardian to win a prize. We’ll send this to you if necessary.
There will be a text channel on Discord for people to discuss project ideas, get to know one another, and form teams. We’ll also be hosting a live brainstorming and team-matching session. See the schedule for more details!
A hackathon is an experience to build something new within a set amount of time. Therefore, you cannot work on past projects. However, using your own open-source or third party libraries is fine, so long as the project is new.
The event is virtual! Participants will be able to find more details on the live site once we get closer to the event.
We are happy to refund any money you spent booking an airline ticket before this announcement should you be unable to get a refund. Shoot us an email informing us of your situation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A full event schedule and live stream times will be posted on the live site when they are available.
Teams are composed of 2-5 people. We recommend a finding teammates with diverse skill sets to cover all the bases of a great idea.
EarthxHack is 100% free. All you have to do is join us online!
We’ll be curating some suggested starter hardware for different types of projects, but due to the event being virtual, we won’t be able to offer access to our hardware library typically found at our in-person events. If you want to experiment with hardware, you are in charge of procuring what you need on your own.
We offer a prize pool of over $30,000 for this event. We’ll have plenty of challenges and sub-prizes as well as the main prizes. In addition, sponsors and partners may offer their own challenges – check back soon for more.
Since this is a virtual hackathon and we won’t be able to see your work in person, so we’ll require a detailed submission on Devpost. We’ll only be able to work with whatever you write and upload, so make sure you put some effort into that! More details on how submission works can be found on the live site.
We’d love to hear from you! We are a friendly bunch and open to discussing new ideas, improvements, or partnerships.