Bakersfield College

Hackathon Rules, Scoring, and FAQs

Hackathon Rules

Hypothetical Budget

All teams will be given a maximum hypothetical budget of $25,000.00 to initiate their project idea. More information about budget proposals will be discussed at the hackathon event. Student teams will be judged on the following criteria: pitch, plan, delivery, budget, etc. All team members will receive a Digital Badge and SWAG. The top three projects will have an opportunity to receive Angel Funding.

Mandatory Items to Be Included

  • All topics must have a connection to public health, building healthy communities, and using technology to innovate and solve the challenges and problems we face as Kern County residents.
  • Teams will need to research stories prior to the event.
  • Must use a technology tool to capture stories, e.g. an APP design, website, use of social media, etc.
  • All photo release forms and stories must be provided on day of the event. Digital release forms will be provided on the website.

Required Deliverables

Due on Saturday, April 6

By the end of the Hackathon, teams will present the following:

  • Concept in 2-minute pitch
  • One-page narrative abstract
  • One-page scope of work with a draft budget to take proof of concept to fruition
  • A slice of the technology that will be used to distribute or capture the stories or raise awareness. All concepts will need to link back the story/concept idea to a location or community in Kern County.

Teams

Each team should have a minimum of 2 to no more than 5 members focusing on the following roles:

  • Project Leader
  • Graphic/Design or Communication Leader
  • Computer Science or Digital Graphics Role
  • Communication Role
  • Public Health/Researcher Role

Themes

Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Accessing health care
  • Accessing Mental Health Services and overcoming Mental Health Stigma
  • Food Deserts – Accessing Healthy Food
  • Agricultural Bounties and Labor
  • Chronic Toxic Stress in Kern County
  • Opioid Crisis
  • The Air We Breathe
  • Homelessness
  • Sexual Transmitted Diseases – What people won’t say
  • Obesity & Health
    • Type 2 Diabetes
    • Food Insecurity
    • Walkable/Liveable Communities

Breakdown of Scoring

Technology

  • Difficulty of Task (1-5 points) X Execution (1-5 points)
  • Judge's Favorite: Each Technical Judge may award an additional five points for their favorite use of technology.
  • Maximum of 30 points from each technical judge.
  • Penalties: Score of ZERO if not submitted on time or if started before event kick-off.

Community Impact

  • Research and Analysis (1-5 points) X Readability (1-5 points)
  • Judge's Favorite: Each Community Impact Judge may award an additional five points for their favorite demonstration of community impact.
  • Maximum of 30 points from each Community Impact Judge.
  • Penalties: Score of ZERO if not submitted on time or if initial deliverable unchanged over event period.

Presentation

  • Information Communicated (1-5 points) X Quality of Delivery (1-5 points)
  • Judge's Favorite: Each Presentation Judge may award an additional five points for their favorite presentation
  • Maximum of 30 points from each presentation judge
  • Penalties: Score of ZERO if not submitted on time or if started before event kickoff

Budget/Scope of Work

  • Breakdown of hypothetical budget and scope of work report (1-5 points)
  • Judge's Favorite: Each Presentation Judge may award an additional five points for their favorite presentation
  • Maximum of 30 points from each presentation judge
  • Penalties: Score of ZERO if not submitted on time or if started before event kickoff

Total Team Score

  • The maximum score possible for each category will be the same.
  • Total Score = Technology + Community Impact + Presentation + Budget/Scope of Work

FAQs

What Topics Will Be Covered?

Community experts will be presenting on topics such as air quality, health care, and human trafficking. See the agenda below for more information about our panel discussions.

Can the Public Attend?

Sessions are open to the public for the panel and workshops, and you do not need to register to attend, but please note that the T-shirts and food are for the participants. Make sure to register if you plan to compete.

Do participants need to be there the entire time?

On day one, participants need to be there to form into teams, divide up tasks and attend workshops that are pertinent to their area. They need to work with their teams to meet tasks and be in contact, but they need to be present at the required times for the competition portion.

What will the tasks be?

Participants will work with their team to develop ideas and meet the deadlines throughout the three days to be ready to compete in day three. Teams will be evaluated in three areas: their three-minute presentation, the prototype of the technology, and the written community impact report.

Is it open to people outside of technology?

All disciplines are welcome. We need participants from diverse academic backgrounds and disciplines to come up with innovative solutions, whether they're STEM, social science or communication majors; technologists; writers; artists and graphic designers; or any other disciplines.The more diverse your team, the more competitive and innovative its solution will be.

How do I get a Hackathon T-shirt in a certain size?

The first 50 participants registered who are part of a team will get a T-shirt and be able to select a size by filling out the Participant Registration form.

Can Hackathon projects find funding and potentially lead to a job?

Yes, concept ideas can develop into future projects, and participation in the Hackathon is a great opportunity to network with community members.

What are the prizes for the most successful projects?

The project that wins first prize will be worth up to $100, and prizes will be awarded for second and third place projects.

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