An innovation-focused event where students from all majors develop solutions to real-world environmental challenges while learning from mentors.

Multidisciplinary teams will have 24 hours to learn from mentors, brainstorm, and generate solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Depending upon the problem, proposed solutions can involve hardware, software, art, text, and other materials. 

The 3 challenge categories for 2019 are:

  1. Corporate Sustainability
  2. Public Health, Biotechnology, and Medical Waste
  3. Energy Efficiency 

 EarthHacks will be hosted on Saturday, January 26 - 27, 2019.

Schedule

Saturday, January 26th
10:30am – 11:30am | Registration

11:30am – 12:30pm | Opening Ceremony

12:30pm – 2 pm | Team building, lunch, meet mentors

2pm | Hacking begins

3pm – 4pm | Workshop

5pm – 6pm | Workshop

7pm – 8pm | Dinner

8pm – 9pm | Workshop

9pm – 10pm | Workshop

10:30pm | Cup stacking/team building event

11pm – 12am | Workshop

Sunday, January 27th
12 am | Midnight snack

5 am | Early bird snacks

8:30 am | Breakfast

10am – 10:30am | Submission/judging workshop

Noon | Lunch

2:00 pm | Hacking ends

2:15 pm | Judging begins

3 pm | Finalist presentations

3:30pm – 4:30pm | Closing ceremony

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Eligibility

Participants: Individuals (over 18 years in age) and enrolled in a college or university

Judges

Dr. Jesse Goldstein

Dr. Jesse Goldstein
Assistant Professor of Sociology VCU Sociology

Kelsey Steenburgh

Kelsey Steenburgh
Coordinator of External Affairs, VCU Da Vinci Center

Bert Green

Bert Green
Founder of SolarMill

Andrew Green

Andrew Green
Capital One

Dr. William Benton

Dr. William Benton
Entrepreneur

Judging Criteria

  • Problem Definition and Analysis
    Focus on the problem challenged, not on the solution created to solve this problem. How precise and relevant is the defined problem? How interesting or difficult to resolve - functionally or technically - is the problem being challenged?
  • Solution Design & Innovation
    Does it approach a new problem? Is it completely innovative? Does it impact a large number of people very broadly, or impact a smaller number of people very deeply? To which degree does it actually solve the current problem?
  • Idea Viability
    Is the application technically and marketplace viable? Would people use this product? Is this solution only theoretical or does it have a realistic application for commercial purposes?
  • Implementation of Solution Demonstration
    Does the product function, or is the product immediately actionable? is the path of implementation clearly discussed at different scales? what is the potential for long term impact of the team's project?