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:
- Corporate Sustainability
- Public Health, Biotechnology, and Medical Waste
- Energy Efficiency
EarthHacks will be hosted on Saturday, January 26 - 27, 2019.
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
Participants: Individuals (over 18 years in age) and enrolled in a college or university
View the judging rubric here: http://bit.ly/judging-rubric
How to enter
Register at earthhacks.vcu.edu!
Dr. Jesse Goldstein
Assistant Professor of Sociology VCU Sociology
Coordinator of External Affairs, VCU Da Vinci Center
Founder of SolarMill
Dr. William Benton
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?
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?