RamHacks is a 24-hour programming marathon for innovative developers to design and implement a software or hardware application of their choice. Specific themes and challenges provided by our sponsors will be presented to competitors. This will be the fifth Hackathon organized at the VCU College of Engineering. 


Saturday, September 22, 2018

09:00 a.m. - Registration
10:00 a.m. - Opening Ceremony & Keynote Speech
10:30 a.m. - Team Formation
11:00 a.m. - Hacking Begins
12:00 p.m. - Silver Sponsored Lunch
03:00 p.m. - TechTalk
04:30 p.m. - Tech Talk
06:00 p.m. - Gold Sponsored Dinner
07:00 p.m. - Tech Talk
09:00 p.m. - Tech Talk

Sunday, September 23, 2018

12:00 a.m. - Midnight Snack
08:00 a.m. - Bronze Sponsored Breakfast
11:00 a.m. - Hacking Ends
12:00 p.m. - Silver Sponsored Lunch
01:00 p.m. - Expo and Judging Begins
03:00 p.m. - Closing Ceremony


Attendees must be enrolled in a college or university, and must agree to the MLH Code of Conduct. Are you a UX enthusiast with design on the brain and art in your heart? Maybe you’ve got mad business skills and an entrepreneurial spirit? This event is about so much more than programming, so register!

Hackathon Sponsors


$12,000 in prizes

1st Place Overall Prize: Cash Prize!

Cash Prize of $2,000 to the winning team.

2nd Place Overall Prize: Cash Prize!

Cash Prize of $1,000 to the winning team!

3rd Place Overall Prize: Cash Prize!

Cash Prize of $500 to the winning team!

Newport News Shipbuilding Challenge Prize

"NNS is going digital! We are replacing traditional paper drawings and work packages with light weight, ruggedized touch screen devices in the hands of our craftsmen. However, due to the nature of the work, craftsmen typically wear PPE (personal protection equipment) which consists of hard hat, ear protection, eye protection, steel toed shoes, and heavy gloves and this makes typing and touch screen use of the devices cumbersome. They work in all weather and environmental conditions, inside of enclosures and unique workspaces, with variable lighting and temperatures. In some cases the craftsmen have to stop and remove their gloves, perform tasks on the tablet, then put the gloves back on interrupting their flow of work.

NNS challenges the hacking community with coming up with a way for our craftsmen to manipulate images and text with minimal use of their hands on the devices while wearing their PPE."

"NNS will provide a sample file that can be viewed with the SAP 3D Enterprise Viewer.
Download software: https://store.sap.com/sap/cpa/ui/resources/store/html/SolutionDetails.html?pid=0000000233
Download sample file: http://bit.ly/nns-sample-file

The craftsmen perform the following functions the most:
1. General Navigation
2. Clicking through the visualization steps
3. Rotating and navigating to the other side of the structure
4. Select specific parts and use the scene tree to get details
5. Copy and paste the Aspect part number into a spreadsheet"

Altria Challenge Prize

The Altria challenge involves doing social media sentiment analysis related to brands and products. It's open-ended. You can pick any company or any of their brands for the work. What we're looking for are the most interesting algorithms and tools you can create to gauge how people feel about a brand or a product. For example, how do people think about SpaceX and Tesla before and after tweets from Elon Musk? Your solution must be checked into github. We have four Nintendo Switches to give away for the top team and a variety of Amazon gift cards for the runners-up. Above all, have fun and come check us out to talk about internships.

Capital One Challenge Prize

"Integrate Capital One's new IDasS (Identity as a Service) products with your RamHacks solution."

CoStar Challenge Prize

"Best use of Machine Learning in Real Estate"

AvePoint Challenge Prize

We’re looking for you to create an innovative and user-friendly mobile app for our global employees and customers to interact with using a given dataset.

"The attached dataset is just a small set of our entire knowledge base (KB) on our products.

It includes the issues/inquiries, as well as potential solutions or links pointing to solutions. You will need to understand the keywords/request, then locate the answer in the KB. We’re seeking a program that’s intelligent enough to find the best match from the input.

View the dataset: http://bit.ly/avepoint-dataset"

CapTech Challenge Prize

"Best Gamification Feature.
Be able to tell us what business/project goal your feature is meant to address, how your design of the feature sets up incentives and rewards for users to meet that goal, and show us the feature in action. Working features are highly favored over unachievable designs/concepts! Good luck!"

Ippon Challenge Prize

"Best Use of JHipster"

Markel Challenge Prize

"Best use of technology to aid your community"

MongoDB Challenge Prize

"Best Use of MongoDB Stitch"

MongoDB Challenge Prize - Runner Up

"Best Use of MongoDB Stitch"

OutSystems Challenge Prize

"Best app built using OutSystems"
Get ready to code at RamHacks with this 5 min app tutorial: https://www.outsystems.com/get-started

OutSystems Challenge Prize - 2nd Place

"Best app built using OutSystems" Get ready to code at RamHacks with this 5 min app tutorial: https://www.outsystems.com/get-started

SAIC Challenge Prize

"Bot or Troll:
1) first write a simple profiler which looks at various attributes of social media accounts (twitter for their open API) given an existing dataset tracking multiple senate campaign feeds to classify as a potential bot or troll.
Then, 2) use ML techniques to find other influence campaigns targeting other topics related to national policy, whether related to elections or anything else (trade policy, diplomatic relations, deployment of our military forces to foreign countries, etc.)."

View detailed challenge here: http://bit.ly/saic-challenge-details

Verscend Challenge Prize

"Best use of the Elastic Stack to visualize data from multiple sources."

WillowTree Challenge Prize

"Using any public API (including those from other challenges), create an MVC web app, MV(C | P | VM) iOS/Android app (select one), with a backend. Your backend should act as an aggregation tier between your client application and the public API you chose, as well as serving some other purpose (social log-in, searching, etc.).

Time permitting, bonus consideration will be awarded if you deploy your backend using Heroku, a free container-based cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS).
Bonus consideration will also be awarded for making speed a priority; this can be achieved several ways, including caching unchanged API calls on the client (as with a progressive web app) or the backend (possibly using Redis)."

"This challenge is meant to judge your ability to develop testable, well documented software, explore your architectural decisions, and overall design and usability. You may focus more on the backend component or more on the front end component if you so choose. The quality of the software you do write is more important than the quantity!

Useful links:

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Minis for each team member

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

Best use of HERE.com

Hacker gear and swag from HERE.com

Altria Challenge Prize - Honorable Mention

The Altria challenge involves doing social media sentiment analysis related to brands and products.

Best use of Clarifai’s API Weekly Challenge

Best Social Good Hack from Fidelity Weekly Challenge

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Registration is closed!!!!!


Robert Dahlberg

Robert Dahlberg
Open Mainframe Project

Deborah Morewitz

Deborah Morewitz
Newport News Shipbuilding

Ricardo Araújo

Ricardo Araújo

Norman Crandall

Norman Crandall

Lee Patterson

Lee Patterson

Ron Conant

Ron Conant

Catherine Halpern

Catherine Halpern

Brian Simoni

Brian Simoni

Chad Sadler

Chad Sadler

Chris Wash

Chris Wash

Scott Savage

Scott Savage

Lee Adcock

Lee Adcock
Capital One

Andrew Ducan

Andrew Ducan

Brandon Watts

Brandon Watts

Alex Terry

Alex Terry
Markel Corporation

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    We want your idea to be creative and original!
  • Business Viability
    Can this idea be implemented in the real world? How feasible is your product?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Technical complexity of your hack.
  • Pitch
    Are you prepared? How organized and well explained is your pitch?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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