The Hack for Puerto Rico is a 24-hour hackathon that will engage students, developers, designers, entrepreneurs and everyone willing to solve the challenges of modern Puerto Rico through technology.

Have you ever envisioned a #technology that could improve the lives of millions of Puerto Ricans? Students, developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and fellow Puerto Ricans, this next October 27-28 @ 9:00 AM, for the first time in the University of Puerto Rico at Ponce, it’s your chance to create the technologies that will solve the challenges of the modern #PuertoRico and transform the “Isla del Encanto” into a worldwide technology and innovation leader. Together with Restart Week, the University of Puerto Rico at Ponce, Genmoji, EOS Liberty Block, and many more sponsors and speakers join us at the Pearl of the South for the first edition of the #HackForPuertoRico 24-hour hackathon with over $10,000 in prizes, free technology workshops, and special guests. Let's improve Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, agriculture, transportation, energy, economy, government, and as a country overall through the power of technology! 

The Hack for Puerto Rico Hackathon is a 24-hour event organized by Link Puerto Rico and Restart Week at the University of Puerto Rico at Ponce that will be open to anyone, from local developers to entrepreneurs, to create technological solutions for Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, agriculture, transportation, energy, economy, government, and any other field that you can improve with technology. The participants will be divided into teams of maximum five people. Participants will have the freedom to choose on what technological solution to work on as long as it impacts Puerto Rico positively.

The Hackathon will run under the following schedule:

• October 27th, 2018 @ 9:00 AM: Registration Open
• October 27th, 2018 @ 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Opening Remarks by Fabián Vélez, Dra. Eva Cabán García, and Adam Krim
• October 27th, 2018 @ 11:15 AM – 11:30 AM: Hackathon 101 Workshop by Fabián Vélez
• October 27th, 2018 @ 11:30AM – 12:00PM: Team Building Exercise
• October 27th, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - Lunch
• October 27th, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Business Model Canvas Workshop by Jahannie Torres
• October 27th, 2018 @ 2:00 PM: Start of Hackathon
• October 27th, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Web Development 101 Workshop by Fabián Vélez
• October 27th, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Dinner
• October 27th, 2018 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM: Blockchain 101 Workshop by Fabián Vélez
• October 28th, 2018 @ 12:00 AM - 1:00 AM: Midnight Surprise
• October 28th, 2018 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Breakfast
• October 28th, 2018 @ 2:00 PM: End of Hackathon
• October 28th, 2018 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Lunch and End of Hackathon
• October 28th, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00PM: Participants Project Presentations
• October 28th, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM: Design Thinking Talk by Dr. José Lugo
• October 28th, 2018 @ 4:20 PM - 4:40 PM: Transformation Efforts Talk Jennifer Hopp
• October 28th, 2018 @ 4:40 PM - 5:00 PM: Media Dev Lab Talk by Alex Herrero
• October 28th, 2018 @ 5:00 PM - 5:20 PM: PROne Talk by José Ortíz
• October 28th, 2018 @ 5:20 PM - 5:45 PM: Prizes Ceremony
• October 28th, 2018 @ 5:45 PM - 6:00 PM Next Event, Special Announcements, and Closing

Prize details and challenges will be announced at the hackathon. if you have any questions or feedback please contact us at info@linkpr.org

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Prizes

$28,250 in prizes

First Place

$1500 + Piloto Three Month Passes (one per participant) (3750) + 500 Dollars in Credit for Kich Media Services *All prizes need to be claimed before December 2, 2018 otherwise you will forfeit your claim.

Second Place

$1000 *All prizes need to be claimed before December 2, 2018 otherwise you will forfeit your claim.

Third Place

$500 *All prizes need to be claimed before December 2, 2018 otherwise you will forfeit your claim.

Rising Star (2)

Scholarships to Codetrotters course 5 x (1250) *All prizes need to be claimed before December 2, 2018 otherwise you will forfeit your claim.

Best Blockchain Solution

Free private blockchain master class (3 hours) + 6 hours of mentoring to the team (2,500) + 5,000 Coqui Cash (1,500) *All prizes need to be claimed before December 2, 2018 otherwise you will forfeit your claim.

Best Energy Solution

500 in Cash and Interview Opotunities with Genmoji (500) *All prizes need to be claimed before December 2, 2018 otherwise you will forfeit your claim.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Participants:

  • To participate you must register for free in eventbrite and be physically in the University of Puerto Rico at Ponce location. No remote participation will be allowed for this year's event.
  • Team size can range from 2-5 people.
  • Participants must develop solutions that focus on solving Puerto Rico's modern challenges and problems.

Requirements

The table below shows the suggested  challenges you can work on:

  • To ensure you qualify, please refer to the challenges on the table below
Challenge Title Challenge Description
Energy Develop an innovative technological solution that transforms Puerto Rico's energy field. The energy field is the totality of all of the industries involved in the production and sale of energy, including fuelextraction, manufacturing, refining and distribution. 
Infrastructure Develop an innovative technological solution that transforms Puerto Rico's infrastructure field. The word Infrastructure refers to the fundamental facilities and systems serving a country, city, or other area,[1] including the services and facilities necessary for its economy to function.[2] Infrastructure is composed of public and private physical improvements such as roadsbridgestunnelswater supplysewerselectrical grids, and telecommunications (including Internet connectivity and broadband speeds). 
Agriculture Develop an innovative technological solution that transforms Puerto Rico's agriculture field. Agriculture is the cultivation of land and breeding of animals and plants to provide foodfibermedicinal plants and other products to sustain and enhance life.[1] 
Transportation Develop an innovative technological solution that transforms Puerto Rico's transportation field. Transport or transportation is the movement of humans, animals and goods from one location to another. 
Government Develop an innovative technological solution that transforms Puerto Rico's governmental field. A government is the system or group of people governing an organized community, often a state.[1]
Education

Develop an innovative technological solution that transforms Puerto Rico's education field. Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledgeskillsvaluesbeliefs, and habits. Educational methods include storytellingdiscussionteachingtraining, and directed research.

Judges

Gustavo Díaz

Gustavo Díaz
Lead Data & Research Curator at Gente Brava Inc.

Jay Bird

Jay Bird
Chief Operations Officer at Box Power

Valerie Montañez

Valerie Montañez
Co-Founder at TeamHouse

Jaime Yordán

Jaime Yordán
Founder & Executive Director at El Nodo,

Ián Vélez

Ián Vélez
Director at Link University

Luis Antonio

Luis Antonio
Founder at CoquiCash

Judging Criteria

  • Originality, Creativity, and Innovation (20%)
    How original, creative and innovative is your solution compared to others?
  • Functionality and Operability (25%)
    Does your MVP work?
  • Project difficulty and complexity (20%)
    How complex is your project compared to others?
  • Presentation Quality (10%)
    Can you explain clearly and efficiently what your solution is?
  • Direct Impact and Relevance to the Challenges and Problems of the Modern Puerto Rico (25%)
    The solution you create must be relevant to the current issues and challenges that Puerto Rico faces. To learn more about the current issues that Puerto Rico faces please go to the following link as an example: https://goo.gl/E79fhH