RamHacks is a 24-hour programming marathon for innovative developers to design and implement a software or hardware application of their choice. 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 at https://ramhacks.vcu.edu/ Specific themes and challenges provided by our sponsors will be presented to competitors. This will be the 7th Hackathon organized at the VCU College of Engineering. 


Saturday, September 26, 2020

  • 9:30 a.m. - Opening ceremony and keynote speech
  • 10:00 a.m. - Challenge announcements
  • 10:30 a.m. - Team formation
  • 11:00 a.m. - Hacking begins
  • 3:00 p.m. - Tech talk
  • 5:00 p.m. - Tech talk
  • 7:00 p.m. - Tech talk

Sunday, September 27, 2020

  • 11:00 a.m. - Hacking ends
  • 12:00 p.m. - Expo and judging
  • 3:00 p.m. - Judging ends
  • 3:30 p.m. - Awards and closing ceremony


Eligibility for prizes: must be 18 years of age or older, and enrolled in a college or university in the US or have graduated within the last 12 months, and must agree to the MLH Code of Conduct.


Submissions must include a link to a video showcasing the project. Judges will evaluate the submission and the video.

Hackathon Sponsors


$18,550 in prizes

1st Place Overall Prize: Cash Prize!

Cash Prize of $3,000 to the winning team.

2nd Place Overall Prize: Cash Prize! (2)

Cash Prize of $1,500 to two winning teams.

3rd Place Overall Prize: Cash Prize! (3)

Cash Prize of $1,000 to three winning teams.

CarMax - Visually narrow down vehicle transfer fees (2)

On carmax.com, given more and more customers are starting their vehicle buying journey online, with over 35k vehicles within our inventory, how do we visually help users narrow down the vehicles by transfer fee?

Transfer fee is the cost customers can pay to move a vehicle from one location to another. Fees can vary from FREE to $999.

$250 to each first place winner.
$100 to each second place winner.

CoStar - Best Hack for Group Living in 2020 (2)

2020 is a year like no other. As University students, you stand at the intersection of ‘Stay at Home’ and ‘Live together’. In either case (or both) your community is facing challenges related to each. You have some students who are remote, and some trying to safely live on Campus, but all are members of your community. This challenge is to come up with the best hack related to Group Living in 2020, both virtual and/or in-person. This is an area where you are the experts. CoStar has been extensively involved with apartment living and campus living for many years, and we realize how difficult a situation this is. There are many considerations in this challenge, from community building to public health. Even in a University setting, there are marginalized and vulnerable people, and the isolation has a significant effect on all of us.

Amazon gift cards of $275 split for the first team and $150 split for the second team

Altria - Most Innovative and Insightful Use of Virtual Agents (2)

Over the last few months we've all had to adjust to a new normal, and as we try to curb human interaction to mitigate risks, we've seen the value of virtual agents increase. We've often seen them used in customer service and IT helpdesk solutions but want to see where it can grow. We want to leave this challenge as open-ended as possible to see what unique challenges you choose to address and how you do so.

First place gets airpods, second place gets $25 Amazon gift cards

Capital One - Best Financial Hack

$250 amazon gift cards to all members of the winning team

Genworth - Solution to help Elderly Return to Pre-Pandemic Quality of Life Without Additional Exposure Risks

Technology solution that can assist the Elderly of the community get back to their pre-pandemic quality of life without any additional exposure of risk to COVID-19.

Judged on Creativity, clarity in value of solution, and execution of solution

Each member of the winning team will receive $100 amazon gift cards!

Cipher Tech - Best Digital Forensic Related Hack

Digital Forensics is the extraction and analysis of digital evidence. Digital Forensic Software Developers build tools to search for clues to answer specific questions about the device's use in support of an investigation. Software Reverse Engineering is the process of figuring out how a program works. Software Reverse Engineers analyze software to determine its capabilities, find flaws, and/or determine authorship/similarity.

Raspberry pi 3B+ and swag bag!

MarginEdge - mobile app with CV (2)

Mobile application that can take pictures.

Bonus if it gives the user tips on how to fit an entire document, rejects unclear images, native or cross platform, creativity

$100 Amazon gift cards for the winning team

Federal Reserve Bank - Collaboration

Create something that uses a collaboration tool such as slack, however, it does not have to be slack, and integrates two or more online education tools in an automated way to help students and teachers collaborate

Interview for either intern or Discover positions based on expected graduation.
Invitation to Virtual Career Far at the Fed.
Resume and Interview critiques.
$100 Amazon gift cards to each member of the first place team's winners. $25 to each member of the second place team.
30 min call with the Executive VP.
Virtual afternoon shadowing the CIO.

Ippon - Best Use of JHipster

$100 Amazon gift card for each member of the winning team

Cotiviti - Best Application of ML geared towards the Covid-19 Crisis

Apply Machine Learning to better understand and address COVID-19 Crisis. This can be done by developing a ML model from publicly available COVID-19 and healthcare related datasets. Use this ML model in an application, bot or presentation. Product should be creative as well as helpful for health professionals and/or to the general public to address COVID-19 crisis.

Cotiviti backpack filled with Yeti mug and fun swag, with a $100 Amazon gift card for each in the winning team.

Judged on clarity of purpose, use of applied technology, creativity, and presentation

Best use of Google Cloud (2)

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud.

1st place team - each winner will receive their own prize pack - shipped by Google

2nd place team - each winner will receive their own Google nest minis - shipped by MLH

Best use of Google Cloud - COVID19 Hackathon Fund (3)

Select projects will receive an exclusive invitation to apply to the Google Cloud COVID-19 hackathon fund for up to $5,000 in Google Cloud credits and guidance.

Awardees will need to complete this form to receive their team invites to apply.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend!

Best Use of DataStax Astra

YubiKeys Security Keys

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


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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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