Team Rules
● Maximum team size of 5
● Teams are encouraged to have a mix of business, engineering, and design-oriented students. Diversity is encouraged.
● A 3 min presentation is required during judging, explaining and demonstrating the team’s application. In addition, 1 minute will be allowed for questions.
● Teams can be determined before or during the hack.
● Teams are required to choose a name.
● Have fun and learn something new!

Project Rules

  1. Team projects can be brainstormed beforehand, but code MUST be written at the event only. Code cannot be brought in from outside the event. Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. The project must contain a README within the repository that describes the project.
  2. 3 min presentation is required during judging, explaining and demonstrating the team’s application. In addition, 1 minute will be allowed for questions.
  3. All projects must be submitted to our Bison Hacks DevPost ( by March 30, 2019 at 1:00 PM.

  Projects must not contain any advertisement or solicitation. Projects must not contain anything that is or may be construed as:

  • Threatening, harassing, degrading or hateful.
  • Defamatory
  • Fraudulent or tortious
  • Obscene, indecent or otherwise objectionable; or (v) protected by copyright, trademark or another proprietary right without the express prior consent of the owner of such right;

Projects must not contain any material that would give rise to criminal or civil liability or that encourages conduct that constitutes a criminal offense, and Projects must otherwise comply in all respects with these Rules and the Policies.  


Project Tracks 

This year's hackathon theme is to build a solution that will help improve the livelihood of the DMV community. The tracks that can be explored are the following:

Education | focuses on issues related to the achievement of people of diverse ethnicities and economic backgrounds. Can include topics related to college readiness, access, completion, and career guidance.

Health, Food & Wellness | focuses on issues related to the public health of people of diverse ethnicities and economic backgrounds such as improving wellness, increasing diversity in the medical profession, quality food access, and promoting diet and exercise.

Restorative Justice | seeks solutions related to preventing the criminalization of economically disadvantaged people and strategies that empower ex-offenders to transition from the prison wall to successful members of the community, and provide valuable intervention resources to high school or college dropouts.

Environmental Sustainability | challenges participants to create an app or design solutions that preserve our environment and encourages personal practices such as recycling, resource sharing, garment collection and redistribution, energy efficiency, and water conservation.

Financial Inclusion & Literacy | apps help increase access for everyone to a range of quality financial services at affordable prices with convenience, respect, and dignity and includes the ability to understand how to save, credit card usage, and improve one's well-being through the conscious management of their personal and private finances and investments.


Wayfair AR/VR Challenge

Augmented and Virtual Reality has taken a huge focus in the technology industry. Many companies are exploring how they can use these new tools to help enhance their consumers' experience. For 2019 Wayfair is sponsoring an AR/VR Hackathon Challenge at Bison Hacks! Wayfair is looking to award a team who can find a creative way to use 3D models of their furniture and their API. You can check out their API and documentation through this link.

Capital One Best Financial Hack Challenge

At Capital One we strive to "Change Banking For Good" and we're always looking for ways to utilized technology to improve the lives of our customers. This weekend we want to see what business and technology ideas you'll come up with, that will make a positive impact on individuals, communities, or society as a whole. We'll be judging for the Best Financial Hack and will be looking for Creativity, Complexity, and Completeness in your projects. Each member of our winning team will receive a $250 Amazon Gift Card. Check out our API here.

JP Morgan & Chase Best Hack for Empowering Entrepreneurs of Color Challenge
"People of color often face unique challenges as entrepreneurs and small business owners. Some of these challenges include defying social expectations, gaining access to capital, being part of business networks, finding a community of like-minded mentors, and knowledge of how to effectively and strategically partner with local government."For this challenge, JP Morgan & Chase would like for you to develop a technology project that would help inspire, empower and equip more entrepreneurs and small business owners of color with the resources they need to succeed. To help generate some ideas here are some questions to consider:
  • How can local business associations and local government better reach and encourage first-time entrepreneurs of color and small business owners?
  • How can we create a community among entrepreneurs and small business owners of color so they can share best practices, resources, and mentorship opportunities with each other?
  • How can entrepreneurs of color more easily know if they qualify for special funding and resources from local government or business councils?
  • How can cities experiencing growth in economic development better spread the word about small business opportunities, particularly to entrepreneurs?
  • How can governments, venture capitalists, banks and other financial institution better support entrepreneurs and small business owners of color with access to capital?

The "Judging Criteria" for this challenge is as follows:
  • Impact: How well does this solution address this challenge or problem?
  • Innovation & Creativity: Does it bring new ideas and approaches to solving the problem?
  • Completeness of Solution: Does it work? If not, is there a roadmap for future enhancements?
  • Sustainability: Is the solution sustainable within the context of the community it's aiming to impact?
  • Design: Is the solution well thought out and designed?
The prize for winning this challenge is that each member will receive "Bose Soundlink Bluetooth Speakers."  


CMMP & Global Med Challenge 
  • Vaccine Hesitancy- The World Health Organization (WHO) has named “vaccine hesitancy” – the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines – one of the top ten threats to global health for 2019. The decrease in the number of children and adults who are being vaccinated threatens to reverse progress made in tackling and eradicating vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles. Especially in a globalized society, vaccine-preventable diseases can spread quickly and cause large-scale damage in a short amount of time. Design a solution to combat the effects of the anti-vaccine movement.

  • Period Stigma- In many countries around the world, periods are a taboo subject and viewed as dirty or a disease. For the woman and girls who live in these countries, this reduces education about menstruation and the stigma can affect many aspects of their life, including forcing them to miss out on education and jobs. There are movements happening in different parts of the world to bring the stigma to and end and provide resources (i.e. effective, efficient, and safe feminine products), take for example the Oscar award-winning documentary “Period. End of Sentence.” filmed in Hapur, India. Design a solution to combat stigma, increase resources, and support global movements for women and girls with periods.

  • NEPA and TeleMedicine in Rural Nigeria- Global Health Focus - In many developing nations, rural communities exist without access to physicians from whom they can easily frequent for care. In Nigeria specifically for every 2,500 people, there is one physician. In order to remedy this Telemedicine has been introduced to many communities. This technological advancement allows physicians to meet with their patients through a virtual portal and can be used anywhere that has electricity. Despite this innovative solution another problem lies in the country’s infrastructure. National Electric Power Authority, the agency responsible for power and electrically is notorious for its shaky power and electrical operation, even in major cities. Brainstorm a solution that would address the need for rural communities to be able to receive adequate care while considering the challenges of inconsistent electrical provision.

  • Rural Access to Specialty CareAccess to specialty care, including dermatology, infectious disease, cardiology, orthopedics, etc. can be difficult in the United States, with wait times for an appointment of greater than 3 months in some cases. In rural areas both in the United States and abroad in third world countries, this access can be even more limited or restricted. Design a solution to improve access to various subspecialty care in rural South America and Africa.

  • Long Term Care For Chronic Illnesses- Providing medical care for chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, etc. can be quite challenging with regards to patient compliance, access to medications, and proper follow-up and regular monitoring of these disease (i.e. regular lab work, checking blood pressures, etc.). Often, medical mission trips can provide acute care to rural populations of patients who have likely never been evaluated or treated for these conditions. However, mission trips often last no longer than 8 weeks, posing a challenge for continuity of care for these patients. Design a solution to provide continuous, long term medical care for patients in rural areas with chronic medical illnesses

  • Reducing Risk of International Epidemics- Infectious diseases can pose a worldwide crisis if not contained in the early stages. For example, the Ebola crisis that erupted between 2014-2016 in Guinea and Sierra Leone caused over 11,000 deaths and started with a single bat bite of an 18-month-old child in Guinea. Refugee camps also face difficulties in containing and limiting the outbreaks of infectious diseases due to close living quarters. There have been several recent outbreaks at refugee camps, including a diphtheria outbreak among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and a cholera outbreak among Somali refugees residing in camps in Kenya. Design a solution to limit the spread of infectious disease outbreaks among rural communities and refugee camp populations.

  • Increasing Access to HIV Prevention- East and Southern Africa are the regions most affected by HIV in the world and is home to the largest number of people living with HIV. In 2017, there were approximately 19.6 million people living with HIV and a prevalence of 6.8% for those between the ages of 15-49. Although laws and cultural traditions vary between Eastern and Southern African countries, there are a number of ingrained cultural, structural and legal barriers that act as barriers to HIV prevention, including access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Engineer a way for vulnerable populations to gain access to the PrEP prescribers and medications, both of which are likely to be scarce in these regions.