Judging & PrizesA grand prize of $2,000 goes to the team with the best project. Winners of the People’s Choice Award take home $500. For the grand prize, judges will evaluate your hacks using the following criteria:
Technical Difficulty (the most important criterion) Is it technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or does it surmount real technical challenges? Originality Is it more than just another generic app? Does it do something novel or take a fresh approach to an old problem? Polish Is it usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything work? Is it well designed? Usefulness Is it practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have? Engagement How does it engage and motivate users? Does it create new ways for visitors to interact with each other and the collection? Does it present a thoughtful approach to the social experience of art?
JudgesYoungmoo Kim, Professor & Director of the ExCITe Center, Drexel University
Youngmoo Kim’s research group at the ExCITe Center, MET-lab, focuses on the machine understanding of audio, particularly for music information retrieval. Other areas of active research include human-machine interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, analysis-synthesis of sound, and K–12 outreach for engineering, science, and mathematics education. Ginger Rudolph, Founder of HAHA Magazine & Cofounder of HAHA x Paradigm Ginger Rudolph is a freelance writer and founder of several art publications, including HAHA Magazine (“High on Art, Heavy on Antics”), which focuses on contemporary art, and HAHA x Paradigm, a Philadelphia-based initiative that curates and produces engaging public art projects. Brett Topche, Cofounder of Red & Blue Ventures Brett Topche is a seed-stage investor in technology and technology-enabled companies from the University of Pennsylvania ecosystem. He has fifteen years of venture capital and private equity experience, focusing on investments in e-commerce, digital media, mobile applications, marketing technologies, and B2B software. Corinne Warnshuis, Executive Director of Girl Develop It Corinne Warnshuis is a passionate advocate for community-centered movements and believes in their power to change the world. In 2014 she became the first Executive Director of Girl Develop It, a national 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides affordable opportunities for women interested in learning to code. GDI now serves 100,000 women in sixty US cities. Andrew Cameron Zahn, Founder of CRUXspace Andrew is a new-media artist and designer as well as the founder of CRUXspace, Philadelphia’s only gallery devoted to new-media art. His work encompasses large-scale interactive installations, making use of imaginary narratives and abstraction. He also runs Cloud Shop Studios, a boutique web-design company.