William & Mary's 5th Annual Hackathon

Cypher V is the College of William and Mary's annual hackathon. It's an opportunity for students to come together for a weekend and learn new stuff, create cool projects, and win prizes. This year, our goal is to make the event more accessible and welcoming to everyone, regardless of their skill or experience levels. We hope that Cypher V will be a place for people to innovate and develop things that they had never considered before, so please join us in making this goal a reality!

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Eligibility

All college students (undergraduate and graduate) or recent graduates (within 12 months of the event) are eligible to participate!

Requirements

Please submit the source code for your project, as well as a description of your work and any presentations you created.

Judges

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Robert Michael Lewis
Chair and Associate Professor of Computer Science at William & Mary

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Peter Kemper
Professor of Computer Science at William & Mary

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Bin Ren
Professor of Computer Science at William & Mary

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Kevin Moran
Professor of Computer Science at William & Mary

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Jacob McCollum
Whereoware

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Matthew Leier
CGI Federal

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Jeff Boyer & Company
Ferguson

Judging Criteria

  • Entrepreneurship
    The project's potential beyond the hackathon: does this project have commercial viability? Projects with the greatest entrepreneurship are not necessarily the projects with the highest potential profitability, but that satisfy consumer needs.
  • Ingenuity
    This incorporates creativity and originality. Projects with high ingenuity should be unique, and solve a problem in a novel and effective way.
  • Completeness
    How much did the team do with their time? Projects that score highly should be polished and fully functional.
  • Expo Quality
    Was the expo demonstration thorough and convincing? Well presented projects are compelling and have complete and rehearsed demonstrations.
  • Complexity
    Was the project of a high technical difficulty? High scoring teams are ambitious in their undertakings.
  • Judges' Impressions
    Did the project stand out to you? What was your overall impression?