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Selected Hackathons, Competitions, Etc.

Newsletter Sent Monday, August 3, 2020


COVID-19 Research Data Curation

Hosted by Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) and Harvard Library

Start Date - August 1, 2020


Newsletter Sent Monday, July 20, 2020


Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize honors promising collegiate inventors around the country.

The Student Prize is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students who have technology-based inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy: healthcare, food/water and agriculture, transportation and mobility, and consumer devices and product

The initial application deadline is Friday, September 25, 2020. Students can begin filling out the online application now.



Citadel September Data Open

The Data Open challenges students from the world's best universities to tackle real-world social challenges in topics such as urban traffic, renewable energy, and education.

Taking place between September 14-21, teams will have a week to work on their submissions, with the flexibility to showcase their skills on their own schedules. Top performing students have the opportunity to win $25,000 in cash prizes, exclusive recruiting opportunities with Citadel, and global recognition.

Click Here To Apply

Sign-Up Deadline: 11:59 PM Sunday, September 6th


GSA Capital Services Ltd Ultra 2020 Summer Coding Challenge 

Registration now open


Newsletter Sent Monday, July 6, 2020


Citadel Summer Data Open


Summer Invitational Datathon takes place July 13-20.  Applications close July 9th at 11:59 PM ET


Several New Hackathons from Devpost

AWS Data Exchange
- Goal: Build (or update) a data-driven solution that tells a story by employing at least one of the categories using at least two AWS services and at least one of the 3rd-party data products from AWS Data Exchange providers.
- Categories: Data Visualization, Data Analysis,Data and Machine Learning
- Prizes: Over $35,000 in prizes
- Deadline: August 24
- Details + Registration:

PyTorch Summer Hackathon
- Goal: Build projects using PyTorch in one of the three categories: PyTorch Developer Tools, Web/Mobile Applications powered by PyTorch, PyTorch Responsible AI Development Tools
- Prizes: Over $25,000 in prizes
- Deadline: August 25
- Details + Registration:

- Goal: Use Substrate to build/update a blockchain, or build/update any project in the Open Hack for the Kusama ecosystem. (For more details on the submission requirements, please see the Hacker Guide.)
- Prizes: $30,000 in prizes
- Deadline: August 14
- Details + Registration:


Newsletter Sent Monday, June 15, 2020


University of Florida Study

Researchers at the University of Florida’s Human Experience Research Lab, under the advisement of Dr. Juan E. Gilbert, are conducting a study of computing science student’s perspectives on the societal impacts of algorithmic decision making. We would appreciate you sharing this research participation opportunity with your computer science students. The link is provided below. Please contact Rua M. Williams ( or Juan E. Gilbert ( with any questions. Thank you.

This study is approved by UF IRB #201902979

Global Game Jam Next (GGJN) - volunteers needed

GGJN is a 2-week long online event, with a week of teaching and learning and a week of jamming. It will take place from July 13-24, 2020.  They are looking for jam leaders and mentors to volunteer and support GGJN from July 13-24th.  Jam leaders lead a game jam in their local community and are supported with a week of guided online learning and other types of support through Discord. We also plan to provide mentoring sessions throughout the jam week from industry folks who can answer questions. Mentors will host a minimum of 2 online Q&A sessions during GGJ Next, along with generally being part of our Discord community to support jammers during the live event. If interested and think you would be a good fit, you can learn more and sign-up as a Jam Leader or Mentor here:



Newsletter Sent Monday, May 11, 2020

Project X - a North American Machine Learning competition

My name is Tales Scopinho, and I am from UofT AI, a group at the
University of Toronto that engages with undergraduates about Machine
Learning and AI. We are beginning an exciting new project called
Project X. This is a North American Machine Learning competition
happening this fall, and our theme this year is Climate Change. From
September to November undergraduate students will be competing for a
chance to win $30,000, and the winners will be flown to Toronto to
present their findings in our culminating conference. The goal of this
conference is to foster and incentivize interest in machine learning
for undergraduates.

We decided that Harvard University would be an excellent institution
to participate in this competition, due to the high caliber of your
students. We'd like to know if you might be interested in having a
team from Harvard participate in this competition. We feel this could
be very beneficial for the students, and your institution.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this. If this
piques your interest, we can send over some more details!

Feel free to contact me at our partnership email address

If you'd like to learn more about our organization, and the projects
we have done, please visit


Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is partnering with the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell on their Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge in 2020. DEBUT is a biomedical engineering design competition open to teams of undergraduate students working on projects that develop innovative solutions to unmet health and clinical problems.  

Areas of interest for the biomedical engineering projects include, but are not limited to: diagnostics, therapeutics, technologies for underserved populations or low-resourced settings, point-of-care systems, precision medicine, preventive medicine, technologies to aid individuals with disabilities, and HIV/AIDS prevention and care.

NIMHD is joining the DEBUT challenge to sponsor a prize focused on development of accessible healthcare technologies for low-resourced settings.

There is no restriction on the healthcare technology being developed. Two additional categorical prizes will be awarded on: 1) HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and 2) healthcare technologies for underrepresented populations and/or for low-resourced settings.

Submissions: January 9, 2020 to June 1, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT.

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