A new hackathon experience at University of Maryland.

Bitcamp is a place for exploration. You will have 36 hours to delve into your curiosities, learn something new, and make something awesome. With world-class mentors and 1,200+ fellow campers, you're in for an amazing time. Whether you’re a seasoned hacker or completely new to the world of hacking, we’ll have something for you. If you're ready for an adventure, we'll see you by the campfire!

Our History

The idea of Bitcamp was conceived by a group of UMD students back in 2013. “Camp” represented an event that evoked togetherness, warmth, and adventure. “Bit” was the embodiment of tech. Bit+camp = Bitcamp! The first ever Bitcamp focused on the idea of YOU+TECH, where participants (“Bitcampers”) were encouraged to take something they loved and fuse it with technology. The team focused on collaboration, fun, and a commitment to the Bitcamp experience, which are all values we carry forward today.

Mark Your Trail

Paying homage to Bitcamp’s founding idea of YOU+TECH, our theme this year is “Mark Your Trail.” We want to encourage each of you to apply your interests and passions to technology, and use Bitcamp as a milestone to make a mark on your unique path. To highlight the diverse fields of interest, we’ve launched the Bitcamp Trails program!

Bitcamp Trails Program

One of our aims this year is to expose students to the diverse opportunities available in the expansive world of tech. Whether you're a new or veteran hacker, or whether you want to use your skills in design or entrepreneurship, we want to provide a meaningful way for each of you to Mark Your Trail. Below we’ve included a brief description of each program to give you an idea of the different interests that each is catered toward.

Hacker Trail

The classic hackathon experience! We encourage hackers to build anything cool that comes to mind and to try new technologies. The sky is the limit, and we will have plenty of workshops with topics ranging from Web Development to Machine Learning.

Venture Trail

The bustling world of entrepreneurship can be hard to navigate, so we want to offer the opportunity to hear from key players in the startup space: venture capitalists and student entrepreneurs! Venture Trail workshops are geared towards taking hacks to the next level and working on a venture as a student and beyond.

Design Trail

Designers will will act as mentors and contributors to multiple teams throughout the weekend, while developing and adding to a portfolio of their designs (their “Bitfolio”). Their Bitfolios will be judged at the end of the hackathon as its own type of project.

Scout Trail

First-time hackers will learn how to combine their interests with tech to create something awesome. We will have beginner-oriented workshops to guide first-timers through the world of coding and hacking, covering essentials such as team formation, leveraging mentors, and submitting a project.

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Eligibility

Everyone who applied and were admitted to Bitcamp are eligible to submit their projects.

Requirements

Make your project, submit your hack to Devpost and attend the Bitcamp expo to show off what you built. You must demo at the expo and submit on Devpost in order to be eligible for prizes.

Judges

Bitcamp Judging Team

Bitcamp Judging Team

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Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • User Experience
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?