Uncommon Hacks is UChicago's annual inter-collegiate hackathon, which is being held on February 16-17 this year. 

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JP Morgan Chase Challenge: Best Hack for Social Good

With two billion unbanked people around the world, there is an urgent need to expand financial literacy. Whether it’s understanding basic financial products such as loans, mortgages, and checking accounts or learning about more complex topics, such as derivatives, futures trading, and other investment strategies, there is a clear need for greater access to financial education.
We challenge you to create a web or mobile application that would promote financial literacy to audience of your choice (college students, unbanked adults, small businesses, etc).The project should provide gamified, guided learning.

Impact: How well does the solution address the challenge or problem?
• Innovation & Creativity: How creative is the solution? Does it bring
new ideas and approaches to solving the problem?
• Completeness of Solution: Is the solution finished? 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?

Most Technically Impressive

Best Design

Most Uncommon

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Minis for each team member

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit for each team member

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

410C Dragonboard for each team member

Snap Kit Prize

Use Snap Kit's web or mobile SDK in your hack. Each winning team member will receive a pair of Spectacles by Snapchat or another awesome prize.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


A panel of expert judges

A panel of expert judges

Judging Criteria

  • Best Hack for Social Good
    • Impact • Innovation & Creativity • Completeness of Solution • Sustainability • Design
  • Most Technically Impressive
    Does the product function completely? How much of the functionality was written by the competitors themselves as opposed to open source code/APIs (self written is better)?
  • Most Creative
    Is the idea unique, compared to other ideas seen in the real world and / or when comparing to other projects within the Hackathon? Does it solve a problem, no matter how silly? Does it have great UI/UX design?
  • Most Uncommon
    The winning hack is a well balanced, well designed, technically impressive, and innovative project that is complete with a little "interesting" surprise?

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