TAMUhack 1st Place

Best hack at TAMUhack 2018. Hacks will be judged on technical difficulty, design, the problem addressed, and the X-factor.

Prize: Choice between a 4K Monitor OR a Nintentdo Switch for each team member + Goldman goodie bags.

TAMUhack 2nd Place

Second best hack at TAMUhack 2018. Hacks will be judged on technical difficulty, design, the problem addressed, and the X-factor.

Prize: 4K Monitor OR a Nintendo Switch for each team member based on what the 1st place team chooses.

TAMUhack 3rd Place

Third best hack at TAMUhack 2018. Hacks will be judged on technical difficulty, design, the problem addressed, and the X-factor.

Prize: Amazon Echo Plus and a Philips Hue bulb for building a smart home for each team member.

TAMUhack Best First Time Hackers

Best hack created by first time hackers at TAMUhack 2018. Hacks will be judged on technical difficulty, design, the problem addressed, and the X-factor.

Prize: Google Chromecast for each team member.

TAMUhack Best Hardware Hack

Best hardware hack at TAMUhack 2018. Hacks will be judged on use of hardware, technical difficulty, design, the problem addressed, and the X-factor.

Prize: Insignia smart Wifi plug for each team member.

American Airlines

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries.

Challenge: Build something to enhance customer experience or help our employees.


Prize: Flight tickets and an invitation to the AA hackathon!

1st Place: 2 international tickets per team member.

2nd Place: 2 domestic tickets per team member.

3rd Place: 1 domestic ticket per team member.

Capital One

Capital One is a diversified bank that offers a broad array of financial products and services to consumers, small business and commercial clients. Capital One is one of the nation’s top 10 banks and has one of the most widely recognized brands in America. Capital One is filled with bright, creative, forward-thinking (people/individuals) who share an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for what they do every day.

Challenge: Best financial hack.


(Available for use, but it is not a requirement for the prize)

Prize: $250 Amazon gift card for each team member.

JP Morgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) is one of the oldest financial institutions in the United States. With a history dating back over 200 years, here's where we stand today: We are a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion. We operate in more than 60 countries. We have over 240,000 employees. We serve millions of consumers, small businesses and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients. We are a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing and asset management. Our stock is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Challenge: Best hack for social good.

Prize: Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear headphones for each team member.


Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 435,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

Challenge: “Best Hack for Secure Data” with a focus on cybersecurity. A solution that best demonstrates a method to keep the data secure. The judging criteria is technical difficulty and problem addressed.

Prize: $250 Amazon gift card for each team member.


Esri, the global market leader in geographic information systems (GIS), offers the most powerful mapping and spatial analytics technology available. Since 1969, Esri has helped customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Today, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including the world’s largest cities, most national governments, 75% of the Fortune 500, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities.

Challenge: Develop something cool, something neat, and something inspiring that uses our ArcGIS platform and APIs. Our judging criteria will include problem addressed, technical difficulty, design, and presentation.


Other info: Don’t miss our workshop on Saturday at 2pm to get a leg up on the competition with some cool tips and tricks.

Prize: $1,000 to the winning team

General Motors

General Motors is a global automotive company united by a single purpose: to earn customers for life. GM employs 181,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. GM has a complete range of vehicles on a global scale that includes: Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, Baojun, Wuling, and Jiefang.


Be Bold – awarded to the team/individual that takes the biggest technical risk.

Look Ahead – awarded to the team/individual that sees a potential issue in the future and tries to solve it.

Innovate Now – awarded to the team/individual that is the most innovative.

One Team – awarded to the team/individual that exhibits the best team first attitude.

Think Customer – awarded to the team/individual that focuses on the customer/end user.

It’s On Me – awarded to the individual that receives the most compelling nomination from their peers (nominations can be placed on our Slack channel or in person).

Prize: Raspberry Pi Zero, Amazon Echo, Bluetooth ODBII, and Arduino starter kit, and a Mini-Projector.


We are HBK, a multi-strategy fund managing around $10.5 billion in AUM with offices in Dallas, New York, and London. We trade a variety of asset classes around the world, leveraging a mix of fundamental and systematic strategies and internal technology groups who partner with our business. We are looking for talented software developers to join our growing teams and internship program.

Challenge: Best hack involving a financial transaction. This is fairly open-ended, so it could include anything involving a payment or even the blockchain.

Prize: $250 Amazon gift card for each team member.

Goldman Sachs

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.

Challenge: Contributing to the 1st place winners of TAMUhack.

Prize: Four goodie bags filled with several items, such as notebooks, headphones, umbrellas, fisheye lens, popsockets, tumblers and powerbanks.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines exists to Connect people to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, low-cost air travel. We aspire to become the World's Most Loved, Most Flown, and Most Profitable Airline. Southwest is the nation’s largest airline and the only airline to remain profitable for an incredible 44 consecutive years. The company was recently ranked the second best place to work (Indeed) and are known for our legendary culture.

Challenge: We are looking for the hack that best promotes Hospitality within the commercial aviation industry. Southwest Airlines' Hospitality is achieved when Employees and Customers feel welcomed, cared for, and appreciated. This closely aligns with our desire to “WOW Our Customers” as well as to deliver Legendary Customer Service with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit. Our judging criteria will include technical complexity, innovativeness, and Southwest brand relevance.

Prize: $100 Southwest gift card for each member of the winning team. (Up to 4 people)