Stuck for ideas? You’re not alone. Even the creative geniuses of our time need places to start to get some inspiration. Here are some ideas to help you get started.
Solve a Community Problem
Create something that helps with student and community life.
- Transit app where you can plan your trip based on cost, distance, time, or enviromental impact.
- Accessability on Campus app which shows accessable routes on campus, or lets students report accessability devices that are not working.
- An app for finding best priced delivery service (e.g., GrubHub) for food in area, or an update on what food trucks are on campus
- A textbook exchange system for exchanging textbooks for money, other textbooks, or services
Make Something Helpful
Create something that helps teach people something new, or addresses some issues a person might face.
- A cloud-hosted CTF platform which spins up a service or resource that participants can hack or take over
- Simple programming tutor that teaches someone to write a for-loop.
- Browser-based data visualization for a dataset on data.gov
- Interactive coding challenges based on questions from LeetCode
- A resume grammar validator and/or parser
- Template engines for portfolio websites
Make Something Silly
A fun project can make your hackathon experience that much better! Here are a few ideas for inspiration:
- Add googly eyes to images programmatically; use cloud storage for images, ML tools for feature recognition (eyes), and a cloud function with image tools (e.g. ImageMagick) to add the googly eyes.
- A simple online game (Check out agar.io, for example)
- A website exclusively inspired by a randomly generated GitHub repository name (How about
ideal-octo-meme? What does GitHub suggest when you create a new repository?)
- A wiki for memes
- SaaSquatch (But what is that, you ask? We have no clue! What do you think it should be?)
- Automated image modulation (Check out this website for an implementation example)