The Florida Hacks with IBM hackathon is starting now, and is open to all students in the United States (that's you). Despite being run by the Univ. of Florida, they are actively seeking participation from students across the US.
The focus of the hackathon is "creating solutions to combat climate change" with a Florida emphasis. Challenge areas include:
- Climate Change & Florida Ecosystem
- Improving the Condition of Florida’s Waterways
- Sustainable Fisheries
- Power Consumption
- Animal Agriculture
Very rich prize pool for a hackathon, including $30k grand prize, $20k second place, $15k third place, $3k challenge category winners. There are also $1k prizes for top engagement in various aspects of the contest.
More details and how to apply and participate can be found here: https://floridahackswithibm.bemyapp.com/