What is a Hackathon?

LA Hacks is a student competition to build the most exciting technology products within a timeframe of 36 hours. Products will be judged by professionals in the tech industry. Check out this blog post by hackathon guru Dave Fontenot to learn more.

Who can attend?

All students are welcome! This includes university undergrads, graduate students, and high school students. We welcome complete beginners eager to write their first lines of code and experienced programmers alike!

How much does it cost to attend?

Admission is free for all hackers! That includes food, drinks, and transportation for those taking LA Hacks sponsored buses coming from all UC schools. Those living outside of California are still encouraged to apply and reimbursements for travel will be granted on a case by case basis.

What can my team build?

Whatever hardware, software, or technology-related projects you and your team can come up with! Projects will be judged based on creativity, technical difficulty, polish, and usefulness.

How big are teams?

Teams may contain up to 4 people. If you don't have a team prior to LA Hacks, that's completely fine - we will be holding a team-matching session at the beginning of the hacking period. You can also compete alone, but that's a lot less fun!

What should I bring?

All attendees are required to bring their valid student ID for admission (name must match the application). If you want to do a hardware hack, don't forget to bring the devices you plan on working with just in case we run out hardware to loan out. We also recommend bringing a sleeping bag for naps.


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