LA Hacks 2018

Collaborate. Innovate. Educate.

March 30 - April 1, 2018
Pauley Pavilion, UCLA

Apps Close Feb 20

LA Hacks is...


It’s you and a stadium full of hackers in the historic Pauley Pavilion. Work, eat, play, and engage with your new friends from all over the nation.


We provide the mentors, software, and hardware you need to spark your creativity. Use our resources to build your next big invention.


Regardless of race, gender, or experience level, we value the unique contributions each hacker can bring to the space.

What track will you take?


Education is the backbone of progress, and LA is one of the largest hubs in the world, with more and more students every year. Build a project that changes how we think about education.


Physical, mental, and emotional health are the backbone of our existence. We want to focus on encouraging a healthy mindset, active lifestyle, and well-rounded future. Work towards maximizing your potential in the world of healthcare.


Here, in the entertainment capital of the world, you have access to the movers and shakers of the industry. Strive to break the molds of entertainment and enhance it with technology.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Who can attend?

All students are welcome! This includes university undergrads, graduate students, and high school students. Whether you’re building your first website, dabbling in Photoshop, or making the next cryptocurrency, LA Hacks welcomes you.

How much will this cost?

Admission is free for all hackers! That includes food, drinks, and transportation for some schools in California. 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 do teams work?

Teams may contain up to 5 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 of hardware to loan out. We also recommend bringing a sleeping bag for a good night’s rest.

What if I have an unanswered question?

We’re here for you! Send us an email at or feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook.

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