Expand your horizons. LA Hacks 2019.

Welcome to LA Hacks, Southern California's oldest premiere hackathon. We're one of the largest in the world and this March 29-31st, we're welcoming over a thousand hackers and innovators to UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. 

 

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Prizes

$17,250 in prizes

LA Hacks Grand Prize

1x Nintendo Switch for each team member

LA Hacks Second Place

1x drone for each team member

LA Hacks Third Place

LA Hacks Best sustainLA Hack

1x beatsX earphones for each team member

LA Hacks Best envisionLA Hack

1x Google Home Hub for each team member

LA Hacks Best safeLA Hack

1x Kindle for each team member

Best AppLovin Hack

1x Beats headphone for each team member

Best Use of BlackRock Aladdin API

1x QuadCopter drone for each team member

Capital One Best Financial Hack

1x $300 Amazon gift card for each team member

Coding it Forward Best Social Impact Hack

$500 for winning team

Facebook Best Community Building Hack

1x Oculus Go headset for each team member

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform API (2)

Grand prize: 1x Google Home Mini, Cloud Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy and Water Bottle for each team member
Runner up: 1x Google Home Mini for each team member

Best Use of iTradeNetwork API

1x $250 Visa gift card and Bose Micro Soundlink Portable Speaker for each team member

Site 1001 Big Data Award

1x $100 Amazon gift card for each team member

Honey Best Fairness Hack

1x Bose Quiet Headphone for each team member

Hacker Fund Social Impact Prize (3)

The teams that create the best nonprofit hack that (1) protects the environment, (2) helps the disadvantaged, or (3) educates the community will get an interview for our nonprofit accelerator. We will offer this prize to three teams.

Best Use of Smartcar API

1x Google Home Mini & GE Smart Bulb for each team member

MLH Best IOT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

DragonBoard 410c

MLH Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Raspberry Pi Kit

MLH Best Use of Google Cloud Platform (2)

Google Home Mini

Best Use of Twilio API

1x Sonos speaker for each team member

Best Use of Taboola Trends API

1x AirPods for each team member

Best Hack using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

$400 for winning team

Best Hack using Oracle Autonomous DB

$300 for winning team

Oracle Best Hack using ML/DS

$200 for winning team

Oracle Best Hardware Hack

$100 for winning team

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Teams must be of size 5 or less.

All attendees who are submitting projects must be enrolled in a university or similar program.

Requirements

Submit your project before 10:00 a.m. on Sunday! You may continue working until 11.

Judges

LA Hacks Team

LA Hacks Team

Basil Shikin

Basil Shikin
AppLovin

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Inspire innovation in the next generation of students. Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem? This category will be based solely on the idea.
  • Impact / Usefulness
    Impact lies in our hackathon’s roots. We look for hacks that have large social impact. Is the hack impactful? Does it fulfill a real need people have? This category will be based solely on the idea.
  • Feasibility/Practicality
    At LA Hacks, we look for new and original ideas, we want hackers to think outside the box, but we also want the ideas to be somewhat practical. Is this project feasible and practical in the next 3-5 years? This category will be based solely on the idea.
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult to develop? Is it a simple API mashup or is it a comprehensive effort that leverages advanced architecture, tough algorithms, and various libraries and languages?
  • Polish / Design
    Clean and seamless hacks are hard to come-by. Is the hack usable in its current state? Does everything appear to work as intended? Does it deliver a beautiful experience? Is it mostly bug-free?