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.
$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
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
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Teams must be of size 5 or less.
All attendees who are submitting projects must be enrolled in a university or similar program.
Submit your project before 10:00 a.m. on Sunday! You may continue working until 11.
LA Hacks Team
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.
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.
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?