Excited for a weekend of networking with the coolest people and mentors, competing for incredible prizes, and coding solutions for the real world? UCSB's 4th annual hackathon is ready for you all... Mark your calendars for January 19th-21st! Students of all backgrounds and skill sets welcome :)

Get PUMPED AF because this means:

  • A 36 hour adrenaline rush from problem solving, coding, and collaborating
  • Hands-on experience using company tech and hardware not accessible elsewhere
  • Getting mentored by industry professionals from companies like Google and SpaceX
  • Developing your skill set from workshops
  • Starting off the new year with a mini beach getaway
  • FREE food, snacks, and drinks all weekend (just one less adult responsibility to worry about)
  • Did we mention you'll be coding in paradise?

Hackathon Sponsors


$47,510 in prizes

Grand Prize

$750 to each team member for up to $3000

Honorable Mention

The winning team will receive (1) Round-trip tickets provided by Surf Air and (2) Thirty-minute office hour with Y Combinator Partner: Kat Manalac

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi + Pihut Essentials Kit for each team member!

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS credit for each team member!

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Dragonboard 410c for each team member!

LogMeIn Best Use of ML Technologies

Guaranteed interviews and Amazon Echo Dots for each member of the winning team!

Lockheed Martin V/R Challenge

Amazon Echo (2nd Gen.) & Lockheed Martin Swag

AppFolio Best Use of Ruby on Rails

A $500 Amazon Gift Card for the winning team

Daydream Best Daydream V/R Hack

2 Google Homes!

FastSpring Best Buyer/Seller Experience Using FastSpring API

F181DH RC Drone Quadcopters for each member on the winning team!

Firebase Best Use of Firebase API

Nintendo Switches for each member of the winning team!

Arthrex Visual Based Gesture Challenge

$500 prize!

Best use of Typescript or C#

$100 to each team member of the winning team. A ride around SB in a Tesla Model 3. Interviews at Spacex!

Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Minis and Chromecasts to each team member of the winning team

Best use of C++

$500 Amazon Gift Card

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Brian Coryat

Brian Coryat
Angel Investor

Xavier Guillemane

Xavier Guillemane
CEO of Podcast Addict

Karan Goel

Karan Goel
Software Engineer at Google & Founder of DubHacks


Machine Learning Engineer at Bloomberg

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Merit
    What type of technical challenges did the group deal with?
  • Originality
    How unique and innovative is the demo? Can it be found in previous submissions?
  • Practicality
    How useful is this demo based on the problem they are trying to solve?
  • Design
    Is the project visually appealing? Does the project have a pleasant user experience?
  • Wow Factor
    Are you blown away by what you see?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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