LA Hacks is the largest student-run hackathon in Southern California, bringing together over a thousand hackers each year to create innovative solutions to modern problems.

Although LA Hacks is virtual this year, the core of our hackathon is still the same. Hackers will push the boundaries of technology by creating trailblazing projects that showcase their skills and innovative thinking. Join us online for a week of coding, panels, workshops and other fun activities from March 21-28th, 2021. We hope to see you there!

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$41,550 in prizes

LA Hacks Grand Prize

1x Oculus Rift S PC-Powered VR Gaming Headset for each team member
1x trip to Pinnacle for each team member

LA Hacks 2nd Place

1x Tello Boost Combo Quadcopter Drone for each team member

LA Hacks 3rd Place

1x Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer for each team member

LA Hacks Best Level Up Hack

1x Echo Dot (4th Gen) and 1x Smart LED Strip Lights for each team member
1x Consensys Blockchain Developer Program On-Demand license for each team member

LA Hacks Best Impact Hack

1x $100 Allbirds Gift Card for each team member
1x Sketch license for each team member

LA Hacks Best Network Hack

1x Portal Mini for each team member
1x GrowthHackers Growth University Licenses for each team member

LA Hacks Best K-12 Hack

1x GRC Mini Projector for each team member

[1st Place] Best Use of Google Cloud

1x Google Cloud Backpack for each team member

[2nd Place] Best Use of Google Cloud

1x Google Cloud Prize Bundle for each team member, includes:
1x Pillow (Blue and White)
1x beanie
1x socks
1x journal
5x lanyards

[1st Place] BlackRock Challenge

1x reMarkable 2 Tablet and BlackRock swag for each team member

[2nd Place] BlackRock Challenge

1x Patagonia Duffel Bag and BlackRock swag for each team member

Best Hack using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

$500 for winning team

Best Hack using Oracle Autonomous Database

$300 for winning team

Best Hack using Machine Learning and/or Data Science

$200 for winning team

LA Hacks Best K-12 Hack

1x GRC Mini Projector for each team member

LA Hacks Top 5 (5)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Requirements

Create your Devpost submission on the LA Hacks Devpost before 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 28th! All submissions must include a <2 minute demo video for judging purposes. You may continue working on and editing your Devpost submission until 11am.

After creating a Devpost submission, all teams must also fill out a form in order to be considered for judging.

Submission Link

On your Devpost submission you may submit your project to as many tracks or sponsor prizes as you would like, provided you think your project is applicable to that track/sponsor prize; we will review your project for each track you apply to, and Sponsors will also review your project for each sponsor prize you submit your project to.

Projects without a demo video will not be judged. These videos will be shown to our judges and if your project ends up being among our top five projects, it will be played during our closing ceremony. 

Please reference the Judging Criteria for what your demo should contain.

Judges

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Judging Criteria

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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