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Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM (PDT)


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1st place: Bubble Coup

2nd place: Project Slug

3rd place: Top 5

People's choice award: Top 5


  • Rent Bros
  • Relight
  • Protest

Mark Adams was the student organizer for the event:

Judge assignments, present in order listed.

1) Caleb Baskin: The rent project, Top 5, Do you know Santa Cruz? Yo'opinion

2) Charles "Chicks" Hicks: Swell, Bubblecoup, Project Bacon, Slugger

3) Brandon Allgood: Happy Traveler, Cruzcal, Where's the bus, Relight

4) Jim King: Surf-a-Cruz, Pictocruz, Choonage, Project Slug

5) Wedge Martin: Beacon, Cruzamatics, Where's the bacon?, what's good?, Protest

Join us this Spring, for UCSC's 1st annual hackathon: HACK UCSC. 150 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs will come together to build out cool ideas.

Meals and T-shirts provided!


How many mentors to a team? A team can have as many mentors as it wants, but the mentor who contributed most is listed as attached for the awards dinner.

Can I write software for pre-made hardware? Yes, however the code must be done during the event.

What are presentations like? Each team has 4 minutes to present to their assigned judge and then 2 minutes for Q&A. We are strict about cutoffs, so be sure to practice your pitch to be under 4 minutes. Finalists can use the projection equipment, we have the equipment to mirror a pc screen, but not a smartphone. So if you make a mobile app, take screenshots or video of it in action if you plan on showing it off to everyone!

Ask questions via email or in-person. Mark is leaving around 5pm.


What's it about?

A hackathon is a coding marathon where teams comprised of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs work together to create apps and programs. The theme of the event is “Santa Cruz”.  What does Santa Cruz mean to you? What would you build for Dominican or Sutter hospital? For the surfers, kitesurfers, mountain bike riders, or runners? Its up to you and your team to come up with the most novel solution to the problems you see.

What are the Prizes?

  • 1st Place: $4000

  • 2nd Place: $3000

  • 3rd Place: $2000

  • People's Choice: $1000

Winners also get the chance to present to potential angel investors/VC's, treated like Rockstars at the awards dinner, their name in the papers and make history as the victors of the UCSC's first hackathon.



Who can participate?

Most tickets are for students, however a limited number are available for non-students. Teams can be spontaneously formed at the event, or pre-formed prior the event. All teams formed at the event must have at least one coder to make their creation come to life.  Each UCSC student team can also have one non-UCSC member.  Remember: each ticket is for one person, not a team!

When and where is it?

HACK UCSC will be held in the Oakes Learning Center on April 5-6 (1st weekend of Spring Quarter). The Oakes Learning Center is located above Guzman room and Oakes Cafe and is next to the Oakes Housing Office. Google Maps has the location of Oakes Housing Office, but not the OLC. Event opens to ticket holders at 9:50 AM on Saturday.

Basic Rules

Apps and product demos must be coded during the 32 hour duration of the Hackathon. This means no pre-written code (other than open-source) may be used. However, pre-formed teams may work on refining an idea or designing the UI/UX, logo, etc in advance. Participants can leave the OLC at any time and code elsewhere, however all participants are required to use Github to prove that code written was indeed written during the event. This check will only apply to the finalists. Pre-installed software (e.g., IDE's) is fine. There are no restriction on coding languages used.

How is it judged?

The resulting apps will be scored on their relevance to the Santa Cruz community, technical merit, and idea novelty, by carefully selected judges from the Santa Cruz tech community. Teams will initially present to one judge, who then picks his best choice from those who presented. Each chosen team then presents in front of all the judges and in front of the hackathon participants. Finalists will then attend the awards dinner where 4 winners will be announced. Additional non-cash prizes will be available at the event.


There will be two rounds of judging for the Hackathon. In the first round each judge will be assigned 5-7 teams. The judge will score each team and the highest scored team will then move on to finals. Finalists will present to all judges who will score each hack and decide on the winners of HACK UCSC. Judges will be provided with scoring sheets.

Hacks will be judged on the following criteria:

Technical Merit? (33%)


- Does it accomplish its stated goal?


- Does it work as is, or does it require additional resources (code or data?) (e.g mostly mocked up or working prototype)


- Was a difficult technical challenge overcome?

Santa Cruz Community? (33%)


- Does it solve a real problem?


- How many people does it impact (few/many)?


- Is it relevant to Santa Cruz/UCSC?

Novelty (33%)


- Has it been done before?


- Or Is it a major improvement on an existing idea?


What's the Schedule?


April 5th, 2014

9:30 AM

Doors open, check-in begins, breakfast is served

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Welcome, Keynote Pump Up Speaker, Q&A

11 AM - 12PM

Pitches and group formation

12 PM

Hacking begins!

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch is served

3:00 PM

Team registration closes

6:00 PM

Dinner is served



April 6th, 2014

10:00 AM-10:30 AM       

Brunch is served

12:00-1:00 PM

Lunch is served

3:00 PM

30 Minute Warning! Coding is stop to in half an hour

3:30 PM

Coding Freeze

3:45 PM - 4:20 PM

General Presentations

4:50 PM - 5:10 PM

Finalist Presentations

5:15 - 6:00 PM

Final Teams announced


Awards Dinner (Finalists attend)

Community Sponsors

  • Santa Cruz Tech Beat
  • TechRaising


We are looking forward to seeing you there!




HACK UCSC reserves the right to reschedule the event, change prize amounts and/or restrict entry to participants. Teams in violation of contest rules (plagiarism, pre-event code) may be subject to further disciplinary action in addition to being disqualified from the event. In the event that maximum capacity is reached, some teams may not be able to participate. While efforts will be made to ensure event security, HACK UCSC is not responsible for loss or theft of personal property at the event.


Photo credits: Mark Adams  / LaunchHack 2013

Secret Judge list (did you scroll down this far? Congrats! You get a sneak peek at judges)

- Rob Blumberg

- Caleb Baskin

- Jim King

- Charles Hicks

- Wedge Martin

- Brandon Allgood



Have questions about HACK UCSC 2014? Contact the organizer

When & Where

Oakes Learning Center
Oakes Housing Office
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 6:00 PM (PDT)

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