Learn it. Build it.

LA Hacks is a weekend dedicated to you and 999 other students in Pauley Pavilion. Collaborate and build creative solutions to problems, while pushing the limits of your mind and body to make something amazing.


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LA Hacks focuses primarily on undergraduate and graduate students but accepts high school students and recent grads (1-2 years out) on a case-by-case basis. Dropouts who would otherwise currently be in college are cool too.

How to enter

All submissions must be made before 9am on Sunday!!! You will be allowed to hack till 10am but challenge post submissions must be made by 9am Sunday or your submission will not be valid! Please make sure of this. 


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Jeremy Bloom
Olympian, Former NFL Player, CEO of Integrate, LA24

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Cody Simms
Executive Director, TechStars

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Lillian Coral
Chief Data Officer, City of LA

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Robert Jadon
Invester and Entrepreneur, Startup UCLA

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Susan Chang
Strategy, Digital Distribution, and Technology Executive, Warner Bros.

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Jeanne Holm
AGM, City of LA

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Laith Azzam
Engineer/Designer, Crowdcast.io

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    We at LA Hacks want to grow and inspire innovation in the next generation of students. Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Impact / Usefulness
    Impact lies in our hackathon’s roots. We look for hacks that have large social impact as well as general practicality. Is the hack practical? Is the hack impactful? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • 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?
  • Data Track
    Is the data expressed in a creative and visually appealing manner? Does the visualization help with extracting new information from the data set? What conclusions did you draw? Were the conclusions interesting and original?
  • LA Hacks Challenges
    If your hack attempts to tackle one of the challenges mentioned on the website, then mention it in your Devpost submission and in your demos during judging: https://lahacks.com/live/guide.html#challenges