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.www.lahacks.com
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.
$47,300 in prizes
LA Hacks Winner
DJI Phantom Quadcopter Drone,
LA Hacks 2nd Place
Myo Gesture Control Armband,
LA Hacks 3rd Place
LA Hacks Top 4 - 11 (7)
Best Data Hack
Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App Controlled Robot
(See Data Hack judging criteria)
Best First Time Hack
$2000 scholarships to winning team members to attend Make School's Summer Academy.
(Eligible if it is the first hackathon for more than half the team)
LA Hacks Challenges Prize
If your Hack attempts to solve one of the 7 LA Hacks Challenges revealed at the event (look at judging criteria).
Prize: Laser Projection Keyboards
Best Sustainable Hack
Solar Powered Backpacks. Sponsored by UCLA TGIF
Best Use of Linode API
Best Use of Microsoft Technology
Best Athlete Experience Hack
TBD. Sponsored by LA2024
Best Civic Hack
TBD. Sponsored by City of LA
1517 Prize (3)
$1000 grants to three teams of choice by 1517.
Best Space Exploration Hack
Special Tour of the JPL HQ
Best Gaming Hack by Playfull
Free Chick-fil-A for a year, Restaurant T-Shirts and swag, Free Food Rewards.
Best Use of the Aladdin API
Quadcopter Drones sponsored by Blackrock.
Best User Experience Hack
Sponsored by Disney.
Best Use of Wolfram Tech (3)
Year of access to Wolfram Development Platform: 1000 Wolfram|Alpha API calls per month, 10,000 monthly Cloud Credits, customizable URLs, storage, and more.
Best Potential for Commercialization Success (2)
Invite to a breakfast presentation with Angel Investors.
Best Hack Innovating the Fan Experience
TBD. Sponsored by LA2024
LA Hacks Top 12 - 20 (9)
1 year of Wolfram Pro for each team member
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
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.
Olympian, Former NFL Player, CEO of Integrate, LA24
Executive Director, TechStars
Chief Data Officer, City of LA
Invester and Entrepreneur, Startup UCLA
Strategy, Digital Distribution, and Technology Executive, Warner Bros.
AGM, City of LA
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?
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?
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