Get ready to hack for 36 hours at UCLA's iconic Pauley Pavilion! We've set up an awesome event, so we just need you to bring your energy and creativity.


Check-in begins at 6pm on Friday March 30th, and the event ends around 4pm on Sunday April 1st (yes, April Fool's Day)


Teams must be of size 5 or less.

All attendees who are submitting projects must be enrolled in a university or similar program.

Hackathon Sponsors


$23,050 in prizes

LA Hacks Grand Prize

1x Nintendo Switch for each team member

LA Hacks Second Place

1x Cooler Master Masterkeys Pro L keyboard for each team member and 1x Cooler Master MasterBox E500L for each team member

LA Hacks Third Place

1x Cooler Master Masterset MS120 Combo keyboard for each team member

LA Hacks Best Entertainment Hack

1x Drone for each team member

LA Hacks Best Education Hack

1x Amazon Kindle for each team member

LA Hacks Best Health Hack

1x Fitbit for each team member

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform or Firebase

4x Google Homes and 4x Chromecasts

Pixster Best Photo Voting Challenge Application

$1,000 cash to the team that creates the best application for users to vote on photos they like

Playfull Best Gaming Hack

Free Ike’s for year

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c + power source

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Use of the Foursquare API

2 Amazon Echos, 2 Google Daydreams

Blackrock - Best Use of the Aladdin API Prize

Quad-copter drones to each member of the winning team

Private Internet Access (PIA) Challenge

$1,000 cash

Nanome Inc. Blockchain Challenge (Details will be on Slack)

1,000 MATRYX Tokens, media posts by Matryx and Nanome recognizing your achievement, and mentions to Nanome's 15,000+ telegram community members

Make Something People Want Grant: 1517 (3)

$1,000 grant

Opendoor - Coolest real estate related or offline experience hack


Baidu PaddlePaddle API Challenge (3)

Gimi smart tv projector

Best Unity Hack

Unity Pro license for each team member

Best Use of Twilio API

1x Star Wars Drone per Team Member

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


The LA Hacks Organizing Team

The LA Hacks Organizing Team

Varadh Jain

Varadh Jain

Waad Aljradat

Waad Aljradat
inMarket Media

Justin Brezhnev

Justin Brezhnev
Hacker Fund



Jackie Jin

Jackie Jin





Judging Criteria

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

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