UC Davis's premier hackathon for social good.

With the rapid advancement of technology, it is important to use its power in ways that benefit society. HackDavis challenges its participants to hack for social good, and create an opportunity for us to explore the intersection between technology and society.

On January 16-17, over 600 students, hackers, and creators will come together for 36 hours of hacking. For the 6th year in a row, we're bringing the most talented students in California (and beyond!) to address the world’s most pressing issues. Participants are able to build projects that address many social good initiatives. And, for the first time in HackDavis's history, we will be hosting our event online, making our event more accessible to more students across the globe than ever before.

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Prizes

$14,726 in prizes

Best Hack for Social Good

A Nintendo Switch for each member of the winning team

Best Beginner Hack

A Smart TV for each member of the winning team. Every team member must be a beginner in order to qualify.

Best Interdisciplinary Hack

A Fitbit for each member of the winning team. At least one member of the team needs to be a non-CS/CSE/otherwise CS-related major in order to qualify.

Best Design with Sketch

A license to Sketch for each member of the winning team. Your project must use Sketch's design tools in order to qualify.

Best Use of Tensorflow.js

A Pixel 4A smartphone for every member on the winning team. Your project must use Tensorflow.js in order to qualify.

Best Global Hack

Best Global Hack goes to the team that offers a way to address one or more of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and goes to the best project by a team of hackers from multiple (at least 2) time zones. Each winning team member receives an Amazon Kindle.

Best Use of Twilio API

A Logitech webcam for each member of the winning team. Your project must use the Twilio API in order to qualify.

Best Use of Confluent Platforms

A $500 Amazon gift card for the winning team. Your project must use Confluent Platforms in order to qualify.

Best Pitch With Contrary

$500 cash prize for the winning team. Your project will be judged during the Contrary Mini-Event on Sunday.

DigitalOcean (3)

DigitalOcean credits will be given to each member of the winning teams for Best Hack for Social Good ($250 each), Best Beginner Hack ($125 each), and Best Interdisciplinary Hack ($125 each).

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Register a .tech, .space, or .online domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger & Domain.com Backpack.

Best use of Google Cloud (2)

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud.

1st Place:
US Residents: Google Cloud Patagonia Backpack + Water Bottle

International Residents: Google Cloud Patagonia Backpack or Patagonia Tote

2nd Place:
Google Cloud Parkland Backpack

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key (2)

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with Arduino Uno R3 included. We select two winning teams for this category. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

Best use of DataStax Astra

Apache Cassandra is one of the most widely used database technologies in modern computing with a proven track record of scalability. Just ask Apple, Netflix and eBay. Build a hack using DataStax Astra’s Cassandra-made-easy service and gain in-demand skills along with a chance to win Blue Snowball Microphones for you and your whole team. It’s easy to sign up with 5GB free and no credit card needed. Start becoming a Cassandra expert today!

Best Hack for Inclusion

Developing tech solutions for an audience that has less access to technology, ensuring the innovation of AI is fair, accountable, and trustworthy. Each team member of the winning team will receive an iPad mini!

Best Health Hack

Create an emotional and mental health hack that can help people mid-pandemic form connections and cope at home while social distancing. The winning team for this prize category will receive a Wireless PowerBeats Pro per team member!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Participants: Individuals currently enrolled in a college or university, or who have graduated at any time in 2020. Participants must also be 18 years or older.
  • Countries: Anywhere! However, note that our hackathon's schedule is in Pacific Standard Time.
  • Teams: Participants can form teams of up to 4 people.

Requirements

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED FOR AND CHECKED IN TO HACKDAVIS TO WORK ON A PROJECT / SUBMISSION.

  • Maximum of four people per team.
  •  Your project must be completed entirely in the designated hacking window. You cannot work on your project before hacking begins (which is officially 9:00 AM PT on Saturday, January 16, 2021).
  • You must submit your project before 7:30 PM PT on Sunday, January 17th.
  • You cannot steal another team's code in any way, shape, or form.
  • The decisions that judges make are final.
  • You can select up to 5 prize categories to be eligible for. Everyone's hack will be included in the "Best Hack for Social Good" category in addition to these prize categories.

Judges

Marybeth Kavanagh

Marybeth Kavanagh
UCD GSM department

Emily Merchant

Emily Merchant
UCD STS department

Nina Amenta

Nina Amenta
UCD CS department

Christopher Nitta

Christopher Nitta
UCD CS department

Joel Porquet-Lupine

Joel Porquet-Lupine
UCD CS department

Zubair Shafiq

Zubair Shafiq
UCD CS department

Jane Gu

Jane Gu
UCD ECE department

Zhi Ding

Zhi Ding
UCD ECE department

Ralph Aldredge

Ralph Aldredge
UCD MAE department

Mohamed Hafez

Mohamed Hafez
UCD MAE department

Iman Soltani

Iman Soltani
UCD MAE department

Anthony Wexler

Anthony Wexler
UCD MAE department

Jeffrey Earles

Jeffrey Earles
UCD BAE department

Isaya Kisekka

Isaya Kisekka
UCD BAE department

Ali Moghimi

Ali Moghimi
UCD BAE department

Zhongli Pan

Zhongli Pan
UCD BAE department

Ashwin Aravindakshan

Ashwin Aravindakshan
UCD GSM department

Jörn Boehnke

Jörn Boehnke
UCD GSM department

Pantelis Loupos

Pantelis Loupos
UCD GSM department

Vasu Unnava

Vasu Unnava
UCD GSM department

Roland Faller

Roland Faller
UCD ChemE department

Sashi Kunnath

Sashi Kunnath
UCD Civ Eng department

Linda Huang

Linda Huang
UCD Design graduate student

Jennifer Liu
University of Toronto CS graduate student

Jayneel Vora

Jayneel Vora
UCD CS PhD student

Rajiv Agarwal

Rajiv Agarwal
Hexagon

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity
    How technically impressive is the project? If competing in an API/hardware usage category, is the API/hardware used extensively?
  • Polish
    How complete is the project? Is it just on the design stage, coding stage, etc.? Ideally the project has 1 or more functionalities finished or close to finishing.
  • Originality
    Has this project been done before? Does this project make others think this is a really cool idea and question why they didn't think of it before?
  • Usefulness
    How beneficial will this project be to its target audience? How much will it impact their lives? Are people likely to use it often, and will they have a good experience when doing so?