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 18-19, over 600 students, hackers, and creators will come together for 24 hours of hacking. For the 5th year in a row, we're bringing the most talented students in California to address the world’s most pressing issues. Participants are able to build projects that address many social good initiatives.

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Eligibility

Attendees have to be at least 18 years old.

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 1:00 PM PT on Saturday, January 18th, 2020).

- You must submit your project by 1:00 PM PT on Sunday, January 19th.

- You cannot steal another team's code in any way, shape, or form.

- The decisions that judges make are final.

Judges

Charles Martel

Charles Martel
Professor / UC Davis

Peter Linz

Peter Linz
Professor / UC Davis

Kenneth Joy

Kenneth Joy
Professor / UC Davis

Joel Porquet

Joel Porquet
Professor / UC Davis

Kristian Stevens

Kristian Stevens
Professor / UC Davis

Rajeevan Amirtharajah

Rajeevan Amirtharajah
Professor / UC Davis

Christopher Nitta

Christopher Nitta
Professor / UC Davis

Marybeth Kavanagh

Marybeth Kavanagh
Lecturer / UC Davis

Emily Merchant

Emily Merchant
Professor / UC Davis

Nina Amenta

Nina Amenta
Professor / UC Davis

Gerardo Con Diaz

Gerardo Con Diaz
Professor / UC Davis

Hemant Bhargava

Hemant Bhargava
Professor / UC Davis

William Putnam

William Putnam
Professor / UC Davis

Omeed Momeni

Omeed Momeni
Professor / UC Davis

Vladimir Filkov

Vladimir Filkov
Professor / UC Davis

Andre Knoesen

Andre Knoesen
Professor / UC Davis

Justin Perona

Justin Perona
PhD Student / UC Davis

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?