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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Prizes

$29,930 in prizes

Most Social Good Impact (2)

1st place: Oculus Go for each member of the winning team.

2nd place: JBL FLIP 5 for each member of the winning team.

Most Technically Challenging Hack

Apple AirPods for each member of the winning team.

Most Creative Hack

Fitbit Inspire HR for each member of the winning team.

Best Beginner Hack

Magic Bullet for each member of the winning team.

Best Sustainability Hack with OSIsoft Data (3)

1st place: $500 Amazon gift card for the winning team.

2nd place: $300 Amazon gift card for the winning team.

3rd place: $200 Amazon gift card for the winning team.

Best Health Hack sponsored by Centene

Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Bluetooth Speakers for each member of the winning team.

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform (3)

1st place: Google Home Mini, Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, and Cloud Water Bottle for each member of the winning team.

2nd place: Google Home Mini for each member of the winning team.

3rd place: Google Home Mini for each member of the winning team.

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.

Best Potential Startup sponsored by 1517 Funds (3)

$1,000 grant and $5,000 AWS credits for each of the three winning teams.

If interested, please have one member from your team fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDT_N8KpHq9YgQGhYzy_x4m01e1eNMByiQEzVXn4758mwwOA/viewform. Your team has until Friday 1/24 at 11:59pm to complete the form. 1517 Fund will be in touch with next steps afterwards.

Best Interdisciplinary Hack sponsored by Global Affairs (2)

1st place: Amazon Fire 7 Tablet and Tozo T10 Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds for each member of the winning team.

2nd place: Havit Mechanical Keyboard, Mouse, and Headphones for each member of the winning team.

Your team must contain at least one member who is not a Computer Science or Computer Science and Engineering major. More specifically, we are looking for teams that leverage multiple perspectives of different disciplines to create a more well-rounded project.

Best Use of Hardware sponsored by Student Startup Center

Amazon Echo Show 5 for each member of the winning team.

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com backpacks for each member of the winning team.

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend!

Best UiPath Automation Hack

UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with high recommendation for each member of the winning team.

Best Use of MongoDB Atlas

Branded MongoDB AirCharge Plus for each member of the winning team.

Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud! Automate the provisioning and deployment process with ease, while focusing all your efforts on your hack.

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?