Huge Thank You to everyone who came out for

Hack UCSC 2017


Porter Dining Hall

January 20 - 22, 2017

Doors Open at 8:30 p.m.

Opening Ceremony

Opening Speaker


Tomer Kagan

Tomer Kagan is the Co-founder and President of Sigma. Sigma lets organizations create and send digital merits to acknowledge and preserve every experience in a single space. Prior to Sigma, Tomer was the CEO and Founder of Quixey, a deep mobile search company. Along with being a lifetime entrepreneur he also actively invests and advises a number of companies. Tomer has spoken at World Economic and Mobile World Congress, and has been honored as Forbes 30 under 30, featured innovator for Wired Magazine's Next List for 2015, and Inc's 10 of the best and brightest Disruptors in Tech. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2005 with a BS in M.C.D. Biology.

Keynote Speaker


Ken Thompson

An American pioneer of Computer Science, he created the B programming language which laid foundation for the C programming language, as well as received a Turing award for his implementation of the UNIX operating system.

MLH Representative 


Nick Quinlan

Senior Partner at Major League Hacking (MLH), Nick Quinlan loves helping hackers succeed. Today he oversee's MLH's operations, previously he served as a Developer Evangelist for SendGrid.

Closing Ceremony

Keynote Speaker


George Blumenthal

George R. Blumenthal is UC Santa Cruz's 10th chancellor. He first joined the campus in 1972 as a faculty member in astronomy and astrophysics and was named chancellor on September 19, 2007. A strong advocate for technology and entrepreneurship, he is also a board member of Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Closing Speaker

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Bud Colligan

Bud Colligan is a community activist, social entrepreneur, investor and company builder. He is Co-Chairman of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, a non-profit community-development organization, founder and CEO of South Swell Ventures and a board member for Santa Cruz Works.

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Do you have an amazing idea for a future best-selling product? This is your time to shine.


Tech Cares

Are you passionate about what technology can do to help in your society? Look no further.

Sponsor Categories



Thinking you could create the next big app? This category is sponsored by Pyze.

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Best use of Microsoft Azure

Microsoft is looking for innovators to build with them in the Cloud!

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Google Cloud Platform Prize

Are you fascinated by Google's products and want to get more familiar with their API's? This is perfect for you!

Redefine The Virtual Closet

What do machine learning, computer vision and your closet have to do with each other? You tell us! 


Best use of the Sigma platform

Use Sigma's Platform to generate the next spark of technological innovations! 


Graduate Division

Are you a graduate student? This is a category for you, sponsored by the Graduate Division at UCSC!


Creative Entrepreneurship

Are you creative? An entrepreneur? You might even say a creative entrepreneur? Then check this category out!

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Come up with a clever name for your website at Domain.com!

Best Diversity Hack 

Looking for the best hack combating the lack of diversity in tech!

Best Hack Against Online Harassment

Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment!


Workshops & Talks


For the first time in its history, Hack UCSC is proud to host workshops and talks presented by numerous industry professionals! Take this opportunity to learn new skills from talented and experienced individuals! 



What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is where you can build out your ideas, network, and show off your skills. This 3-day event consists of forming teams, choosing an idea, building it out, and showing it off at the end. Hundreds of students, sponsors, mentors, and judges gather together to push the limits of what you can build, only limited by your imagination.

Who can participate?

Everyone can! This event is open to coders, designers, artists, program managers, and anyone else who wants to create! No prior coding ro technical experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome to participate in the hackthon!

General Rules?

To ensure the best hackathon experience, we have a Code of Conduct, along with Terms and Conditions. By attending Hack UCSC 2017, you automatically agree to both.

Is this completely free?

Yes! This event is completely free for everyone! Unlike in years past, we will not be charging an admission fee for this event. We will cover all costs (including all meals) for the entire duration of the event. Note: Hack UCSC 2017 is not going to cover any travel costs.

What are the prizes?

There are going to be awesome prizes at the event! Take a look at our categories page that will be continually updated as the details roll in!

How can I keep up to date on Hack UCSC news?

Join our Facebook group here! This is also a great place to find other hackers to team with, or explore ideas on what to build.

What if I would like to sponsor?

Amazing! Our sponsor pamphlet can be found here. Please also contact us at contact@hackucsc.com and we can discuss the best way for your organization to get involved!

What if I would like to be a mentor or judge?

Stupendous! We would love to have you as a mentor or judge. Please click on the button at the very top to fill out the form and we'll contact you with more information!

Will there be workshops?

Yes! They will be posted here.


Have more questions? 

Feel free to contact the team: contact@hackucsc.com


January 20, 2017

  • 8pm - Sponsor Setup. Special parking permits will be provided.
  • 8:30pm - Doors Open. Registration for all participants. Dinner will be provided.
  • 10:00pm - Opening Ceremonies

January 21, 2017

  • 12am -  HACK!
  • 8am - Breakfast
  • 10am - Devpost submission creation **EXTENDED TO 3 PM
  • 12pm - Lunch
  • 6pm - Devpost submission for categories due
  • 8pm - Dinner

January 22, 2017

  • 8am - Breakfast
  • 12pm - Code Freeze, Lunch
  • 1pm - Round 1 Judging
  • 2:30pm - Guest Speaker
  • 3pm - Round 2 Judging
  • 4:30pm - Closing Speakers, Winners Announced
  • 5:30pm - Awards Ceremony