Hack UCSC 2017


Porter Dining Hall

January 20 - 22, 2017

Doors Open at 8 p.m.

Opening Ceremony

Opening Speaker


Tomer Kagan

As an entrepreneur and UCSC alum, he is the co-founder of search service Quixey and of the resume platform Sigma. He was listed as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 awardees due to his success in Quixey, and has spoken at the Mobile World Congress and World Economic Forum.

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.

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MLH Representative

Description to come ...

Closing Ceremony

Keynote Speakers

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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.


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.

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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 Prizes



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


Graduate Division

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


Best use of the Sigma platform

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

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Best use of the Microsoft API

Microsoft is looking for innovators to build groundbreaking solutions with their products, are you one of them?

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Best use of the App Engine API

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


Creative Entrepreneurship

Details to come ... 



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, stay tuned for more.

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 be a mentor or judge?

Stupendous! We would love to have you as a mentor or judge. Send us an email at contact@hackucsc.com telling us a little about yourself, and why you'd be a good mentor/judge.

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!

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

  • 7pm - Sponsor Setup. Special parking permits will be provided.
  • 8pm - Doors Open. Registration for all participants. Dinner will be provided.
  • 9:30pm - Opening Ceremonies
  • 10pm - Pitch Sessions, Q&A

January 21, 2017

  • 12am - HACK!
  • 7am - Breakfast
  • 12pm - Lunch
  • 6pm - Dinner
  • 10pm - Devpost submission deadline

January 22, 2017

  • 7am - Breakfast
  • 10am - Code Freeze
  • 11am - Closing Speakers, Lunch
  • 1pm - Round 1 Judging
  • 3pm - Round 2 Judging
  • 4:30pm - Winners Announced