Main Categories

 Whether it is developing the next innovation in technology or an app that pushes forward social good, be sure to check out Hack UCSC's categories below to see if there is a particular challenge you want to tackle!

 
 

Innovation

Each step forward in technology is brought on by being brave and taking on an impossible task, a challenging risk or a crazy hunch. Here at Hack UCSC, we want to turn those gears of innovation and see what you can do to bring the next step of technological progress!

Judging Criteria

Novelty: Is the approach or solution novel? Does it substantially depart from similar products? 
Technical Merit: How elegant is the solution? Was a particularly difficult design challenge met? How polished is the Hack? How complete is the Hack, as presented? What work was actually accomplished as opposed to what was envisioned?
Impact/Use Potential: How much does an individual benefit from this hack? How many people will benefit from the hack?
Design: Is it nice to use? How good is the UI/UX? Is usage self-apparent or do you need a manual?

Prizes

First Place: $1,000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250

 

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Tech Cares

As society advances, Hack UCSC believes that it is every technologist's ethical duty to utilize technology for the good of the community. Whether it's for the elderly, the young or the impoverished, we want to see what you can develop to help those who need it the most!

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Support for HACK UCSC 2017

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute is happy to offer three (3) free Maker Passes to the CITRIS Invention Lab located at UC Berkeley.  The passes will be valid for the Spring Semester, ending on 5/12/17.

The CITRIS Invention Lab supports faculty, student and community innovation by providing the knowledge, tools and support to rapidly design and prototype novel interactive products, embedded sensing systems and integrated mobile devices. This facility is a vital piece of the CITRIS pipeline running from the minds of researchers through CITRIS laboratories, and into the markets, industries, and streets of the world. The 1,700 ft2 Invention Lab is located on the first floor of Sutardja Dai Hall at UC Berkeley and supports 3 major functions:

·        Learn: Faculty teach Engineering and New Media courses on interactive product design and prototyping.

·        Build: The lab offers a full suite of tools, technical support and fabrication services for creating functional prototypes.

·        Launch: The lab promotes turning concepts and ideas into new ventures by offering work space for the Foundry business incubator.

For more information about the CITRIS Invention Lab please visit http://invent.citris-uc.org/about/

Judging Criteria

Solves a community issue: Does it contribute to social improvement in a clear and tangible way?
Technical Merit: How difficult was this Hack to build? Was a particularly difficult design challenge met? How polished is the Hack? How complete is the Hack, as presented? What work was actually accomplished as opposed to what was envisioned?
Impact/Use Potential: How much does an individual benefit from this hack? How many people will benefit from the hack?
Design: Is it nice to use? How good is the UI/UX? Is usage self-apparent or do you need a manual?

Prizes

First Place: $1,000 + $1,000 Grant from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County for non-profit organization that the first place team chooses + Mentorship from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County+ Lunch with Community Foundation Santa Cruz County Representative + a free Maker Pass to the CITRIS Invention Lab (refer above)
Second Place: $500 +$500 Grant from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County for non-profit organization that second place team chooses + Mentorship from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County+ Lunch with Community Foundation Santa Cruz County Representative + a free Maker Pass to the CITRIS Invention Lab (refer above)
Third Place: $250 + Mentorship from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County + Lunch with Community Foundation Santa Cruz County Representative + a free Maker Pass to the CITRIS Invention Lab (refer above)

Suggestions from the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County

Community Bridges:

1. Mobile App that saves your housing information securely and automatically imports the information to the application. This will save Case Managers/ Advocates time in housing applications and provide a single portal or platform for applications.
2. Mobile App to transform applications for eligibility to SNAP, WIC, CACFP and Food Bank easily – As the family transitions from WIC to SNAP the necessary updated information is automatically sent to the respective agency so compliance is easy and there is no gap in services.

Digital NEST:

One of the biggest challenges we and other youth serving organizations struggle with is communicating with our youth about opportunities. Youth have cell phones but not everyone checks email, is on Facebook, Twitter, etc... Calling everyone takes to long and texting is expensive. What if we had an app that youth were required to download when they register? They can be informed about upcoming programming, opportunities, survey questions, and they can communicate back with staff right from their phone. We don't want our staff communicating with youth through their personal devices for liability reasons but these days it is almost impossible to communicate otherwise. The app would also log communication between staff and youth, making it safer. 

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