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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Sponsor Categories

In addition to our main categories, Hack UCSC is proud to showcase our sponsor categories that are brought together by companies who follow the go-getter hacker spirit!

 
 

Mobile

Sponsored By Pyze

Society is on the go and everyone's talking about the latest mobile applications! Whether you prefer iOS or Android, we want to see what mobile apps you will develop to solve real world problems!

Requirement: Must be a mobile application. Must use the Pyze SDK, which is available for iOS, Android, Unity, Web/SaaS and Xamarin.

Judging Criteria

Creativity: Does the app provide a creative solution to a real problem?
Design and Execution: How well is the app designed? Is the app easy and intuitive to use?
Integration:  How well does the App utilize Pyze features like push notification, in-app messaging, growth automation, and personalization? 

Prize

Winner: Up to $300 in Amazon Gift Cards


Redefine Future of Virtual Closet

Sponsored By Project YX

Build a digital closet for iOS , Android or web application or any combination of thereof.

  • Create a digital or virtual clothes closet
  • Create outfits using individual items from your digital closet.
  •  Load clothing items into digital closet with a mobile phone camera. Extra points if you can use image processing techniques to remove the background or otherwise enhance the image quality.
  • Apply classification or machine learning to classify the garments
  • Extra points for employing computer vision
  • Use any open source or 3’rd party API.

Judging Criteria

Creativity: How unique and innovative is the idea?
Execution: Does the hack/prototype function? How well is the prototype build or constructed?
Presentation: How finished and polished does the final product feel?

Prizes

First Place:

  •  $1000
  • Santa Cruz Aerial Tour
  • Lunch with YX team

Second Place:

  •  $200 Amazon Gift Card
  •  Lunch with YX team

Third Place: 

  • Lunch with YX team

Google Cloud Platform Prize

Sponsored By Google

Google Cloud offers a plethora of solutions for the modern day developers. If you can come up with a creative way to incorporate Google into your technological solution, this category is for you! 

Requirements: All submissions must leverage either Google App Engine, Google Container Engine, or Google Compute Engine.

Judging Criteria

Submissions that score in the top three for total points in the first round of judging will be selected to compete in the second round for the Grand Prize. The submission with the highest total score from the Round Two judging will win the Grand Prize. The submission with the second highest score from the Round Two judging will win the Second Place Prize and the remaining submission will win the Third Place Prize.

The First Round of judging will be based on the following criteria:

  • 0-40 points – Technical merit of project, including but not limited to app robustness and technical complexity
  • 0-25 points – Ability to clearly articulate what your app does
  • 0-10 points – Originality of the idea

The Second Round of judging, will include the four categories above, as well as the following bonus categories:

Prizes

Grand Prize:

  • $1,000 Google Cloud Platform Credits
  • Chromebooks for each team member
  • Swag box for team (shirts, notebooks, etc..)
  • Lunch with Google engineers and a representative from the University recruiting team

Second Place Prize:

  • $500 Google Cloud Platform Credits
  • Swag box for team (shirts, notebooks, etc..)
  • Lunch with Google engineers and a representative from the University recruiting team

Third Place Prize:

  • Swag box for team, (shirts, notebooks, etc...)
  • Lunch with Google engineers and a representative from the University recruiting team

Best Use of Microsoft Azure

Sponsored By Microsoft

Let's get into the cloud with Microsoft Azure! Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web—for moving faster and achieving more! What will you build with the cloud?

Requirements: A Microsoft Azure product must be an essential component in the application.

Judging Criteria

Design and Execution: How complete is the app? Are all components working? Is it technically impressive? Is the app easy and intuitive to use?
Integration:  Is Microsoft Azure an essential component in the app? Is it implemented in a creative way?

Prize

Winner: Xbox One S 1 TB + call with a recruiter


Best Use of Sigma Platform

Sponsored By Sigma

Coming Soon

Judging Criteria

Coming Soon.

Prizes

Coming Soon


Creative Entrepreneurship

Sponsored By Arts Division, UCSC

Artists are natural entrepreneurs. They are creative. They are disruptors. They take initiative. They implement enduring change. They bring others along. They make something new and put it out in the world, over and over again. The entrepreneurial mindset positions the artist as potentially instrumental in every facet of human endeavor. Equally important, the vision, creativity and problem-solving abilities artists posses are invaluable assets for solving the countless problems we face as a society and for advancing a competitive culture of innovation.

Judging Criteria

Does the project attempt to solve a problem facing society (large or small scale)?
How creative and entrepreneurial is the project?
Does the project inspire creativity in others?

Prizes

First prize: $1000 and lunch meeting with Dean of the Arts, Susan Solt (and relevant faculty) to further explore creative entrepreneurship

Second prize: $500 and lunch meeting with Dean of the Arts, Susan Solt (and relevant faculty) to further explore creative entrepreneurship


Graduate Division

Sponsored By Graduate Division, UCSC

Are you a Graduate student at UCSC? We want you to show us your technology talents at Hack UCSC! Compete in either main categories, Innovation or Tech Cares to enter!

Requirement: Must be a UCSC Graduate Student.

Judging Criteria

The best hack by a UCSC Graduate Student will be selected from the finalist teams in the Innovation and Tech Care categories. Graduate division staff will pick the fellowship awardee with input from judges.  If two or more UCSC graduate students are on the team selected, the fellowship may be split between the graduate students.  

Prize

Winner: $2000 summer fellowship


Best Diversity Hack

Sponsored By SHE++

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

Prizes

Exclusive access to private events during the SHE++ summit in April 2017, including Bay Area tech company tours and the annual SHE++ Mentorship Dinner


Best Hack Against Online Harassment

Sponsored By Hack Harassment (MLH)

Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment!

Prizes

Winner: Hack Harassment Swag Bags


Best Domain Name From Domain.com

Sponsored By Domain.com (MLH)

 Looking for the most creative name from Domain.com!

Prizes

Winner: Domain.com Swag Bags


Best Use of AWS

Sponsored By AWS (MLH)

Looking for best hack using AWS!

Prizes

Winner: $250 credit for Amazon Web Services