HackDavis is the first major collegiate hackathon at UC Davis completely run by students. In Spring 2016, over 350 students, hackers, and creatives will come together for 24 hours of hacking. We're providing a platform to bring together the most talented students in California to address the world's most pressing social issues.

There are three main tracks to the hackathon: Environment, Health & Wellness, and Education. With these 3 tracks, we hope to inspire change and cultivate a growing hacker community dedicated to social change at UC Davis.



All previously registered and RSVPd students can take part.



- You cannot work on your project before hacking begins (which is officially 12:00pm PT on Saturday, May 7th) 

- You must submit your project by 12:00 PT on Sunday, May 8th

- You cannot steal another team's source code

- The decision of judges is final for determining prizes and awards

Hackathon Sponsors


$13,911 in prizes

Most Technically Challenging

Nexus Players + Parrot Mini Drones for each team member

Most Impactful

Apple iPad Mini 2s for each team member

Most Creative

GoPro Heroes for each team member

Best Health & Wellness Nonprofit Hack - Sponsored by New Story Inc (3)

Summer internships at New Story Inc + 1 year of GitHub Silver

Best Education Nonprofit Hack - Sponsored by Teach For America

Summer internships at Teach for America + 1 year of GitHub Silver

Best Use of Touch Hardware - Sponsored by Synaptics (2)

$1300 to the winning team for best use of touch hardware using Synaptics hardware / software.

Best Use of Fingerprint Hardware - Sponsored by Synaptics (2)

$1300 to the winning team for best use of fingerprint hardware using Synaptics hardware / software.

Best Voice Experience with Amazon Alexa - Sponsored by Amazon (2)

1st place - An Amazon Echo for each team member. 2nd place - An Amazon Tap for each team member.

Most Innovative Hack - Sponsored by GSV Labs

Pioneer Summit Convention Tickets for the team ($500 value) + GSV Labs Mentoring sessions

Best Use of IBM Bluemix - Sponsored by IBM

Raspberry PI 3 Starter Kits for the team

Best Use of Cisco Spark - Sponsored by Cisco

OSVR (Open Source Virtual Reality) Hacker Dev Kit for each team member

Best Beginner Hack - Sponsored by MLH

Dell Venue Tablets for each team member. At least half of the team have to be first-time hackers.

Best Hack Harassment Hack - Sponsored by Hack Harassment (2)

Fossil Q Reveler Black Leather Activity Bands for each team member

Best Use of Amazon Web Services - Sponsored by MLH

1TB hard drives for each team member

Best Domain Name from - Sponsored by MLH

Swag bags with Sparkfun Redboards for each team member

Best .TECH Website - Sponsroed by .TECH

$50 Amazon gift card for each team member

Best Developer Tool - Sponsored by MLH

An octocat statue for each team member

KPCB Fellows Challenge - Sponsored by KPCB

An interview with the Engineering KPCB Fellows for summer 2017.

Summer internship opportunity at Re-volv

Summer internship opportunity at Re-volv

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Registration is closed.




Judging Criteria

  • Technical Challenge
    Hacks that are more difficult to implement will be scored highly. Impressive architecture, technical difficulty, and solving hard problems are all important parts of a successful hack. Using more advanced technologies is also a plus.
  • Creativity
    We want HackDavis to be an environment that encourages highly innovative and different ideas, so we will be keeping an eye out for ideas that pique our interest or make us see the space or problem differently.
  • Impact
    HackDavis is a hackathon about social good. The hacks that most benefit our nonprofits, make a positive impact on the local community, and benefit humanity as a whole will score some major points.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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