UC Davis's premier hackathon for social good

With the rapid advancement of technology, it is important to use its power in ways that benefit society. HackDavis challenges its participants to hack for social good, and create an opportunity for us to explore the intersection between technology and society.

On February 9-10, over 700 students, hackers, and creators will come together for 24 hours of hacking. For the 4th year in a row, we are bringing the most talented students in California to address the world’s most pressing issues. Participants can choose to build a project that solves a problem in one of three areas: Health, Environment, and Education.

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Eligibility

Attendees have to be at least 18 years old.

Requirements

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED FOR AND CHECKED IN TO HACKDAVIS TO WORK ON A PROJECT / SUBMISSION.

- Maximum of four people per team.

- Your project must be completed entirely in the designated hacking window. You cannot work on your project before hacking begins (which is officially 12:00 PM PT on Saturday, February 9th, 2019).

- You must submit your project by 12:00 PM PT on Sunday, February 10th.

- You cannot steal another team's code in any way, shape, or form.

- The decisions that judges make are final.

Judges

Christopher Nitta

Christopher Nitta
Lecturer / UC Davis

Mohammad Sadoghi

Mohammad Sadoghi
Professor / UC Davis

Thilo Gross

Thilo Gross
Professor / UC Davis

Phillip Rogaway

Phillip Rogaway
Professor / UC Davis

Andre Knoesen

Andre Knoesen
Professor / UC Davis

Lindsay Poirier

Lindsay Poirier
Professor / UC Davis

David Bunch

David Bunch
Professor / UC Davis

David Woodruff

David Woodruff
Professor / UC Davis

Adhiraj Somani

Adhiraj Somani
Engineering Manager / Sentry

Dave Gaines

Dave Gaines
CEO / Sacramento Autistic Spectrum and Special Needs Alliance

Dan Kurtz

Dan Kurtz
Senior Software Engineer / Beyond12

Kelsey Hinton

Kelsey Hinton
Communications Manager / Community Water Center

Christina Zhu

Christina Zhu
Software Engineer / Amazon

Sridatt Bhamidipati

Sridatt Bhamidipati
Software Engineer / LeanData

Esther Kwak

Esther Kwak

Amy Wang

Amy Wang
Graduate Student / UC Berkeley

David Tomassi

David Tomassi
Graduate Student / UC Davis

Schuyler Alschuler

Schuyler Alschuler
Graduate Student / UC Davis

Ethan Wang

Ethan Wang
Graduate Student / UC Davis

Melissa Jones

Melissa Jones
Teaching Assistant / UC Davis

Xenia Tay

Xenia Tay
Founding Engineer / Agora Systems

Debasish Pratiher

Debasish Pratiher
Product Marketing and Application / Broadcom

Aaron Morais

Aaron Morais

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Complexity
    How technically impressive is the project? If competing in an API/hardware usage category, is the API/hardware used extensively?
  • Polish
    How complete is the project? Is it just on the design stage, coding stage, etc.? Ideally the project has 1 or more functionalities finished or close to finishing.
  • Originality
    Has this project been done before? Does this project make others think this is a really cool idea and question why they didn't think of it before?
  • Usefulness
    How beneficial will this project be to its target audience? How much will it impact their lives? Are people likely to use it often, and will they have a good experience when doing so?