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April 27 - 28 @UCenter
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What is HackDavis?

HackDavis is one of the top 50 hackathons in the world, where over 750 creators, and leaders come together to create for social good.

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Encapsulate your authentic idea of "social good" can look like. All entries are automatically considered for this prize category.

Every team member must be a beginner in order to qualify. Demonstrate a high level of growth through this project. Foster creativity and collaboration within the team and display a committment to building skills.

Leverage multiple perspectives across different disciplines to create a more well-rounded project. At least one member of the team needs to be a non-CS/CSE/otherwise CS-related major in order to qualify.

Effectively integrate a hardware component to your final project. The final project should be functional, user-friendly, and interactive.

Awarded to the project with the most votes from our 2024 hackers. Vote for any project but your own!

Health takes many shapes and forms. The Best Health Hack should represent at least one of the following themes: mental health and well-being, nutrition, food, service accessibility, and animal & human health.

Law/Poli-Sci Majors Welcome! Hack must address a social justice issue such as racial inequality, economic injustice, environmental justice, etc. This project should develop tangible solutions and/or raise awareness on these topics.

The Most Creative Hack should demonstrate originality, showcase out-of-the-box thinking, and captivate its audience.

Project must have unique/creative AI functionality, clean data, accuracy in metrics, presence of high-quality data, utilizing relevant algorithms + ML libraries and or cloud platforms for development. Participants should show how they collected their data and explain how their AI imitates the human mind. We encourage that models work accurately on unseen circumstances (displays versatility).

Projects must showcase breadth and application of technical knowledge. Focuses on use of advanced techical tools + algorithms/data structures, integration of multiple technologies, quality of implementation, displays technical depth, graded on performance/scalability.

Projects must use Intel® Developer Cloud.

Project includes beautiful design and intuitive web experiences that bring joy to users. Shows that the project is not only functional but also delightful, demonstrates wireframing, responsive design and promots intuitive user experiences.

Awarded to a well-researched project that keeps its userbase in mind with an inclusive design aimed to maximize accessibility.


No Code Required. Get creative with relevant media to push the boundaries of interactive technologies today. Project focus should be on the user experience being as interactive as possible, potentially a gamified platform, an AI education platform, or an interactive concert viewing. A perfect opportunity to tap into non-tech skills, perhaps by incorporating music, visuals, and any other creative methods that come to mind.

Simpler and more mainstream code like Python are encouraged but not required. Teams should aim to develop innovative fintech solutions with practical functionalities, oriented towards addressing a social issue that would benefit from a more effective user framework.

No Code Required. A project that focuses on viability and persuasive power through presentation on the product/service you're trying to sell, relevant customer segments, distribution channels, and associated revenue/profit models.

Projects must seamlessly incorporate significance tests that evaluate a hypothesis based on their primary question or project goal, with an emphasis on accuracy metrics such as MSE, R^2, adjusted R^2, precision and recall.

At Fidelity, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are viewed as major keys to the success of their business, which is why they are challenging you to come up with innovative ways to create forward-thinking financial tech that promotes equality for all people! We want you to use your hacking skills to find and build solutions that put financial opportunities and resources within reach for all communities, creating accessible, sustainable, and/or inclusive solutions. The team with the best hack will win a Fidelity branded wireless charger for each team member!

Make your Team's Achievements timeless: Win a .Tech Domain Name for Life to Showcase and Expand Your Project, Plus 4 Blue Snowball Mics for Effortless Collaboration on Zoom, empowering you to build even more cool things together!

Still not sure what backend to use in your hack? Kintone is a low-code web database that lets you set up your backend in minutes. It's beginner friendly, allowing you to customize your Kintone app using nothing but JavaScript and HTML. If you're interested in IoT, your team can snag a FREE microcontroller by signing up for Kintone and visiting the MLH table. If you use Kintone in your hackathon project, you'll have a chance to win a breadboard IoT kit to power up the hardware hacking for each member of your team!

TinyMCE is a rich-text editor that allows you to create formatted content within a hacker-friendly interface. Adding a Rich Text Editor component has never been easier! Alongside functionality like bold, italics, underlines, hyperlinks, or titles (to name a few), the editor also allows users to enable HTML tags, MarkDown or CSS. TinyMCE even gives you the ability to edit your text elements directly with no code, similar to the way you would edit a word document but with even more practical hackathon use cases. . TinyMCE also has dozens of plugins that allow developers to customize their user’s experience. From implementing accessibility checkers, autocorrect, and enhanced image editing to utilizing emoticons, adding responsive design with auto resize and even a ChatGPT AI Assistant. If your hackathon project accepts ANY type of text input, you can use TinyMCE to take it to the next level. . Signup for TinyMCE for a free trial and get started today, no credit card required! To qualify for the Best Use of TinyMCE prize category, be sure to render the editor with a Tiny Cloud account for a chance to win a 3D Printing Pen for you and each of your team members!

PropelAuth makes it easy for hackers to add authentication and user management to their projects. If you’re looking to save time and effort on building a signup and login feature for your hack, PropelAuth is a great option for you and your team. Customize your login’s User Interface, from the color scheme and logo, to the login options you present to your users! PropelAuth provides a ton of options for configuration. PropelAuth is also supported across more than a dozen popular frameworks and languages including React, Node.js, Python, Django, Go, Rust, and Flask among others. Get started today and integrate PropelAuth to your hackathon project for a chance to win some awesome prizes for you and your teammates!

Sauce Labs empowers you to develop, test, and deliver top-tier web and mobile apps quickly and efficiently. Their unified platform makes automated testing and error monitoring easy to do, enabling you to save time building your hackathon project! Let Sauce Labs help resolve any issues with your code so you can get back to building an award winning hack. . Make sure your project is hackathon-tested by signing up for a Sauce Labs account and running at least one test on the platform. Include a screenshot of your test results in your project submission to get entered into the Sauce Labs raffle for a chance to win a backpack, beanie, and Apple air tag for you and each of your team members!

The Life of Kai is a non-profit organization devoted to finding forever homes for homeless animals. This prize will be awarded to an application that innovates search methods for lost pets while promoting and encouraging community engagement.

DCMH provides low income/homeless individuals with housing/human services. Tech Prompt: Build an application to track inventory for admins that has a public facing donation page. Design prompt: redesign brand identity and improve user experience.

AggieHouse provides shelter, food, financial education, case management services, and community. Build a new website for their organization.

HackDavis is
for everyone.

Whether you are a seasoned hacker or exploring whether tech is a good fit for you, we invite you to join us!

Creators from all backgrounds are welcome at HackDavis—no coding or previous experience required.

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HackDavis is
for everyone.

Whether you are a seasoned hacker or exploring whether tech is a good fit for you, we invite you to join us!

Creators from all backgrounds are
welcome at HackDavis—no coding
or previous experience required.

Forest of trees sitting at base of river, forming a wall.