HackUCI 2019 is scheduled for February 15th-17th, 2019 at the the Student Center in the University of California - Irvine. The fifth iteration of Orange County's biggest college hackathon is upping the hackathon to new extremes, with the hundreds of promising hackers coming together to tackle real-world problems using the latest in hardware and software. Teams start working on their hacks after the Friday evening kickoff and continue working till Sunday morning. All submissions MUST be made here on Devpost. Videos are optional but highly encouraged.


If you applied to HackUCI 2019, recieved an offer to attend and went on to confirm that you will do so, you are eligible to attend HackUCI 2019. If you attended and hacked at HackUCI 2019, then you are eligible to make a submission. 


Submission must be linked with a git repository or .zip file of the project.

Hackathon Sponsors


$5,410 in prizes

Best Overall Hack

The winning team will receive brand new JBL speakers.

Hacker's Choice

The winning team will receive 9-month season passes to Universal Studios.

Most Polished Devpost Submission

Super-rare GitHub backpack for each team member.

Submission is properly formatted and takes advantage of all available submission features. The submission goes above and beyond to extensively answer all provided questions in detail as well as add and complete any other relevant questions.

Best Use of Embedded Systems

Speakers for each team member from our friends at Northrop Grumman.

Best Education-Focused Hack (by Ardent Labs) (2)

$350 Amazon gift card for the First-Place team

$200 Amazon gift card for the Second-Place team

Best Joke Hack (2)

The winning team will receive a beautiful trophy along with $25 Amazon gift card for each team member.

Best Web/Mobile Application

Step up your Instagram game with a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera for each team member.

Best Domain Registered with .tech

Raspberry Pi Zero W Starter Kit with a power supply and premium black case.
$150 for the entire team courtesy of .tech.

Best UI/UX Hack (by Sketch)

To continue building your stylish hack, each team member will receive their very own license for Sketch.

Best Use of SendGrid API

Amazon Echo for each team member.

Best Use of Google Cloud Platform

Google Home Mini for each team member.

Most Polished Game

Each team member will receive a GK-AORUS K7 gaming keyboard and a GM-AORUS M5 gaming mouse.

Best Entrepreneurial Hack

$25 Visa gift card for each team member.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


HackUCI Organizers

HackUCI Organizers

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be more about how good the human-computer interaction is.
  • Completion
    Does the hack work as intended? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Originality
    Did the team try to create something innovative? Did they use a chosen technology in an new way? Is this something that has been seen at a hackathon before?

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