The world's largest collegiate hackathon!

Cal Hacks is the world's largest collegiate hackathon with ~2000 attendees held annually at UC Berkeley and run by the student group Hack the Bay in partnership with CITRIS Foundary.

For this year, Cal Hacks 6.0, we've amped up the hackathon to bigger and better than ever. We'll have more swag, more events, more sponsors, and more prizes than ever before!

To claim your reimbursement for In State Hackers and Out of State Hackers, you MUST submit your Devpost link at: https://calhacks.org/ch6-reimbursement

View full rules

Prizes

$39,020 in prizes

First Place Prize

Apple iPad Pro A12X

Second Place Prize

Nintendo Switch

Third Place Prize

AirPods with wireless charging case

Best Beginner Hack

24oz Hydro Flask

Best Hardware Hack

CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ (B Plus) with Premium Clear Case and 2.5A Power Supply

Best Health Hack

Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Speaker SRS-XB31

Best Education Hack

$50 Amazon Giftcard

Best Financial Technology Hack

Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Speaker SRS-XB31

Cal Hacks Fellowship Program (8)

mentorship/support + grant opportunities + acceptance into the 12-week fellowship program during the Spring 2020.

Qlik API Prize

$250 Amazon gift cards

Weights and Biases API Prize

A DJI Spark drone ($550) for each member of the team with the best use of the Weights & Biases API.

rideOS API Prize

Drones + rideOS t-shirt

Goldman Sachs

Nintendo Switch

BlackRock API Prize

BlackRock swag

Microsoft API Prize

$1,000 USD to be donated to an approved charity of their choice to support our joint initiative – social good! Prioritized entry in the upcoming Imagine Cup Semi-Finals with two chances to become one of the few elite teams at our regional finals! Surface Go’s plus keyboards will be given to each team member!

Walmart API Prize

Polaroid Cameras

DocuSign eSignature API Prize (2)

1st Place wins $1000 and automatic internship/job interview and 2nd place wins $500

The DocuSign eSignature API lets you eSign documents, request signatures, automate your forms and data, accept payments, verify identity and much more! You can integrate the eSignature REST APIs into any app, website, or embedded system that can make https requests.
For more information, go to https://developers.docusign.com/esign-rest-api/code-examples/quickstart-overview

DocuSign Click API Prize (2)

1st Place wins $500 and automatic internship/job interview and 2nd place wins $250

Our Click API provides an extremely easy interface through which to create, manage, and modify clickwrap agreements.
For more information, go to https://developers.docusign.com/click-api/guides

Ford Motor Company (2)

Nintendo Switch, Bose noise canceling headphones, Oculus Go and AirPods

Cockroach Labs API Prize (2)

iPad 7th Gen. 32 GB

Eluvio API Prize, 1st place

Jabra AI Noise Cancelling Headphones, Eluvio open house, priority for internship

Eluvio API Prize, 2nd Place

Eluvio Backback, Eluvio open house, priority for internship

Google / MLH - Best Use of Google Cloud API, 1st Place

Use any Google Cloud product (cloud.google.com/products) to be eligible. Google Home Mini, Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Cloud Trophy, and a Cloud Water Bottle.

Google / MLH - Best Use of Google Cloud API, 2nd Place

Use any Google Cloud product (cloud.google.com/products) to be eligible. Google Home Mini.

Google / MLH - Best Use of Google Cloud API, 3rd Place

Use any Google Cloud product (cloud.google.com/products) to be eligible. Google Home Mini.

MLH - Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend!

MLH - Best UiPath Automation Hack

Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with high recommendation!

MLH - Best Use of Transposit

Only 36 hours to create your project? No problem, Create an app and compose different APIs together with the world's first API composition platform, Transposit. Each winning team member will receive a $50 Amazon gift card, max 4 per team

Eligibility

Any degree seeking student who is currently enrolled in a high school, college, or university, and is over the age of 18.

Requirements

A valid submission is a software or hardware hack produced at Cal Hacks 6.0, from start to finish.

This includes a Devpost submission to Cal Hacks and a demonstration during the Hack Expo on Sunday, October 27th, 2019. 

Remember to include all your team member names, up to 4 people.

Be sure to indicate what category you are competing for, as well as if you want to be a part of the Cal Hacks Fellowship program

Judges

Jiazi Guo

Jiazi Guo
LEGO Ventures

Atin Batra

Atin Batra
Twenty Seven Ventures

Thibault Corens

Thibault Corens
Presso

James Carr

James Carr
Google

Gary Teh

Gary Teh
GetData.IO

Lillian Seu

Lillian Seu
Johns Hopkins University

Puneet Anand

Puneet Anand
Cisco AppDynamics

Vincent Diallo

Vincent Diallo
Interlace Ventures Management LLC

Vincent Sun

Vincent Sun
ThriveCash

Dylan Jhaveri

Dylan Jhaveri
Mux

Paulius Dragunas

Paulius Dragunas
Loom

Ron Bhattacharyay

Ron Bhattacharyay
Masonic

Vivek Vinodh

Vivek Vinodh
Independent

Nitish Khadke

Nitish Khadke
Shape Security

Anupam Jindal

Anupam Jindal
Sentry

Sierra Park

Sierra Park
Wayfair

Jonathan Lynch

Jonathan Lynch
Softheon

Serhiy Konyk

Serhiy Konyk
Softheon

Chintan Patel

Chintan Patel
BlackRock

Gurudutta Ramanathaiah

Gurudutta Ramanathaiah
Sonder

Kevin Shen

Kevin Shen
Independent

Kalpit Jain

Kalpit Jain
EdCast

Udit Jain

Udit Jain
Snackpass

Vinay Hiremath

Vinay Hiremath
Loom

Dylan Chiu

Dylan Chiu
Ironfire Ventures

Robert Yu

Robert Yu
Independent

John Qian

John Qian
Weights & Biases

Chelsea Goddard

Chelsea Goddard
Weights & Biases

Nicolas Raga

Nicolas Raga
Independent

Kimberly	Howell

Kimberly Howell
Wayfair

Ted Sourgkounis

Ted Sourgkounis
Wayfair

Andrea Guatemala

Andrea Guatemala
Wayfair

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee
Wayfair

Arthur Chan

Arthur Chan
Leapyear.ai

David Carr

David Carr
Independent (I work at Twitter)

Blake Brown

Blake Brown
Facebook

Cindy Gu

Cindy Gu
Wayfair

Rey	Riel

Rey Riel
Qlik

Michael	Mattheakis

Michael Mattheakis
Independent

Kira	Noodleman

Kira Noodleman
Bee Partners

Kevin King

Kevin King
Mux

Divy	Shrivastava

Divy Shrivastava
Independent

My Doan

My Doan
BlackRock

Michelle	Munson

Michelle Munson
Eluvio

Matthew	Roknich

Matthew Roknich
DocuSign

Jayarami	Reddy

Jayarami Reddy
Cisco

Christian	Gonzalez

Christian Gonzalez
MODE

Sheng Gao

Sheng Gao
RAVV Inc.

CT Rhude

CT Rhude
Ring (Amazon)

Marc Lusinchi

Marc Lusinchi
Eluv.io

Jessica Jiang

Jessica Jiang
Goldman Sachs

Caroline Winnett

Caroline Winnett
Berkeley SkyDeck

Fabian Hansen

Fabian Hansen
Presight Capital

Summer Fang

Summer Fang
Cisco

Adam Williams

Adam Williams
Agora

Zixuan An

Zixuan An
RAVV Inc.

Judging Criteria

  • Application
    Does the project have any feasible application in real life? Does it seem like something that someone could use or would actually have a benefit in the real world?
  • Functionality/Quality
    Is the project free of major bugs? Does it look appealing? The UI/UX doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect, but if we're having a hard time understanding the project by looking at it, there may be a problem.
  • Creativity
    Is this project unique and innovative? Is it a solution to a problem we have never seen before? A better way of doing something?
  • Technical Complexity
    The team should display a good level of knowledge in terms of the technology they’ve used in implementing their project.