HackDavis is back and better than ever! We are UC Davis's major collegiate hackathon dedicated to social good. This winter, over 500 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, January 21st, 2017) 

- You must submit your project by 11:30 AM on Sunday, January 22nd. You can continue hacking until noon or until countdown goes to 0. 

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

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

Hackathon Sponsors


$8,875 in prizes

Best Health Hack

Fitbits for each team member

Best Environmental Hack

Drones for each team member

Best Educational Hack

Fire tablets for each team member + Tour / Personal Info Session with GSV CEO

Most Technically Challenging (3)

1st place: 4 smart watches; 2nd / 3rd place: Swag bags - Sponsored by Google

Best use of ArcGIS Developer Platform

$500 among the winning team - sponsored by Esri

Best use of Amazon Alexa Voice

Amazon Echoes for each team member - Sponsored by Amazon Alexa

Best use of OSISoft’s API (3)

$500 for 1st place; $300 for 2nd place; $200 for 3rd place - sponsored by OSISoft

Best Mobile App (2)

Admission into summer academy of MakeSchool - sponsored by MakeSchool

Best use of Wolfram’s API

Full access to Wolfram Development Platform - sponsored by Wolfram Alpha

Best Use of IBM Watson

Raspberry PI 3 Starter Kits for the team - Sponsored by IBM

Particle Prize

1st Place get an Electron + Asset Tracker + swag;
2nd Place gets Maker kit + Asset Tracker + swag;
3rd Place gets 3 Photon Kits + swag - sponsored by Particle

Best Domain Name from swag bags for each team member - sponsored by MLH

Best Hack Against Online Harassment

Hack Harassment Battery Packs for each team member - sponsored by MLH

Best Use of AWS

$250 in AWS credit for the team - sponsored by MLH

Best Use of Rapid API

Holy Stone Drones for each team member.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Registration is closed.




Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    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.
  • Social 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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