LA Hacks is setting a new bar for just how epic a hackathon can be. This April 11-13, hackers and builders from across the nation will come together at UCLA, fill the iconic Pauley Pavilion up to capacity, and experience.

Experience what, exactly? You'll experience the biggest hackathon that you'll have ever been a part of. You'll experience an environment with enough mentorship and resources to learn anything you can dream of, no matter what your skill level is. You'll meet and interact with some of the biggest names in tech, as well as some tech-enthused celebrities. And most of all, you'll experience first-hand just how incredible our country's collegiate hackathon community really is.


LA Hacks focuses primarily on undergraduate and graduate students but accepts high school students and recent grads (1-2 years out) on a case-by-case basis. Dropouts who would otherwise currently be in college are cool too.


You can build whatever you want: websites, apps, or hardware (no soldering allowed). All code must be written during the hackathon - feel free to use open source libraries and APIs. Hacks are judged on creativity, technical difficulty, usefulness, and overall awesomeness.

Hackathon Sponsors


$30,300 in prizes

Tinder Grand Prize (General)

Digital Ocean (Platform) 1st Place

6k in DigitalOcean credit and an iPad mini - 1st

Digital Ocean (Platform) - 3rd

2k in DigitalOcean credit - 3rd

AWS 1st Place

3k AWS Credit - 1st

AWS 2nd Place

2k AWS Credit - 2nd

AWS 3rd Place

1k AWS Credit - 3rd

DirecTV (Platform)

5TV's for best use of platform

Nextdoor (Platform)

Most ridiculous hack!

ISAA Cloud (API)

Private Internet Access (General)

Cisco (Platform)

Best Cisco-related hack

Bloomberg (API)

Go Instant (API)

Gracenote (API)

Daqri (API)

Flipboard (General)

4 Nexus 7's

Coinbase (API)

$1,000 in Bitcoins (API) credit

Kloudless (API)

Twilio (API)

$300 we provide for winners of their API

Microsoft (Platform)

4 Dell Venue Pro + Nokia Lumia

Mashery (API)

"DiscoRobos" Dancing Robots w/ accompanying speakers both made by Tosy

SendGrid (API)

Urbanears DJ headsets

Pandora (General) (5)

5 Pandora One accounts

Rdio (API)

2 years of Rdio Unlimited for each team member of the team with the best use of the Rdio API.

Spritz (API)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

All submissions must be made by 11:30am PT on Sunday, April 13th! Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.


Sam Altman

Sam Altman
President YC

Tomer Kagan

Tomer Kagan
Founder & CEO Quixey

Sean Rad

Sean Rad
Founder & CEO Tinder

Baiju Bhatt

Baiju Bhatt
Founder Robinhood

Michael Esquivel

Michael Esquivel
Partner Fenwick and West

Chris De Wolfe

Chris De Wolfe
Founder of MySpace

Marcy Simon

Marcy Simon

Michael Heyward

Michael Heyward
Founder & CEO Whisper

Sam Shahidi

Sam Shahidi
Founder of Shots

Chirag Chotalia

Chirag Chotalia
Vice-President The Pritzker Group

Eugene Wei

Eugene Wei
Head of Product at Flipboard

Judging Criteria

  • Most Awesome Hack!

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