The worlds largest collegiate hackathon held at UC Berkeley

Last fall, Cal Hacks brought together 1,700 hackers from 100 schools and 5 countries to build everything from mind-controlled Teslas to amazing mobile applications. The team that set the record for the world’s largest hackathon is back for round 4, and is ready to bring together the brightest collegiate hackers for 36 hours.

For Cal Hacks 4.0, this October 6-8, we’re building on our tradition of technical excellence by bringing together a more diverse group of hackers and guiding them in creating impactful and innovative projects.

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Prizes

$172,386 in prizes

Cal Hacks 4.0 Overall 1st Place Prize

DJI Phantom 3 Drones for each team member + $1000 from 1517 Fund

Cal Hacks 4.0 Overall 2nd Place Prize

Nintendo Switches for each team member

Cal Hacks 4.0 Overall 3rd Place Prize

Amazon Echo Spots for each team member

The Cal Hacks Fellowship (6)

Cal Hacks if offering semester long fellowships to support entrepreneurship and innovation among highly motivated engineering and CS Berkeley students that won at Cal Hacks. Selected teams will be offered capital, mentorship, office space, and various other resources to advance and grow their projects.

$1000 + office space + mentorship + VC connections per selected team (max 6)

Best Continuation Hack

6 Month Spotify Premium Gift Cards

Best Beginner Hack

TOZO Drone Quadcopters

Best Entertainment Hack

Amazon Echo Dots

Best Education Hack

Instax Cameras

Best Health Hack

Fitbit Flex for each team member

Best Mobile App

Amazon Fire 7 Tablets

Best Web App

Logitech MX Anywhere 2S Mouse for each team member

Best VR Hack

NeuroSky MindWave Headsets

Best ML Hack

JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Best Hardware Hack

Raspberry PI Model 3 B Kits

Best Use of Azure or Microsoft Tech (2)

1st Place: Microsoft Surface Laptops (max 4)

2nd Place: Razor Scooters (max 4)

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Use of Expo

Nintendo Switches for everyone on the team

PWC Tech Challenge

1st Place: $100 Gift Card Per Team Member (max 4);
2nd Place: Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit;
3rd Place: Amazon Echo Dot (max 4)

Best Use of Sparkpost API

$500 in Amazon or Visa Giftcards

Best Travel Hack (by Concur)

Go Pro Hero Sessions (Max 4)

Best Use of Blackrock API

Drones (max 4)

Best Re-imagination of Markets By Nasdaq

-Internship/full-time job interview
-Trip to Nasdaq HQ (NYC) or Entrepreneurial Center (SF)
-Lunch with senior Nasdaq leader
-Winning team will have their picture on Nasdaq's Times Square screen and will be shared on Nasdaq's social media platforms

WRLD API Prize

Amazon Tap (Alexa-enabled Bluetooth Speaker) (max 4)
T-shirts (max 4)

Cisco-Meraki Prize (6)

High End Cisco-Meraki Routers

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Best Use of OpenTable API (2)

$100 OpenTable gift card to each winning team member

Best Finance Hack (by Capital One)

$300 Amazon Gift Cards

Best Use of UnifyID Android SDK

Total Rickall Rick and Morty Card Game and $256 Amazon Gift Card

Best Use of NEC API

Ricoh 360 Cameras

Best Google Cloud Machine Learning API Hack

4 Google Homes, 4 Google Cardboards, and $2500 in GCP credits

Best Google Cloud Platform Hack

4 Google Homes, 4 Google Cardboards, and $1500 in GCP credits

Best Hack using mLab

Potensic Drone

Best Cisco Spark Hack

Bose Headphones for each team member

Confluent API Prize

Apple Beats Pill + Portable Speaker (max 4)

Gnosis API Prize (3)

1st Place: $3000 GNO or ETH;
2nd Place: $1500;
3rd Place: $500

CONSENSYS

Free tickets to Ethereal SF, the Bay Area's Ethereum Summit.

Battery Pack Prize Sponsored by Facebook

A Facebook Battery Pack

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

A valid submission is a software or hardware hack produced at Cal Hacks 4.0, from start to finish or created prior to Cal Hacks 4.0 but sufficiently improved at the event.

This includes a ChallengePost submission to Cal Hacks and a demonstration during the Hack Expo on Sunday, October 8th, 2017. Please include a video or photo of the working product.

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

 

Judges

Qasar Younis

Qasar Younis
YCombinator

Charlie Cheever

Charlie Cheever
Founder Quora/Expo

Amit Kumar

Amit Kumar
Accel Ventures

Cory Levy

Cory Levy
Founder at Internapalooza

Alic Chen

Alic Chen
Founder at CITRIS

Danielle Strachman

Danielle Strachman
General Partner at 1517 Fund

Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee
Principal at Pear Ventures

Caroline Winnett

Caroline Winnett
Executive Director at SkyDeck

Chon Tang

Chon Tang
Founding Partner at SkyDeck

Dylan Chiu

Dylan Chiu
Ironfire Ventures

Thomas Jacobson

Thomas Jacobson
Ironfire Ventures

Gerald Friedland

Gerald Friedland
Professor at UC Berkeley

Ellen Chisa

Ellen Chisa
Entrepreneur at Ellen and Pauls New Startup

Keshav Dhandhania

Keshav Dhandhania
CEO at Common Lounge

Cameron Baradar

Cameron Baradar
Investor at The House

Vincent Sun

Vincent Sun
Investor at The House

John Mannes

John Mannes
Writer at TechCrunch

Blake LaFayette

Blake LaFayette
Director at Free Ventures

Danielle Fujii

Danielle Fujii
Founder at Mad Dog Software

Daniella Wenger

Daniella Wenger
Director at Free Ventures

Grant Empey

Grant Empey
Entrepreneur at Dot

Ben Jun

Ben Jun
CEO of HFV Labs

Baris Akis

Baris Akis
Founder of NavTalent

Priya Rajan

Priya Rajan
Director at Silicon Valley Bank

Reuben McCreanor

Reuben McCreanor
Applied Statistican at Survey Money

Ryan Orbuch

Ryan Orbuch
Cofounder at Volley.com

Jade Dominguez

Jade Dominguez
Senior Engineer at Instacart

Joe Nash

Joe Nash
Program Coordinator at GitHub Education

Eugene Vinitsky

Eugene Vinitsky
PhD Researcher at UC Berkeley

Omkar Salpekar

Omkar Salpekar
Director at Free Ventures

Pranav Gulati

Pranav Gulati
Director at Free Ventures

Judging Criteria

  • Potential Positive Impact
    Is this a product that people will use in their daily lives? Will it make lives better?
  • User Interface and Experience
    How refined does the app look? Is it smooth? Are there animations and cool image assets?
  • Originality and Innovation
    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 Difficulty
    How difficult was it to implement this project? Are there lots of APIs and libraries and languages involved? Did you use a really cool algorithm?