Hack on the Hill (HOTH) is a 12 hour, beginner-friendly hackathon designed to give beginners a glimpse into what a real hackathon would be and feel like.

Hack on the Hill (HOTH) is a 12 hour, beginner-friendly hackathon designed to give beginners a glimpse into what a real hackathon would be and feel like. During HOTH, there are workshops, mentors, and amazing prizes! Whether you’re a hackathon veteran or you’ve never been to a hackathon before, Hack on the Hill is the best way to get involved with UCLA’s hacker community and get a feel for what it would be like to attend a real hackathon.

For our prize tracks, full workshop schedule, and more, visit our website!

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Prizes

$686 in prizes

Best Hardware Hack

2nd Generation Echo Dot

Best Web Hack

Anker Soundcore 24-Hour Playtime Bluetooth Speaker

Best Mobile Hack

Anker PowerCore 5000

Best Design

Huion H420 USB Graphics Drawing Tablet Board Kit

Best Game

LETSCOM Bluetooth Headphones

Best Overall Hack

Google Home Mini

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

Participants must be UCLA students. Team sizes can range from 1-4 people.

Judges

Shannon Phu

Shannon Phu
Software Engineer, Microsoft

Kelvin Wong

Kelvin Wong
Software Engineer, Amazon

Tyler Lindberg

Tyler Lindberg
Software Engineer, Vertebrae

Yvonne Chen

Yvonne Chen
ACM President

Adit Deshpande

Adit Deshpande
ACM AI President

Kevin Tan

Kevin Tan
ACM Hack President

Connie Chen

Connie Chen
ACM Hack Officer

Timothy Gu

Timothy Gu
ACM Hack Officer

Prateek Singh

Prateek Singh
ACM Hack Officer

Galen Wong

Galen Wong
ACM Hack Officer

Judging Criteria

  • Improvement
    Did your team start from the bottom, now the whole team here? Jokes aside, we'll be evaluating your project based on your current skills (never coded in your life) to where you are now at the end of this hackathon.
  • Technical Difficulty
  • Creativity of the Hack
  • Pitch to the Judges
    How well did you sell your project to the judges? This is all about your enthusiasm and how well you can explain the project you built.
  • Marketability
    Is the app complete and ready for use? Or partially complete, but the idea is still there?