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HACK UCSC 2014 (Invitation only)

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Price: $30.00 /per person

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PLEASE READ: this is an invitation only event. If you are interested in participating as Mentor, RSVP "Yes". You will be put on a Wait List, and we will contact you.

On April 5-6, UCSC and the Santa Cruz tech community will host the 1st annual hackathon: HACK UCSC. 150 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs will come together to build out cool ideas.

What's it about? A hackathon is a coding marathon where teams comprised of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs work together to create apps and programs. The theme of the event is “Santa Cruz”. What does Santa Cruz mean to you? Does it mean building a great app for Dominican or Sutter hospital? For the surfers, kitesurfers, mountain bike riders, or runners? It’s up to you and your team to come up with the most novel solution to the problems you see.

Are there prizes? You bet! $10,000 will be divided among the top 3 winners, and the People’s Choice winner. The People’s Choice prize will be selected by the audience at the Awards Dinner.

Who can participate?

• UCSC students: A team must be composed primarily of UCSC students. Teams can be spontaneously formed at the event, or pre-formed prior the event. All teams formed at the event must have at least one coder to make their creation come to life. Each UCSC student team can also have one non-UCSC member.

• Non-UCSC members: a team can include a non-UCSC member from the Santa Cruz community. You need experience with coding, design, and/or app development. Only one non-UCSC member is allowed on any student team. You must register and pay the entry fee on the Registration ( site. If your team should win, you will be entitled to an equal split of the prize money.

• Mentor: each team can include one mentor from the Santa Cruz community who will help with the development of the idea and app. If your team should win, you will NOT be entitled to any prize money. A qualified mentor must have relevant project management experience. To submit your request to be a mentor, RSVP Yes to this event, and answer the subsequent qualification questions.

Do you have ideas for an amazing app? If you have an idea for an app that could be developed at HACK UCSC, leave your idea on this MeetUp page in the Comments area below. Students and participants will be checking this page from time to time to get inspiration.

Basic Rules. Apps and product demos must be coded during the 32 hour duration of the Hackathon. This means no pre-written code (other than open-source) may be used. Participants can leave the OLC at any time and code elsewhere, however all participants are required to use Github to prove that code written was indeed written during the event. This check will only apply to the finalists. Pre-installed software (e.g., IDE's) is fine. There are no restriction on coding languages used.

How is it judged? The resulting apps will be scored on their relevance to the Santa Cruz community, technical merit, and idea novelty, by carefully selected judges from the Santa Cruz tech community. Teams will initially present to one judge, who then picks his best choice from those who presented. Each chosen team then presents in front of all the judges and in front of the hackathon participants. From these presentations, 3 winners will be announced. Additional non-cash prizes will be available at the event.

Where do I find the Schedule? The event will start at 10am on Saturday, April 5, and will end at 6pm on Sunday, April 6. An Awards Dinner will start at 6:30pm wherein the top 10 teams will demo their app, and be awarded appropriately. Keynote speakers will be announced the week before the event. For more details, see the Registration ( site.

Who are the Sponsors for this amazing event? The UCSC Center of Entrepreneurship and the tech community of Santa Cruz have come together for this inaugural event. Please thank the following sponsors:

Community Sponsors: Santa Cruz Tech Beat (, LightSpeed (, IEEE, and TechRaising (

We looking forward to seeing you there!

- HACK UCSC Team & Santa Cruz New Tech MeetUp

Legal: HACK UCSC reserves the right to reschedule the event, change prize amounts and/or restrict entry to participants. Teams in violation of contest rules (plagiarism, pre-event code) may be subject to further disciplinary action in addition to being disqualified from the event. In the event that maximum capacity is reached, some teams may not be able to participate. While efforts will be made to ensure event security, HACK UCSC is not responsible for loss or theft of personal property at the event.