CruzHacks 2018

Create something that makes
a difference.

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January 19-21, 2018
Porter Dining Hall
Santa Cruz, CA

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Join us for a weekend of innovation and impact.

CruzHacks brings together a diverse and inclusive group of students and professionals to develop innovative solutions to solve real world challenges. Last year​ ​we​ ​brought​ ​together​ ​700​ ​students​ ​from​ ​over​ ​25​ ​universities. Our goals to support creativity in technology and promote the development of technological solutions in social good are at the forefront of our efforts every year.


Put your thinking cap on and brainstorm a unique, innovative, and progressive idea that delivers a positive effect on your community.


Team up with students from 25+ universities, and 50+ mentors as you power through the weekend!


Try out a new API, team up with your fellow students, and build something amazing at CruzHacks!

An all inclusive environment

This year, we’re working even harder to make CruzHacks a diverse and welcoming event for students of all skill levels. Our pre-hack events help newcomers build their first website, and assist seasoned coders in expanding their skill set with new technologies.

Extend your industry network

Founders and representatives of various startups and industry giants hold workshops and booths at CruzHacks each year; this opportunity allows attendees to build confidence in their intrapersonal skills as well as learn a new product or API!

Extend your industry network

Founders and representatives of various startups and industry giants hold workshops and booths at CruzHacks each year; this opportunity allows attendees to build confidence in their intrapersonal skills as well as learn a new product or API!

Stories from past hackers

Sarah Borland

UCSC Alumni — Software Engineer at IBM

Even as a regular hackthoner, I still hold CruzHacks as the hackathon that was the most monumental in being able to achieve my goals in my technical career. As a participant, I learnt so much from the technical mentors and sponsors as well as from my fellow pioneering students from colleges all over the bay. Without a doubt, CruzHacks has the quintessential spirit of hackathons!

Alex Nguyen

UCSC Alumni — Former Participant

My first hackathon was CruzHacks. It was actually my last year of college, but I did get a lot more than I was expecting – exposure, experience, and fun! It was incredible to see so much diversity in technologies, ideas, and people. Within those 36 “hacking” hours, I learned things you wouldn’t find in your normal everyday class. I’d definitely say it was a memorable experience – collaborating with friends, programming at lightning speed, and sleeping on tables. CruzHacks was awesome and there was, like, an unlimited supply of food and free swag.

Brian Rono

Graduate — CSU Monterey Bay

I went specifically to CruzHacks because it was outside of CSUMB in every way. A different school, different organizers, new surroundings, new people to think with. It helps to visit other communities to see and understand their perspective. There is consistently food and snacks available. There is always a volunteer ready to help around the clock. CruzHacks also had more diversity, attracting other schools and outside participants. And the prizes were worth entering for.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors!



January 19, 2018

8:00pm - Sponsor Setup. Special parking permits will be provided.
8:30pm - Doors Open. Registration for all participants. Dinner will be provided.
10:00pm - Opening Ceremonies


January 20, 2018

12:00am - HACK!
8:00am - Breakfast
10:00am - Devpost submission creation
12:00pm - Lunch
6:00pm - Devpost submission for categories due
8:00pm - Dinner


January 21, 2018

8:00am - Breakfast
12:00pm - Code Freeze, Lunch
1:00pm - Round 1 Judging
2:30pm - Guest Speaker
3:00pm - Round 2 Judging
4:30pm - Closing Speakers, Winners Announced
5:30pm - Awards Ceremony

CruzHacks in the Media

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is where you can build out your ideas, network, and show off your skills. This 3-day event consists of forming teams, choosing an idea, building it out, and showing it off at the end. Hundreds of students, sponsors, mentors, and judges gather together to push the limits of what you can build, only limited by your imagination.

Who can participate?

Everyone can! This event is open to coders, designers, artists, project managers, and anyone else who wants to create! No prior coding or technical experience is necessary,​ ​and​ ​everyone​ ​is​ ​welcome​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​the​ ​hackathon!

What are the rules of the hackathon?

As a Major League Hacking member event, we follow Major League Hacking’s Code of Conduct which ensures all attendees to CruzHacks are respectful regardless of who you are and where you come from. Additionally, to be considered for an award, you must only submit a project that your team wrote and worked on during the hackathon.

What are the prizes?

There are going to be awesome prizes at the event! Take a look at our categories page​ ​that​ ​will​ ​be​ ​continually​ ​updated​ ​as​ ​the​ ​details​ ​roll​ ​in!

How can I become a sponsor?

Our sponsor pamphlet can be found here. Please also contact Anjali, our sponsorship expert, at and we can discuss the best way for your organization to get involved!

How​ ​can​ ​I​ ​keep​ ​up​ ​to​ ​date​ ​on​ ​CruzHacks​ ​2018​ ​news?

Follow our Facebook page here! This is also a great place to find other hackers to team​ ​with,​ ​or​ ​explore​ ​ideas​ ​on​ ​what​ ​to​ ​build.

Is this completely free?

Yes! This event is completely free for everyone! Unlike in years past, we will not be charging an admission fee for this event. We will cover all costs (including all meals) for the entire duration of the event. Note: CruzHacks 2018 does not cover any travel​ ​costs

What should I bring to the hackathon?

Some essential things to bring include a laptop (with charger), an empty bag for swag, and a change of clothes if you plan on spending the night!

How many people can I have on my team?

Each team can have a maximum number of 5 people.

How can I become a mentor or judge?

We would love to have you as a mentor or judge. More information will be coming in November!

Meet the organizing team!

Zimraan Hamid

Executive Director

Anjali Kanthilal

Executive Director

Alexis Camanga

Director of Logistics

Amit Saxena

Director of Sponsorship

Anisha Trivedi

Director of Public Relations

Greg Wolff

Director of Design

Sarah Ali


Olivia Ahmed

Logistics Lead

Hector Briseno

Logistics Lead

Rachel Trail

Logistics Lead

Madi Fishtrom

Sponsorship Lead

Shyaan Khan

Sponsorship Lead

Kristine Nguyen

Sponsorship Lead

Soham Saha

Sponsorship Lead

Karthik Manickam

Development Lead

Advisory Committee

Lena Bacon

President of Gesher Group

Kenneth Jones

President of Formula Slug

Kevin Viet Le

Microsoft Senior Student Partner

Sukh Singh

CEO of Code Naturally

Board of Directors

Sue Carter

Director of CIED at UCSC

Doug Erickson

Vice President of Sales at Nanigans

Tomer Kagan

CEO of Sigma

Sonya Newlyn

CIED Assistant at UCSC

Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season