LA Hacks is held every spring at UCLA’s iconic Pauley Pavilion to provide accessibility to STEM education for all students, regardless of their backgrounds. Over 1000 students from distinguished universities across the globe work together in teams to challenge themselves and to build something beyond their comfort level- all in the span of 36 hours. LA Hacks aspires to be not only one of the biggest tech events in California, but also one of the most sought after hackathons in the nation, with our primary focus being the encouragement of the thriving STEM culture and accessible opportunities for all students to learn new skills and technologies.
From Evan Spiegel (CEO, Snapchat) and Sean Rad (CEO, Tinder), to 8 time gold medalist, Apolo Ohno, and a special pre-screening of HBO’s Silicon Valley, LA Hacks has welcomed many leaders and role models in tech. With industry mentors, technical workshops, and founder panels galore, LA Hacks is entirely student run and works to broaden the scope of technology.
Some examples of some of the coolest projects created at LA Hacks:
2016 -- Drip -- smart shower meter to help save water -- https://devpost.com/software/127-drip
2015 -- Mind Controlled Mercedes -- https://devpost.com/software/mind-controlled-mercedes
2014 -- Ask Andy -- Voice controlled personal assistant -- https://devpost.com/software/ask-andy
LA Hacks epitomizes innovation, perseverance, and also pushing hackers to test their potential, and drive it above and beyond the edge of their current abilities and skill sets. This year, our team has been working hard to further achieve new milestones and provide a space for students to bring their crazy ideas to life. We are UCLA students from many corners of campus, all united by one big goal: to give over 1000 college students the opportunity to come together and collaborate with industry leaders and innovative companies to develop impactful products with cutting-edge technologies.
LA Hacks is a product of the hard work and dedication of a team of talented students from diverse backgrounds. Although our team has been working extremely hard for the past year to make this event a success, the reality is: running a hackathon is expensive.
For 36 hours, we provide a living environment that is every hacker’s dream. This includes but is not limited to food, wellness items, transportation, industry mentors, hardware, workshops, speakers, both peer and sponsored networking, security, venue staff, A/V equipment, and unlimited swag from some of the biggest names in the tech industry.
We want to continue to grow and be able to inspire innovation in the next generation of students, but we need your help. We want to ensure LA Hacks 2017 is the best it can be, and for that we encourage even the smallest contribution.
If you believe in us and this campaign, we encourage you to share the link with others who may be interested in contributing. Your fully tax-deductible donation will not only help us host one of the most successful student-run hackathons on the West Coast, but also endorse the growth of accessible STEM education in California and the country.