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ACMHacks is a weekend-long event where hundreds of students from around the Bay Area and beyond come together to work on cool software and/or hardware projects. As one of the largest undergraduate hackathons in the Bay Area, we typically bring in over 100 students to UCSC's campus every year. This year, ACMHacks is fully in-person on UCSC's campus in November from the evening of 9th to the afternoon of the 11th ! Students will be building, learning, and creating technology projects from scratch. Websites and mobile apps are common types of hacks, but you can build anything! Think outside the box : )
This year we are are partnering with GraceHacks for a collaborative hackathon. To register, sign up here: ACMHacksxGraceHacks Sign Up


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What is a hackathon?

Hackathons are social coding events where people get together to work on a project in a short period of time. They’re great for meeting new people, showing off your skills, and creating innovative solutions.

Who can participate?

All students studying at a high school, college/university, and other alternative schools (such as bootcamps) can apply! We will be hosting workshops during the event as well as have mentors to help you through any technical difficulties. No coding or technical experience is necessary!

Why should I participate?

Hackathons are a great opportunity to collaborate with minded peers to come up with new solutions to modern issues. By participating, you will be able to challenge yourself, network, and showcase your skills to industry experts. And of course, you can win prizes!

How much does this cost?

Nothing! Thanks to our generous sponsors, ACMHacks is free for our student attendees, mentors, judges, and volunteers! We plan to provide all meals and snacks. Note: ACMHacks is unable to cover travel costs

Do I need previous experience?

Nope! No experience is required. At ACMHacks, we focus on guiding newcomers to tech as well as providing support and community to experienced creators. We encourage everyone to sign up, especially beginners.

What should I bring?

Some essential things to bring include a laptop (with charger) and a water bottle.

Do I need a team to apply? Is there a limit to the size of each team?

It is not necessary to have a team at the time of application nor at the actual event! If you choose to build a team, there can be a maximum of 4 people.

How do I sign up?

You can fill out our registration form here

What happens after I fill out the registration form?

Your spot will be reserved and we will release information about project tracks, judging, and other logistics closer to the event date.


Past Winners


Foodifier allows the discord server members aka other UCSC students to add their own reviews/ratings on the different food items, as well as read the previous responses. It also allows people to view today's menu for a specified meal at any residential college.


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