CruzHacks brings together a diverse and inclusive group of students and professionals to develop innovative solutions to solve real world challenges.

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 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.

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Prizes

$11,135 in prizes

Tech Cares (3)

Are you passionate about what technology can do to help in your society? Look no further.
Judging Criteria:
Social Benefit A: Does it contribute to social improvement in a clear and tangible way?
Social benefit B: Does it solve a need from an partnered NPO ?
Technical Merit How difficult was this Hack to build? Was a particularly difficult design challenge met? How polished is the Hack? How complete is the Hack, as presented? What work was actually accomplished as opposed to what was envisioned?
Impact/Use Potential: How much does an individual benefit from this hack? How many people will benefit from the hack?
Design: Is it accessible and usable in its current state? Were positive user experience principles exercised? Is usage self-apparent or do you need a manual?

1st Place: DJI Spark for each member ($250x4) and $260 to a charity of choice
2nd Place: UE Boom 3 + Amazon Echo Dot + 2-Pack Smart plugs for each member ($200x4)
3rd Place: Raspberry Pi Kit + 6-Pack Tiles for each member ($110x4)

Tech Innovation (3)

Do you have an amazing idea for a future best-selling product? This is your time to shine.
Judging Criteria:
Novelty: Is the approach or solution novel? Does it substantially depart from similar products?
Technical Merit: How elegant is the solution? Was a particularly difficult design challenge met? How polished is the Hack? How complete is the Hack, as presented? What work was actually accomplished as opposed to what was envisioned?
Impact/Use Potential: How much does an individual benefit from this hack? How many people will benefit from the hack?
Design: Is it accessible and usable in its current state? Were positive user experience principles exercised? Is usage self-apparent or do you need a manual?

1st Place: DJI Spark for each member ($260x4)
2nd Place: UE Boom 3 + Amazon Echo Dot + 2-Pack Smart plugs for each member ($200x4)
3rd Place: Raspberry Pi Kit + 6-Pack Tiles for each member ($110x4)

Best Beginner Hack

Best Beginners Hack. Hackathon's are meant for everyone, especially our for first-time hackers! To that end, we've created a prize category for teams with all first-time hackers.
Only requirement: Everyone in your group is a first-time hacker
(1) Inboard electric skateboard ($1000)

Sponsor-Amazon (4)

Echo dots awarded to teams that build Alexa skills, until we run out of dots.
Criteria: How far did you get in publishing the skill? Complexity of the skill? Execution? (Does it work)

5 Amazon Echo Dots per team ($250)

Sponsor-EarthHacks

EarthHacks is an innovation-focused track that promotes interdisciplinary solutions to real-world environmental challenges. Proposed solutions can involve hardware, software, art, text, and other materials. The goal is to create the most well-developed, novel, practical, and implementable solution to the problem presented!

Choose any environmental issues that we currently face today. The issue could be local, national, international, worldwide - but must have a specific target audience and environmental significance! Design and create a concept for a solution to a pressing environmental problem that creates a solution, or improves upon the current solutions implemented. Your project must be novel, technically-sound, factually based, realistic, and ultimately implementable.

Amazon Echo Dots ($50)

Sponsor-Hedera (2)

Build an application that best takes advantage of micropayments using the Hedera Cryptocurrency API.

Example use cases: pay per API request, IoT device usage per second, blog post read, or in-game item used.

Oculus Go ($200)

Sponsor-ITS

Sample Project Ideas
IoT device integration with 3rd party apps (social media, Slack) to report wireless network status/performance
Demonstrate network disrupting activities to wireless network (DDoS, rogue DNS/DHCP)
API access with wireless network monitoring and management tools (Ekahau, Cisco Prime Infrastructure)

Award Criteria
Hack which will most likely be used by everyday users of the device.
Hack which will be submitted to the vendor as a possible security vulnerability.

Raspberry Pi kit ($200)

Sponsor-Microsoft

Security breaches are becoming increasingly common and being able to understand the attacks behind them is crucial in protecting against them. Teams must use Microsoft tools and data from past security breaches, to build and present a solution on how to prevent them in the future.

Teams Must:
Choose one type of breach from the list on
Choose one type of organization from the list on
Build a visualization that shows key findings from the data (trends, patterns, anomalies, frequencies, etc.)
Visualization must be built with either: PowerBI, Azure, or Excel and PowerPoint,
Use the date range of 2013 - 2018
Using your visualization, present your findings. They must provide security-related recommendations for the type of organization chosen

1st Place: Surface Go - one per team ($400)
2nd Place: Xbox One - one per team ($300)

Data Source and Credit: Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

Sponsor-ProductOps

Best use of Analytics for Product Improvement

Lunch with our team + attendance to our company's brown bag lectures + $300 cash prize

Sponsor-UCSC Arts (3)

Description:
Artists are natural entrepreneurs. They are creative. They are disruptors. They take initiative. They implement enduring change. They bring others along. They make something new and put it out in the world, over and over again. The entrepreneurial mindset positions the artist as a key contributor to addressing today's most pressing issues. The vision, creativity and problem-solving abilities artists possess are invaluable assets for solving the countless problems we face as a society and for advancing a culture of innovation.

Judging Criteria:
Does the project attempt to solve a problem facing society (large or small scale)?
How creative and entrepreneurial is the project?
Does the project inspire creativity in others?

1st Place: $750 Cash prize
2nd Place: $500 Cash prize

MLH-Best use of Google Cloud Platform

Use Google Cloud Platform in your hack. Find a full list of GCP products & services at: https://cloud.google.com/products/. Each winning team member will receive a Google Home Mini, max 4 per team.

Google Home Minis ($50) for each team member

MLH-Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit.

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit ($50) for each team member

MLH-Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Use a Qualcomm device, like the Dragonboard 410C, in your IoT project. Each winning team member will receive their own DragonBoard 410C.

410C Dragonboard ($75) for each team member

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

All participants in CruzHacks 2019 must be aged 13 years or older. Any participant who is under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission to participate in CruzHacks 2019, and they and their parent or legal guardian must sign the accompanying ParentalRelease and Consent Form.

Participants are encouraged to work in teams of up to 5 on a maximum of one project. Registration for CruzHacks 2019 constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions(and any amendments to them) which are final and binding in all respects. All individuals and teams that apply to CruzHacks 2019 must be accepted by the organizers in order to be eligible to participate.

The Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any participant and/or team from CruzHacks 2019 if, in their sole discretion, the participant and/or team has not complied with these terms and conditions, has tampered with the operation of CruzHacks 2019, or has engaged in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to the Organizers, CruzHacks2019, or any other participant and/or team. This determination is at the sole discretion of the Organizers.

Requirements

Tl;dr In addition to all the sponsored categories, CruzHacks 2019 will have 2 main categories: Tech Cares and Tech Innovation. Teams may only choose to submit to ONE of these categories, but not both. You CANNOT submit to both Tech Innovation and Tech Cares. You can submit to any of the other categories, and as many as you want.

Project ideas for CruzHacks 2019 may be preconceived or spontaneously created at the event. Each participating team may submit only one project for final consideration by judges. Submissions must be submitted prior to the scheduled presentation time in order to be eligible to win prizes.

Additional prizes may be available solely at the discretion of the Organizers. Full details about all additional awards will be made known at the beginning of CruzHacks 2019. The Organizers have the right to add or remove award categories at their discretion.

Each participating team may submit only one project for final consideration by judges. Submissions must be submitted prior to the scheduled presentation time in order to be eligible to win prizes. Additional prizes may be available solely at the discretion of the Organizers.

Full details about all additional awards will be made known at the beginning of CruzHacks 2019.

In addition to all the sponsored categories, CruzHacks 2019 will have 2 main categories: Tech Cares and Tech Innovation. Teams may only choose to submit to ONE of these categories, but not both. You CANNOT submit to both Tech Innovation and Tech Cares.  You can submit to any of the other categories, and as many as you want.

Judges

Marcelo Siero

Marcelo Siero
UCSC BSOE

Jay Rodge

Jay Rodge
Illinois Institute of Technology

Nick Elor

Nick Elor
Walt Disney Imagineering

Emmanuel Leroy

Emmanuel Leroy
Syndio Solutions inc

Kai Pommerenke

Kai Pommerenke
Accepi, UCSC

Adhiraj Somani

Adhiraj Somani
Sentry

Peter Bergstrom

Peter Bergstrom
Google

Jeffrey Priebe

Jeffrey Priebe
Promise

Larry Cady

Larry Cady
IFI CLAIMS Patent Services

Ocean Hurd

Ocean Hurd
UCSC Society of Women in Engineering

Zach Waterfield

Zach Waterfield
PadPiper

John Hawklyn

John Hawklyn
Santa Cruz County

Kevin Serrano

Kevin Serrano

Bradley Shanrock-Solberg

Bradley Shanrock-Solberg
Santa Cruz Data Science

Mark Davidson

Mark Davidson
ProductOps, Inc.

Frank Piva

Frank Piva
ProductOps, Inc.

Pradeep Suresh

Pradeep Suresh
Cisco Systems

Carmel Benson

Carmel Benson
Carmel Inc.

Vidya Sagar Sankaranarayanan

Vidya Sagar Sankaranarayanan
Plate IQ

Slawek Tulaczyk

Slawek Tulaczyk
UCSC

Simon Huang Deng

Simon Huang Deng
Auto Illanta

Steve Yatson

Steve Yatson
ProductOps, Inc.

Paul Iverson

Paul Iverson
ProductOps, Inc.

Doug Erickson

Doug Erickson
Nanigans

Andrew Mueller

Andrew Mueller
TechRaising and Mueller and Company

Curtis A. Ridgeway

Curtis A. Ridgeway

Samuel Ramirez

Samuel Ramirez

Craig Vachon

Craig Vachon
NextStage

Kadhir Manickam

Kadhir Manickam
Palantir

Akhil Batra

Akhil Batra
Google - Youtube

Minu Palaniappan

Minu Palaniappan
8VC

Jotthe Kannappan

Jotthe Kannappan
Click Diagnostics

Vikram Sahai

Vikram Sahai
UCSC Foundation

Anders Steele

Anders Steele
Big Farm PR

William Jolitz

William Jolitz
Valux

Faina Segal

Faina Segal
Cisco Systems

Omar Jabri

Omar Jabri
Apple

Fuad Abu Nofal

Fuad Abu Nofal

Kanti Bhabuthmal

Kanti Bhabuthmal
Supermicro

Manju Kanthilal

Manju Kanthilal
Revance Therapeutics

Rahul Saxena

Rahul Saxena
Intel

Ned Hogan

Ned Hogan
Plantronics

Shaunak Mistry

Shaunak Mistry
Looker

Thomas Pinella

Thomas Pinella
Looker

Karthik Palaniappan

Karthik Palaniappan

Jared Brick

Jared Brick

Suzanne Wouk

Suzanne Wouk
SellHound

Nicki Nelson

Nicki Nelson
Consultant for EdVentures Group

Judging Criteria

  • Tech Cares
    What can technology can do to help in your society? Does your project contribute to social improvement in a clear and tangible way? Or does it solve a need from a partnered NPO? We will be judging based on technical merit, use potential/impact, and design
  • Tech Inovation
    Do you have an amazing or original idea for a future best-selling product? Judging will be based on novelty, technical merit, impact/use potential, and design.
  • Sponsor-Amazon
    Creating Amazon Alexa Skills. How far did you get in publishing the skill? What's the complexity of the skill? Execution?
  • Sponsor-EarthHacks
    Hacks will be judged based on how your solution tackles an environmental issue of your team's choice, the practicality of the solution, whether it is a worthy investment, and feasibility among various factors involved
  • Sponsor-Google
    Best use of Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Sponsor-Hedera
    Build an application that best takes advantage of micropayments using the Hedera Cryptocurrency API.
  • Sponsor-ITS
    IoT Hack to improve Student Housing Experience Award Criteria Hack which will most likely be used by everyday users of the device. Hack which will be submitted to the vendor as a possible security vulnerability.
  • Sponsor-Microsoft
    Use Microsoft tools and data from past security breaches to build and present a solution for the future. Judging includes: reasoning for type of breach chosen, understanding key data findings, technical complexity
  • Sponsor-ProductOps
    Best use of Analytics for Product Improvement
  • Sponsor-UCSC Arts
    Creative Entrepreneurship in the Arts. Does the project attempt to solve a problem facing society (large or small scale)? How creative and entrepreneurial is the project? Does the project inspire creativity in others?