Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season

Thank You, Hackers!

Still itching to hack?


SD Hacks 2016 will be the second iteration of UC San Diego’s 36-hour, 1,000 student hackathon. We’ll take care of providing you with the best workshops, mentorship, hardware, food, internet, swag and job opportunities out there. We’re also going to have additional resources for Virtual Reality and Hardware hackers. Just be prepared to learn a lot, make new friends, and have an incredible weekend!

This year, SD Hacks will bring awesome workshops and mentors onsite to help you get the most out of the following resources.

Virtual Reality

We will provide HTC Vives, Oculus Rifts, and VR-ready PC's for Virtual Reality developers!


Visit our maker space to get help with your hardware hacks. 3D printers will be available.

Dev Resources

We'll have sponsors with API's and experienced mentors to help you learn and make your apps shine.

4:00 PM
Sponsor Registration
@ Outside 1st Floor Lobby
7:00 PM
Hacker Registration
@ Main Stage
8:00 PM
@ Lobby
8:30 PM
@ RIMAC Field
9:00 PM
Opening Ceremony
@ Main Stage
11:15 PM
Hacking Begins
@ First Floor, Rimac Arena
11:15 PM - 1:15 AM
DragonBoard Workshop
@ Green Room
11:15 PM - 1:15 AM
VR Workshop
@ Dugout
1:00 AM - 3:00 AM
3D Printing/CAD Workshop
@ Maker Space
1:30 AM - 6:00 AM
2:00 AM - 3:30 AM
Node Workshop
@ The Dugout
8:00 AM
@ Lobby
10:30 AM
SPAWAR Tech Talk
@ Green Room
1:00 PM
@ Lobby
2:30 PM
Link2Tech Panel
@ Main Stage
4:30 PM
1517 Tech Talk - Founders Anonymous
@ Green Room
6:00 PM
MLH Capture the Flag Challenge
@ Green Room
7:00 PM
@ Lobby
10:00 PM
MLH Cup Stacking Challenge
@ Green Room
12:00 AM
Origami Workshop
@ Green Room
7:00 AM
@ Lobby
10:00 AM
Hacks Due
@ First Floor, Rimac Arena
10:00 AM
Early Lunch
@ Outside
11:00 AM
Initial Demoes
@ First Floor, Rimac Arena
1:00 PM
Closing Ceremony
@ Main Stage


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event, typically lasting multiple days, in which a large number of people meet to collaboratively build out their ideas using technology. We'll be partaking in this kind of hacking, not this kind.

Who can attend?

Any college or high school students over 18 years of age from anywhere in the world are eligible. This includes graduate students, but be sure to understand any agreements you’ve made with your university with regards to research and IP. If you are enrolled at a UC campus but not yet 18, you are also eligible to participate. We wish we could invite minors but unfortunately cannot for legal reasons.

What should I bring?

Bring your student ID, computer, any external peripherals you may need (chargers, monitors, etc.), any other hardware that you definitely plan on using, and an open mind. Also bring a change of clothes, a toothbrush, and any other toiletries you may need. You may also bring a sleeping bag if you plan to nap.

When should I show up and when should I leave?

You should plan to arrive at the hackathon late Friday evening and to leave early Sunday afternoon. A detailed schedule will be released closer to the event date.

What if I don't have a team?

We allow teams of up to four hackers. If you’re concerned that you may not have a team going in, no worries! We will host a team formation event at the beginning of the hackathon so that no one has to hack alone (unless they want to). If you do have a team, we will do our best to accept you all. Make sure ALL members apply and include all other members’ addresses in their applications.

How do I get there?

We will send buses to most-- if not all-- undergraduate UC campuses. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide any reimbursements to those traveling from outside of California.

Do I have to pay to get in?


How can I help?

Please email us at if you have a question not listed here or if you’re interested in helping out!

Are there any rules?

As a Major League Hacking member event, we are adopting Major League Hacking’s Code of Conduct which requires you to respect others and help us keep SD Hacks a safe space for everyone. If you want your project to be considered for an award, you may only submit work that your team wrote during the hackathon.

Do I have to pay for parking?

Yes, parking permits are $2 per hr on Friday evening up to 11pm. After 11pm on Friday, parking is free for the weekend. The closest parking to RIMAC Arena is the Hopkins Parking Structure shown below.


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