January 13-15, 2017 @ UCLA
Applications open Fall 2016


The First Hardware Hackathon on the West Coast

For the third time in history, IEEE at UCLA and Theta Tau at UCLA are pleased to present to you California's largest college hardware-focused hackathon ever.

At IDEA Hacks we provide our hackers with tools, such as 3D printers, soldering stations, and other equipment free of charge. Not only will these hackers code, but also they will create tangible products from scratch in one weekend.

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Welcome to Idea Hacks

5:00PM - Registration and Team Formation

Speeches and Presentations

8:00PM - Opening speeches from sponsors

Hacking Begins




7:00AM - 11:00AM


12:00PM - 1:00PM


6:00PM - 8:00PM



7:00AM - 11:00AM

Hacking Ends

9:00AM - Soldering irons down!

Exhibition Setup

9:00AM - Set up hacks to be displayed


9:00AM - 11:00AM

Closing and Awards

11:00AM - Thanks for coming!

IDEA Hackers



Who can attend?

As we are still a young event, IDEA Hacks is primarily looking for UCLA students. However, certain exceptions can be made on an application basis.

Where is it?

IDEA Hacks will be held at UCLA's Ackerman Grand Ballroom.

When is it?

January 13-15, 2017

What is the theme for this year's IDEA Hacks?

The theme for this year's IDEA Hacks is Sports Technology! Which means that you will have to create something that relates to exercise, sportsmanship, and the spirit of friendly competition!


How can I register?

Hackers can register on this site as soon as applications are opened. Applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.

I don't know anything about hardware!

No need to worry, you are definitely not alone! There will be workshops on hardware and hacking during the hackathon that will be free and accessible for everyone.

What if I don't have a team?

We encourage all hackers to be on teams of around 4-5. Not only will you have more fun, but more equipment will be available for your use!


How much does it cost?

IDEA Hacks costs absolutely nothing to participate in. There is no reason not to come out!

How about travel costs?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to cover transportation costs for this year's event.

Will food be provided?

Yes! Meals for all of the days of the hackathon will be provided for all hackers and participants. Please notify us of allergies or food preferences ahead of time.


What parts will be provided for my team?

A list of parts will be released soon.

What equipment will be available for my team?

There will be many options for your team's usage. Your selection will include 3D printers and much more. A list with the confirmed details will be released soon!

Where can I find the rubric?

We're still working on the rubric, but we'll put it up as soon as we're done!

How do I contact IDEA Hacks?

Email us at team@ideahacks.la! We would love to hear from you!


Interested in sponsoring?

View or download our sponsorship packet here!
Contact us at sponsor@ideahacks.la for more information.