January 13-15, 2017 @ UCLA
Applications out Now!


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 for college students can be made on an application basis.

Where is it?

IDEA Hacks will be held at Ackerman Grand Ballroom, which lies at the heart of UCLA's campus.

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

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


How do 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!

You are definitely not alone! During the hackathon, there will be workshops on hardware and hacking that will be accessible for everyone. There will also be mentors other hardware experts ready to assist those who are having trouble bringing their hacks to life.

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! That being said, we're working on implementing a team builder system that will be available before the hackathon, so that inidividual hackers or smaller groups can be successful in finding the right teammates.


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. If you plan to bring a vehicle and need parking, please specify so on your application.

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 tools and hardware will be provided for my team?

We are currently working on compiling a list of parts and plan to release it before the hackathon so that hackers are aware of what they will be provided. If you would like to see a specific part at the hackathon, you can list it on your application.

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!


Food Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring?

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