For the seventh time, UCLA IEEE and the UCLA Chapter of Theta Tau are pleased to present IDEA Hacks, one of the few college hackathons that provides an emphasis in hardware and the largest of its kind on the West Coast. IDEA Hacks is a platform for you to experiment, collaborate, and develop tangible products from scratch in 36 hours.

Due to concerns over COVID-19, IDEA Hacks will be running remotely this year. To learn more about how that will work, see our FAQ.

This year, our theme is “Home Applications”. This means you will be challenged to create something that focuses on enhancing our own daily routines at home in these challenging times, whether that means increased sustainability, comfort, productivity, or something else entirely. Spend the weekend innovating. We are excited to see what you can create.

Our events will be taking place on the IDEA Hacks Discord or on Zoom. Our Zoom links are still TBD; keep an eye on this page or on the Discord for updates!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15

OPENING

7 PM - 8 PM

DISCORD TOUR

8 PM - 9 PM

DISCORD/ZOOM

HACKING BEGINS

9 PM

DISCORD/ZOOM

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16

LOCKHEED MARTIN PRESENTATION

11 AM - 12 PM

YOGA EXERCISE SESSION

2 PM - 3 PM

DISCORD/ZOOM

OPEN ACTIVITY SESSION 2

3 PM - 4 PM

DISCORD/ZOOM

AMONG US

7 PM - 8 PM

DISCORD

JACKBOX

9 PM - 10 PM

DISCORD

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17

DEADLINE TO POST ON DEVPOST

8:59 AM

DISCORD/ZOOM

VOTING AND JUDGING

10 AM - 1 PM

DISCORD/ZOOM

CLOSING AND AWARDS

1:30 PM - 2 PM

DISCORD/ZOOM

Q.

How will the hackathon work?

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Because of concerns about coronavirus, we will be running the hackathon entirely remotely. We have put together three categories of boxes of parts, each centered around their own theme, which we will ship directly to the address you provide. You will have three days to prepare your project from the parts in your box and will present your creation to our judges remotely. Depending on participation, projects may be judged in groups by which box they were created from.

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Will I be able to work with a team?

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Due to the remote nature of the hackathon and COVID-19, we are not allowing large teams. You are given the option to put one person on your application to be your teammate, but you will only get one box for your team, and it is up to you to work out how to properly collaborate on your project. Depending on the number of teams and individual hackers, teams may be judged separately from individuals.

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Who can participate?

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All students interested are encouraged to apply. Although we primarily cater to UCLA engineering students, every application will be considered.

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Can international students apply?

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Unfortunately, due to the complications of shipping certain parts overseas, we will not be able to ship our boxes outside of United States.

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What does a "Hardware Hackathon" mean?

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At IDEA Hacks, a hardware hackathon means that your project can be anything you like as long as it includes a hardware component.

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What if I don't know anything about hardware?

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You are definitely not alone! During the hackathon, there will be workshops on hardware and hacking that will be accessible for everyone. In addition, our resources page provides quickstart info and basic ideas for specific parts featured in our boxes. Create an account to view our resources page!

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How do I apply?

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Hackers can apply on this website! Applications will be out by mid-October, and will close in mid-November. To get an email reminder once the application gets sent out, like our Facebook page here. Applications are reviewed and accepted on a first come first served basis, so apply early!

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What do hackers gain from participating?

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You will get tons of benefits from participating! You will get to keep all of your parts and will get a free hackathon t-shirt and swag from our sponsors. On top of that, you'll get personal exposure with reps from industry-leading companies and the opportunity to have your resume included in a resume book sent to our sponsors. The top the projects in each category will receive prizes, and most important of all, you'll gain valuable project experience and have the opportunity to learn something new!

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How do I contact IDEA HACKS?

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Email us at team@ideahacks.la! You can also like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram.

Interested in sponsoring?
Check out our sponsorship brochure here!