For the sixth time, UCLA IEEE and 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. We provide you with tools, such as 3D printers, soldering stations, and other equipment free of charge. IDEA Hacks is a platform for you to experiment, collaborate, and develop tangible products from scratch in 36 hours.

This year our theme is “College Lifestyle”. This means you will be challenged to create something that focuses on enhancing students’ daily routines, whether that means increased sustainability, comfort, and more. Spend the weekend with us to innovate and create.

Check In

5 - 8 PM

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Team Formation

6:30 - 7 PM

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Team Registration

7:30 - 8:30 PM

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Opening Statements

8 - 9 PM

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Hacking Begins

9 PM

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Breakfast

7 - 10 AM

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Workshops

9 - 11 AM

TBD

Lunch

12 - 2 PM

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Dinner

6:30 - 8 PM

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Breakfast

7 - 10 AM

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Hacking Ends

9 AM

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Exhibition Setup

9 - 9:30 AM

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Judging

9:30 - 11 AM

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Judging Finals

11 - 12:30 PM

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Closing & Awards

12:30 - 1 PM

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WHO CAN ATTEND?

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

WHAT DOES A "HARDWARE HACKATHON" MEAN?

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

WHAT IF 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 and other hardware experts ready to assist those who are having trouble bringing their hacks to life.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

A valid ID such as a student ID is required for admission into Ackerman Grand Ballroom. If you don't live around UCLA, we recommend bringing necessary toiletries and a sleeping bag.

WHAT ABOUT TRAVEL COSTS?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to cover transportation costs for this year's event. If you’re looking for details about the venue, look here.

HOW CAN I CHECK OUT PARTS DURING THE HACKATHON?

During the hackathon, you can simply approach our parts station and request a part from one of our volunteers. If it’s in stock, our volunteers will check the part out to your team.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Hackers can apply on this website! Applications will be out by early November, and will close in mid-December. 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!

WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A TEAM?

You are free to hack alone, but that's no fun! We encourage everyone to be on teams of around 4-5 hackers. Official team signups happen at the start of the hackathon. If you do not have a team in mind, we hold a team formation session before hacking begins.

WHAT TOOLS AND HARDWARE WILL BE PROVIDED FOR MY TEAM?

If you would like to see a specific part or device at the hackathon, you can specify it on your application and we'll do our best to accommodate! When applications are released, we will also release a list of parts. In addition, keep in mind that you are not allowed to bring any hardware of your own to the hackathon.

WHAT DO HACKERS GAIN FROM PARTICIPATING?

In addition to being completely free, we will provide hackers free meals, a free shirt, a room to sleep in, and a chance to win a prize! The top three teams’ members will each receive a prize. Even more valuable, at our hackathon you will gain project experience and learn something new!

HOW DO I CONTACT IDEA HACKS?

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!