IDEA Hacks was founded in 2014 by members of UCLA IEEE and Theta Tau Upsilon Delta. Ever since our first hackathon in January 2015, IDEA Hacks’ vision has been to provide engineering students with a space to learn, create, and inspire one another. As the first and largest hardware hackathon in California, we encourage interdisciplinary teams to build hands-on components as opposed to a software hackathon.
Throughout the years we’ve increased the breadth of our event, and at our last hackathon over 200 hackers participated. Our goals are to benefit the engineering community and the community as a whole by promoting innovation in areas that matter. Featured projects include an ASL Recognition Platform, Light-Up Frisbee, and many more!
PRIZE: Monoprice 3-D printer
TEAM: Julian Mendel, Mark Nasielski, Serene Kamal, Michelle Du, Eric Sarnoff Espinosa
PROJECT: With a special glove, users can use sign language to change the color of an LED.
PRIZE: Amazon Echo
TEAM: Jimmy Byrne, Josh Ren, Anshul Aggarwal, Nina Chikanov, Allison Doami
PROJECT: Aimed at visually impaired people, this project takes current weather information around the world to choose the perfect outfit for the user.
PRIZE: Quadcopter drone
TEAM: Chris Hailey, Ishan Shah, Joel Joseph, Adithya Bellathur, Janeline Wong
PROJECT: Using ultra sonic sensors, capacitive touch and facial recognition to reduce the likely hood of cooking fires.
PRIZE: New Matter 3-D printer
TEAM: Andrew Chen, Matthew Wong, Robert Zalog, and Christine Chen (not pictured)
PROJECT: A ‘smart’ Frisbee that measures angular velocity while it is being thrown and gives feedback to the user once it is caught. Uses an Arduino that signals to the user through RGB LEDs.
PRIZE: Amazon Echo
TEAM: Tim Ling, Shuang Feng, Jingxian Xu, and Tianyu Deng
PROJECT: Device changes the tempo of the music based on the heart rate of the runner.
PRIZE: Mechanical Keyboard
TEAM: Andrew Arifin, Sean Oh, Jonathan Hurwitz, and Robert Devlin
PROJECT: Spiro is a device designed to help people better manage anxiety. Using an elastic chestband to alert you to irregular breathing potentially, the paired app and smartwatch guides the user through a self-regulation breathing exercise. Using customizable colors and soft lighting, the device helps a user take a step back from their situation and just breathe.