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Learn more about California's largest college hardware-focused hackathon!

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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!

2018 - HOME AUTOMATION

FIRST PLACE

ASL Recognition Platform

2018 first place

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.

SECOND PLACE

Less Stress Dress

2018 second place

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.

THIRD PLACE

Safe Stove

2018 third place

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.

2018 SPONSORS

2017 - SPORTS TECHNOLOGY

FIRST PLACE

Light-Up Frisbee

2017 first place

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.

SECOND PLACE

Rundora

2017second place

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.

THIRD PLACE

Spiro

2017 third place

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.

2017 SPONSORS