1. The West Coast, Best Coast hackathon is back. April 3-5, 2015 in Pauley Pavilion at UCLA.


LA Hacks focuses primarily on undergraduate and graduate students but accepts high school students and recent grads (1-2 years out) on a case-by-case basis. Dropouts who would otherwise currently be in college are cool too.

Hackathon Sponsors


$13,100 in prizes

Grand Prize

The first team gets $5000 as the prize sponsored by Snapchat

Second Place

The team will get a budget of $2000 to order absolutely anything they want from anywhere!

Third Place

The team will get a budget of $2000 to order absolutely anything they want from anywhere!

Best Design Hack

The hack with the best overall design, meaning a beautiful UI and a flowing intuitive UX will win the prize for "Best Design Hack!"

Best Civic Hack

The hack which takes the society we live in, into consideration and comes up with something which makes our community a better place to live in will win the prize for “Best Civic Hack!"

Best Music Hack

Music is a unique way to express ourselves. The hack which best uses the element of music in a unique way will win the prize for “Best Music Hack!"

Best Hardware Hack

To be announced!

Moxtra API Prize

Moxtra will be awarding $1000 to the Winning team of Moxtra's API/SDK Best Collaboration Hack.
Moxtra is a mobile collaboration platform that offers free API/SDKs that allow you, in just ten lines of code, to embed group chat, file sharing, voice and visual annotations, Conference Calling, and/or Screen-Sharing from any device, mobile or web-based. https://developer.moxtra.com/docs/

Microsoft Prize (2)

Grand Prize: 4 x Surface Pro 3
Runner Up: 4 x Nokia 1520

Qualify for the Microsoft hack by building on one or all of the following:
·Cloud (Windows Azure): IaaS, PaaS, Storage, Machine Learning
·Windows App: 8.1, Universal, Phone
·SDK/APIs: OneNote, OneDrive, Bing, Kinect, Office 365

Most Thoughtful Use of the Nest API

1 Nest Thermostat, Nest Protect, or Dropcam Pro to every member in the winning team

Best IBM Bluemix Hack

WICED™ Sense Development Kits to each member

Want to build a browser-based chat app that requires little to no system resources? We have Node.js. Is your boss asking you to scale to billions of requests a day? Do it with Mongo DB. Does Nanna want you to build an app to track daytime soap story lines? You're going to need some message queuing. Bluemix is a single-solution environment that lets you develop, test and deploy just about anything you want to make, like those million-dollar ideas you've been hiding from the world. Start, evolve, and finish your project in glory, start learning now with http://ibm.biz/LearnBluemix.Open your free Bluemix account at https://ibm.biz/bluemixla

Most innovative use of DIRECTV API

50” Samsung 4K UHDTV

Best use of Linode services

Raspberry Pi 2 for each team member

Best use of Context.io API

$400 Hacker's Choice Prize

Best SmartThings hack

4 SmartThings kits

Best use of Wolfram Technologies

An award letter provides a 1 year access to the Wolfram Programming Cloud for top 3 teams.

Best use of Respoke API

1 Tessel+ 1 Module per team member

Best Pebble Hack

4 Pebble Steels

Best use of Bloomberg API

Parrot drones for each team member for best use of our API

Best KPCB Fellows Challenge Hack

The KPCB Fellows Challenge is a set of open innovation challenges that aim to get hackers to hack for good. Build for good on one of the KPCB fellows challenges and winners get $1k and a finalist spot in the 2016 Fellows application cycle. The challenges can be found at http://kpcbfellows.com/challenges.

Best Use of Intel Technology (using Intel Edison and/or Intel XDK and/or Intel Mashery API Network)

Prize: up to (3) Beats Studio Headphones
More info at:
http://developer.mashery.com/apis, https://software.intel.com/en-us/html5/xdk-iot, http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/do-it-yourself/maker.html

Best use of HeyWatch API

The HeyWatch API enables from uploading and simply encoding from one video format to another one, to generating multiple output files for several platforms (mobile, web, …) and generating exclusive thumbnails such as storyboard or animated GIFs. So sky’s the limit :) http://www.heywatchencoding.com/docs/. The winner will get $500 cash!

Best IOS APP sponsored by Kander

Kander will be sponsoring $400 in Visa gift cards to the best iOS app!

Best use of Mashape API

4 of Holy Stone Mini RC Drone with 720p HD Camera 6-Axis Gyro 2.4 GHz and 4 of Arduino UNO R3 board with DIP ATmega328P

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

All submissions must be made before 11am on Sunday!!! You will be allowed to hack till 12pm but challenge post submissions must be made by 11am Sunday or your submission will not be valid! Please make sure of this.




Judging Criteria

  • Hacks will be judged on 3 criteria!
    How unique was the idea behind the hack? How technically challenging is the hack? How good was the implementation?

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