Build your dreams.

Rimac Arena, UC San Diego
October 20-22, 2017

Thank you hackers!

Build your dreams.

October 20-22, 2017

Thank you hackers!


See the full schedule on the live site

Friday, October 20

  • Check In7pm
  • Dinner7pm
  • Opening Ceremony9pm
  • Hacking Begins10pm
  • Team Mixer10-10:30pm
  • Marines Innovation Challenge Info Session10:30-11:15pm
  • Qualcomm DragonBoard Workshop10:30-11:15pm
  • Virtual Reality and Gaming Workshop11:30pm-2:30am
  • Nodeschool Workshop11:30pm-1:30am

Saturday, October 21

  • iOS Workshop2-4am
  • Breakfast8:30am
  • SPAWAR Tech Talk11am-1pm
  • Lunch1pm
  • UI/UX Workshop2-2:45pm
  • Getting Into Game Development3-3:45pm
  • Dinner7:30pm

Sunday, October 22

  • Breakfast7am
  • Lunch10am
  • Hacking Ends10am
  • Demos and Judging11am-1pm
  • Closing Ceremony1-2pm

SD Hacks is About


We provide all hackers with expertise, hardware and software so they can build their dreams.


We’re all here as fellow mentors, 4am-ers, and friends.


We strive to make each SD Hacks a memorable learning experience for all.


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event, typically lasting multiple days, in which a large number of people meet to collaboratively build out their ideas using technology.

Who can attend?

Any college or high school students over 18 years of age from anywhere in the world are eligible. This includes graduate students, but be sure to understand any agreements you’ve made with your university with regards to research and IP. If you are enrolled at a UC campus but not yet 18, you are also eligible to participate.

When should I show up and when should I leave?

You should plan to arrive at the hackathon late Friday (Oct 20th) evening and to leave early Sunday (Oct 22nd) afternoon. A detailed schedule will be released closer to the event date.

What should I bring?

Bring your student ID, computer, any external peripherals you may need (chargers, monitors, etc.), any other hardware that you definitely plan on using, and an open mind. Also bring a change of clothes, a toothbrush, and any other toiletries you may need. You may also bring a sleeping bag if you plan to nap.

What if I don't have a team?

We will host a team formation event at the beginning of the hackathon so that no one has to hack alone (unless they want to). We allow teams of up to four hackers. If you do have a team, we will do our best to accept you all. Make sure ALL members apply and include all other members’ addresses in their applications.

How do I get there?

We will send buses to most - if not all - undergraduate UC campuses. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide any reimbursements to those traveling from outside of California.

Do I have to pay to get in?


How can I help?

Please email us at if you have a question not listed here or if you’re interested in helping out!

What do volunteers and mentors do?

General volunteers help out with logistics during the event such as check in, clean up, food distribution, and other tasks that make SD Hacks possible!
Mentors assist students with their projects when stuck. They'll be floating around the hacking space helping students with any questions they might have, especially technical questions in a domain the mentor is familiar with.

Are there any rules?

As a Major League Hacking member event, we are adopting Major League Hacking’s Code of Conduct which requires you to respect others and help us keep SD Hacks a safe space for everyone. If you want your project to be considered for an award, you may only submit work that your team wrote during the hackathon.

Do I have to pay for parking?

Yes, parking permits are $2 per hr on Friday evening up to 11pm. After 11pm on Friday, parking is free for the weekend. The closest parking to RIMAC Arena is the Hopkins Parking Structure.


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Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season