Santa Cruz Tech Beat


CruzHacks kicks off January 19, 2018

By Tatum Whitehead
Student, Pacific Collegiate School
Special to Santa Cruz Tech Beat

December 12, 2017 — Santa Cruz, CA

CruzHacks, a hackathon run by UCSC students, is now an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This means contributions made to CruzHacks will now be tax-deductible.

What happens when you combine 700+ students, 200 pounds of pizza and enough energy drinks to fill a small car? You get CruzHacks, Santa Cruz county’s largest coding event of 2018.

The hackathon will start on January 19, 2018, in the Porter Dining Hall, but the coding begins at midnight on Saturday, January 20, and continues round the clock until 12pm on Sunday.The participants will brainstorm and construct an idea in small teams, with the goal being to highlight their skills as well as collaborate and network with fellow hackers. Ideas will be judged in multiple categories, and evaluated by a panel of local judges from the Santa Cruz area. Winners will be announced later that day and at 5:30 pm there will be an awards ceremony to congratulate those who won. Collapsing afterwards is optional.

Anyone, with or without coding experience, is welcome to participate and the event is free for those who wish to sign up. Last year there were almost 800 participants, and this year CruzHack’s goal is 700+ limited only by the building’s fire code. An assortment of free meals will also be provided for the participants with many opting to spend the night coding in the dining hall.

With the opportunity to forge new relationships, sleep on tabletops, expand technology skills and win some awesome prizes, who wouldn’t want to sign up for this hackathon?

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