#makewaves at sbhacks.com!

Excited for a weekend of networking with the coolest people and mentors, competing for incredible prizes, and coding solutions for the real world? UCSB's 6th annual hackathon is ready for you all... Mark your calendars for January 10th-12th! Students of all backgrounds and skill sets welcome :)

Get PUMPED AF because this means:

  • A 36-hour adrenaline rush from problem-solving, coding, and collaborating
  • Hands-on experience using company tech and hardware not accessible elsewhere
  • Getting mentored by industry professionals from companies like Google
  • Developing your skill set from workshops
  • Starting off the new year with a mini beach getaway
  • FREE food, snacks, and drinks all weekend (just one less adult responsibility to worry about)
  • Did we mention you'll be coding in paradise?

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,360 in prizes

Grand Prize

Prize: iPads (7th gen) for each team member

Runner-Up Prize

Prize: Bose Mini Soundlink IIs for each team member

Best Entertainment Hack

Prize: Oculus Gos for each team member

[Invoca] Best Web Application

Prize: $50 Amazon gift card and an interview with Invoca for a summer internship for each team member

[Amazon] Best Alexa Skill

Prize: Amazon Echo Show 5s + a tour of Amazon's new Santa Barbara State Street office for each team member

[Google Cloud Platform] Best Use of GCP (2)

Use any Google Cloud product in your project!

First Place Prize: Google Home Mini, Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, and Cloud Water Bottle for each team member. Runner up: Google Home Mini

[Firebase] Best Use of Firebase

Firebase is a suite of tools that allow you to build your applications bigger, better, faster, stronger and quicker. When you're hacking, you don't want to be worried about spinning up servers and choosing a database technology; just use Firebase.

Prize: Stadia Premiere Edition Bundles for each member

Best Domain Registered with Domain.com

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from Domain.com for their project this weekend! The winning team will receive Domain.com Backpacks.

Best use of MongoDB Atlas

Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud! Automate the provisioning and deployment process with ease, while focusing all your efforts on your hack. Projects built using MongoDB Atlas will be eligible to win an AirCharge Plus.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Brian McKinnon

Brian McKinnon
Director of Engineering at LogMeIn

Lucas Png

Lucas Png
Software Engineer At Firebase

Ziad Matni

Ziad Matni
UCSB Faculty Lecturerer

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
  • Impact
  • Creativity
  • Execution

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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