• Hack on the Hill (HOTH X) is a 12 hour, beginner-friendly hackathon designed to give beginners a glimpse into what a real hackathon would be and feel like.

  • During HOTH, you can:

    • learn from workshops

    • receive technical help from mentors

    • win amazing prizes!

  • Whether you’re a hackathon veteran or you’ve never been to a hackathon before, Hack on the Hill is the best way to get involved with UCLA’s hacker community and get a feel for what it would be like to attend a real hackathon.

    For our prize tracks, full workshop schedule, and more, visit our website!


To submit a project, you must include

  • video no longer than 3 minutes that presents your project . We recommend including:
    • An overview of what your project is

    • How your project relates to the theme

    • What you used to make your project

    • A demo/preview of your actual project

    • Any especially noteworthy features

  • response to the Project Overview

  • link to your code, preferably a Github repo

  • After the project overview, in "Additional Info" you will be asked to select which prize track you’d like to submit your project. You may only choose one of the following:

    • Best Web

    • Best Mobile
    • Best Game
    • Best in Intersectional Environmentalism (Common Experience theme)


  • Anything you submit must be built solely during the hacking period of HOTH.

  • Submissions must be from teams of 1 to 4 individuals, all of whom were accepted to the event, have registered on Devpost, and are not workshop instructors, mentors, or organizers.

Hackathon Sponsors


$750 in prizes

Best Overall

Best Web

Best Mobile

Best Game

Best in Intersectional Environmentalism

Best Beginner

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Christina Tong

Katelyn Yu

Maggie Li

Nareh Agazaryan

Nathan Zhang

Alex Xia

Satyen Subramaniam

Asha Kar

Jonathan Si

Jonathan Si

Thomas McGall

Brooke Jiang

Einar Balan

James Wu

Jakob Reinwald

Anan Wang

Abigail Tran

Jody Lin

Eugene Lo

Eugene Lo

Miles Wu

Miles Wu

Judging Criteria

  • Idea
    A project without an idea is just code. While there’s no one way to define a “good” idea, we’ll be on the lookout for creativity and/or the potential to expand further.
  • Adherence to Theme
    HOTH X’s theme is “Intersections”. Create something that shows how different aspects of our lives affect one another, based on the prize tracks!
  • Demo
    You worked hard on your project, now it’s time to show it to the judges and convince them that it’s the best! We’re looking for concise demos that give us a clear understanding of the project and its journey during HOTH.
  • Technical Complexity
    Although your project was completed within a short span of 12 hours, ​​we hope you were able to progress your coding abilities and try something new. You never know what you might achieve with a different approach and/or different tools!
  • Functionality
    Considering HOTH X is only 12 hours, perfection is unrealistic. However, try your best to get your project to a state where it has 50% or more of its intended functionality and is ready to show off to others!

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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