LA Hacks is the largest collegiate hackathon in Southern California, and this year, we're celebrating being bigger and better than ever.

After 3 years of remote events, LA Hacks is excited to celebrate its 11th anniversary back where it all started: Pauley Pavilion. Aptly, our theme is Welcome Home, as our team is excited to welcome 1,000 participants, mentors, volunteers, and sponsors back to LA Hacks.

Since its inception, LA Hacks has always been about community—the organizers, the sponsors, the hackers, the mentors, the volunteers, and all the people we hope to impact. And we plan on keeping it that way.  As students, we understand that juggling academic commitments, job searches, and extracurriculars is overwhelming enough as it is. From our karaoke nights to sessions with trailblazers in the tech industry, LA Hacks is a space for you to take a break from all of that. Find inspiration in the people you meet and the projects you create. Come join us April 21-23, 2023 for 36 hours of building cool things, meeting cool people, and making cool memories with friends, both new and old.  

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$28,700 in prizes

LA Hacks 2023 First Place

MSI Laptops (Katana GF76)

LA Hacks 2023 Second Place

Nintendo Switches

LA Hacks 2023 Third Place


Best Home Away From Home Hack

Underwater Cameras

Best Green House Hack

Solar Backpacks

Best Home Room Hack

Hand-held Coffee Makers

Best Operation Safe and Sound Hack


UCU Company Challenge

Co:here Company Challenge

1st Prize:
● $400 cash, per team member! (for a max of 4 team members)
● $4,000 in Cohere Credits for the winning team (to be shared amongst team)
2nd Place:
● $100 cash, per team member (for a max of 4 team members)
● $3,000 in Cohere credits (to be shared amongst team)
3rd Place:
● $2,000 in Cohere credits (to be shared amongst team)
4th Place:
● $1,000 in Cohere credits (to be shared amongst team)

Raffle Prizes

Best Domain Name from

Register a .Tech domain name using during the weekend for your chance to win a branded prize for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Best Use of Auth0

Auth0 wants your applications to be secure! Use any of the Auth0 APIs for a chance to win some exclusive swag, including an Auth0 branded Rocketbook and Rubik's Cube! Why spend hours building features like social sign-in, Multi-Factor Authentication, and passwordless log-in when you can enable them through Auth0 straight out of the box? Save some time on your hack and set yourself up for a big win. It doesn't take much to get started. Auth0 is free to try, no credit card required, with up to 7,000 free active users and unlimited log-ins. Make your new account today!

Best Use of MATLAB

MATLAB and Simulink are computational tools used at over 100,000 businesses, government and university sites in over 190 countries. Use MATLAB and/or Simulink exclusively or integrate them into another tool for your next hack to win an exclusive MathWorks branded Wireless YoYo Speaker! You can also claim a free MATLAB software license to get started.

Best Use of Microsoft Cloud for Your Community

Bring your idea to life using the Microsoft Cloud - automatically build and deploy a full stack web app from a code repository, create and train a Machine Learning model, develop business applications with little to no code using Power Platform, and more! View our recommended popular solutions in the Education Hub at
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Build your hackathon project with the Microsoft Cloud that tackles a social impact issue of your choice, and have a chance to win a LinkedIn Premium 12-Month subscription and an XBox Ultimate 3-Month Game Pass.

Best Use of Appwrite

Building a full-stack application can be time consuming, especially if you’re more of a frontend developer or lack experience with things like databases or authentication. At hackathons you want to make every minute count, which is why Appwrite is the missing ingredient to your recipe for a successful hack. With all the core backend functionalities you need already pre built and ready for customization, all you’ll need to do is make an API call to take advantage of an Appwrite database, media storage, user auth, and even custom compute functions. Use Appwrite in your hack this weekend for a chance to take home some Fitbits for you and your team.

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Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem? This category will be based solely on the idea.
  • Impact / Usefulness
    Impact lies in our hackathon’s roots. We look for hacks that have large social impact. Is the hack impactful? Does it fulfill a real need people have? This category will be based solely on the idea.
  • Feasibility / Practicality
    At LA Hacks, we look for new and original ideas, we want hackers to think outside the box, but we also want the ideas to be somewhat practical. Is this project feasible and practical in the next 3-5 years? This category will be based solely on the idea.
  • Technical Complexity
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult to develop? Is it a simple API mashup or is it a comprehensive effort that leverages advanced architecture, tough algorithms, and various libraries and languages?
  • Polish / Design
    Clean and seamless hacks are hard to come-by. Is the hack usable in its current state? Does everything appear to work as intended? Does it deliver a beautiful experience? Is it mostly bug-free?
  • Relation to Track
    How closely is the project related to the track that it is submitted to? Is the hack made directly for the track or is it just a loose fit?

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