CruzHacks brings together a diverse and inclusive group of students and professionals to develop innovative solutions to solve real world challenges.

A WEEKEND OF INNOVATION AND IMPACT

CruzHacks brings together a diverse and inclusive group of students and professionals to develop innovative solutions to solve real world challenges. Last year brought together 700 students from over 25 universities. Our goals to support creativity in technology and promote the development of technological solutions in social good are at the forefront of our efforts every year.

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Prizes

$23,015 in prizes

Tech Cares - Earth Hacks (3)

Description: in partnership with EarthHacks from the University of Virginia, a non-profit org like CruzHacks, this category is dedicated to supporting engineers interested in sustainability and earth conservation efforts/technologies
1st Place: 32 inch Fire TV ($143) x4 per team
2nd Place: Polaroid Camera + photo paper ($103) x4 per team
3rd Place: Anker Powercore portable charger + JBL Bluetooth speaker ($73) x4 per team

Tech Cares - Health Hacks (3)

Description: apps, websites, and projects dedicated to expanding healthcare access to everyone through a variety of means. We also emphasize that this category isn’t strictly about physical health because mental is just as important!
1st Place: 32 inch Fire TV ($143) x4 per team
2nd Place: Polaroid Camera + photo paper ($103) x4 per team
3rd Place: Anker Powercore portable charger + JBL Bluetooth speaker ($73) x4 per team

Tech Cares - Justice Hacks (3)

Description: this category hopes to support and shine a light on projects related to civil liberties and social justice. To truly make a space more diverse and accessible to all folks there must also be an emphasis on truly advocating for communities that are historically marginalized and oppressed.
1st Place: 32 inch Fire TV ($143) x4 per team
2nd Place: Polaroid Camera + photo paper ($103) x4 per team
3rd Place: Anker Powercore portable charger + JBL Bluetooth speaker ($73) x4 per team

Best Beginner Hack

Hackathons are meant for everyone, especially our for first-time hackers! To that end, we've created a prize category for teams with all first-time hackers. Only requirement: Everyone in your group is a first-time hacker
Prize: 3D Printer + 2 filaments ($330) x1 per team

Spanner - Best Hardware Hack

Spanner is offering to the winning team (Product Design/Hardware category) a $1,000 prize in the form of Strategic Consulting hours to help them develop their idea.

The winning team shall come up with a concept answering the following criteria:
- Helping to solve a problem related to sustainability, environmental impact, social justice.
- Original, Innovative, ingenuous, sustainable
- User-friendly
- Available to as many people as possible

Amazon - Best Use of Amazon Alexa (4)

Criteria: How far did you get in publishing the skill? Complexity of the skill? Execution? (Does it work)
Prize: 4 Amazon Echo Dots per team ($200)

Poly - Free Gaming Headsets (100)

productOps - Best UX (3)

1st: $300 cash, dinner, and talk on software tech in business consulting
2nd: dinner + talk

Google - Best Use of Google Cloud (2)

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud.

1st: Google Nest Mini $50, Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, and Cloud Water Bottle every team member
2nd Place: Google Nest Mini’s $250 every team member

Microsoft - Best Use of Azure Challenge (3)

Description: Our mission at Microsoft is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Teams must use Microsoft Azure to empower their hackathon project

1st place: Surface Go ($400 one per team) + Backpacks
2nd place: X-Box One ($300 one per team) + Backpacks

UCSC Arts Division - Most Creative Hack (2)

Description: Artists are natural entrepreneurs. They are creative. They are disruptors. They take initiative. They implement enduring change. They bring others along. They make something new and put it out in the world, over and over again. The entrepreneurial mindset positions the artist as a key contributor to addressing today’s most pressing issues. The vision, creativity and problem-solving abilities artists possess are invaluable assets for solving the countless problems we face as a society and for advancing a culture of innovation.
Judging Criteria:
Does the project attempt to solve a problem facing society (large or small scale)?
How creative and entrepreneurial is the project?
Does the project inspire creativity in others?”
1st and 2nd: Plantronics RIG 800LX Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset $150 x4 per team

Notivize - Best Use of Notivize

Description: Notivize makes it easy for product teams to create and optimize app notifications without maintaining complex code. Just define your rules using our notification creator, connect sources of data, and paste the generated code snippet into your app’s source code.
Judging Criteria:
In order to be eligible for the Notivize Prize teams must make use of the Notivize platform in a core use case for a valid CruzHacks 2020 hackathon entry / demo:
Sign up for a free Notivize account on www.notivize.com (we support Gmail auth).
Create at least one notification rule using the Notivize creator. This can be any notification sent via email or SMS based on an event that happens when your hackathon entry is run. (eg. app reminder email, important event in app triggers an SMS, etc.)
Integrate the code generated by Notivize in your hackathon app / code.
Successfully demonstrate the sending of a notification by your app via Notivize.
Prize:
A $500 cash-equivalent prize.
Winning team members will each receive $500 in credits that can be used towards an upgraded Notivize account or Notivize messaging credits. The prize credits will expire on January 20, 2021.

Santa Cruz Works - Best Tech Cares Project (2)

The winning project will addresses issues such as global warming, social injustice, and inequality. Bonus if it is specific to Santa Cruz, issues such as affordable housing, homelessness, water, sea level rise, and transportation.

MLH - Best Domain Registered Through Domain.com

Domain.com provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond.
Prize: Domain.com backpack

MLH - Best UIPath Automation Hack

Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a Limited Edition UiPath Branded Backpack!

MLH - Best Use of MongoDB

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 per team member.

MLH - Most Creative Radar.io Hack

Build the most creative hack using Radar's SDKs and APIs for geofencing, location search, and geocoding. Some ideas for location-aware projects include a delivery tracker, campus building locator, and a Find my Friends clone. Winning team members will be eligible to win a Tile Sticker Smart Tracker and a chance to be featured by Radar.

Devpost Achievements

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Eligibility

All participants in CruzHacks 2020 must be aged 13 years or older. Any participant who is under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission to participate in CruzHacks 2020, and they and their parent or legal guardian must sign the accompanying ParentalRelease and Consent Form.

Participants are encouraged to work in teams of up to 5 on a maximum of one project. Registration for CruzHacks 2020 constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions (and any amendments to them) which are final and binding in all respects. All individuals and teams that apply to CruzHacks 2020 must be accepted by the organizers in order to be eligible to participate.

The Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any participant and/or team from CruzHacks 2020 if, in their sole discretion, the participant and/or team has not complied with these terms and conditions, has tampered with the operation of CruzHacks 2020, or has engaged in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to the Organizers, CruzHacks 2020, or any other participant and/or team. This determination is at the sole discretion of the Organizers.

Judges

Luc d'Hauthuille

Luc d'Hauthuille
Fullpower Technologies

Sabih Khan

Sabih Khan
Sourceability

Gleen Dunki-Jacobs

Gleen Dunki-Jacobs

Aviv Elor
ASSIST Labs, UCSC

Pete Biggam

Pete Biggam
Multiple as Advisor

Keith Gudger

Keith Gudger
Self Employed

Bryan Zimmer

Bryan Zimmer
Humu

Izzy Miller

Izzy Miller
Looker

Jeffrey Priebe

Jeffrey Priebe
Brighflow AI

Crystal Finch

Crystal Finch
productOps

John Hawklyn

John Hawklyn
Santa Cruz County Public Works

Tsvetan Tsetanov

Tsvetan Tsetanov
Mantle 3D Inc.

Ahmed Bekhit

Ahmed Bekhit
Magic Studio

Larry Cady

Larry Cady
IFI CLAIMS Patent Services/Digital Science

Peter Newton

Peter Newton
Poly

Ned Hogan

Ned Hogan
MacCruzIn Enterprise, Inc.

Emmanuel Leroy

Emmanuel Leroy
Oracle

Frank Piva

Frank Piva
productOps

Rahul Saxena

Rahul Saxena
Intel Corps

Nicolas Vautier

Nicolas Vautier
Ionic Security

Damien Golbin

Damien Golbin
Spanner Product Development

John Kaster

John Kaster
Looker Data Sciences, Inc.

Alan Crarer
Spanner Product Development

Alan Peevers

Alan Peevers
Adobe

Emma McLaren

Emma McLaren
Myrth

Jeanne Boudreau

Jeanne Boudreau

Judging Criteria

  • Tech Cares - Earth Hacks
    Hacks will be judged based on how your solution tackles an environmental issue of your team's choice, the practicality of the solution, whether it is a worthy investment.
  • Tech Cares - Health Hacks
    Hacks will be judged based on how your solution tackles a healthcare issue of your team's choice, the practicality of the solution, whether it is a worthy investment, and feasibility among various factors involved
  • Tech Cares - Justice Hacks
    Hacks will be judged based on how your solution tackles a civil liberty and/or social justice issue of your team's choice, the practicality of the solution, whether it is a worthy investment, and feasibility among various factors involved
  • Sponsor-Amazon
    Creating Amazon Alexa Skills. How far did you get in publishing the skill? What's the complexity of the skill? Execution?
  • MLH - Google
    Best use of Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
  • Sponsor - Microsoft
    Use Microsoft tools and data from past security breaches to build and present a solution for the future. Judging includes: reasoning for type of breach chosen, understanding key data findings, technical complexity
  • Sponsor - productOps
    We will judge on best UX design
  • Sponsor - UCSC Arts
    Creative Entrepreneurship in the Arts. Does the project attempt to solve a problem facing society (large or small scale)? How creative and entrepreneurial is the project? Does the project inspire creativity in others?