A WEEKEND OF INNOVATION AND INSPIRATION

CruzHacks is the largest hackathon in Santa Cruz. Each year, we invite hundreds of students to develop solutions to real-world problems, pursue inclusion in tech, and kindle the spirit of innovation. Last year, we brought together 450 students from over 180 schools and 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.

Requirements

A project submission must have three components to be eligible for judging:

  • 2-minute demo video;
  • a link to the project's code repositoryand
  • write-up on the project page.

The judging process is asynchronous, and these parts of your submission are what judges will use to evaluate your project. Please see CruzHacks 2022's official rules for more information.

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Prizes

$36,550 in prizes

Health Hacks

This category aspires to address healthcare disparities.
How do we support mental & physical well-being with accessible services?

Prize:
- (1) Oculus Quest 2 Advanced All-in-One VR Headset (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|Alpha Pro (per team member)

Education Hacks

This category aims to address disparities within the educational system.
How can we improve the educational system and make it more accessible?

Prize:
- (1) Airpods Pro (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|Alpha Pro (per team member)

Justice Hacks

This category aims to drive innovation for civil liberty and social justice.
How can we uphold truth & order in a (mis)information age?

Prize:
- (1) Snaptain SP510 2.7K Foldable Drone (per team member)
- (1) Google Nest Mini (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|Alpha Pro (per team member)

Best Golden State Hack

Create something that best embodies the spirit of California!

Prize:
- (1) Pizza Party at Woodstock's Pizza (CA residents only)
- (1) Google Nest Hub (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|Alpha Pro (per team member)

Best UI/UX

Have a new paradigm for interaction design? Create a project that has an awesome user experience!

Prize:
- (1) Blue Yeti USB Microphone (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|Alpha Pro (per team member)

Best Beginner

Hackathons are meant for everyone, especially our first-timers! We've created a prize category to reward teams composed of all first-time hackers.

Requirements:
- Teams must be made of all first-time hackers.

Prize:
- (1) Amazon Echo (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|Alpha Pro (per team member)

MLH – Best Use of Google Cloud (2)

Google Cloud is looking for the best use of Google Cloud in a hack.

Requirements:
- Use one or more Google Cloud products in your hackathon project (Firebase and Maps API count)

Prize:
- First Prize: Google Cloud branded backpack
- Second Prize: Google Cloud credits and Google Cloud Skills Boost access

MLH – Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with embedded Arduino Uno compatible board. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

Prize:
- (1) Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino (per team member)

MLH – Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!

Prize:
- (1) Twilio Swag Box (per team member)
- (1) GameGo Console (per team member)

MLH – Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi wireless phone charger.

Prize:
- (1) PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger (per team member)

Best High School Project – Sponsor – Santa Cruz Works (2)

Santa Cruz Works is looking for the best hack project by a high school team.

Requirements:
- Team must be made of all current high school students
- Must be in the United States

Projects will be judged on:
- Completeness
- Collaboration
- Fit within CruzHacks 2022 categories

Prize:
- (1) $1000 Amazon gift card (split evenly amongst team members)

Sponsor – Digital NEST (3)

Design a hack, tool, database, or project to help youth find internships, apprenticeship, and bootcamps. Youth must be able to find opportunities that would provide an on-job learning experience that matches their career interests.
Up to 2 teams may win this prize.

Requirements:
- Must be in the United States

Projects will be judged on:
- Problem definition and analysis
- Solution design and innovation
- Idea viability
- Implementation of solution
- Effectiveness of solutions

Prize:
(1) Singsation Portable Karaoke Machine (per team member)

Sponsor – UCSC Genomics Institute (2)

Could your project be used to help unravel the secrets of life or improve human health? Two teams who create projects that use health data, bioinformatics, or genomics will be chosen for a prize!

Prize:
- (1) Woodstock's Pizza Gift Card (per team member)

Sponsor – Earth Hacks

Design and create an environmental education project that either improves upon the current available resources or proposes new ones.
Remember to take into account factors important for anything environmental-based, specifically based on the environmental problem you are looking at. Your project can be novel, an improvement on something that already exists, factually based, and ultimately implementable.

Prize:
- (1) Gift card to the Earthhero.com shop (per team member)

Sponsor – CROSS

Open source software is everywhere; according to a recent report by RedHat, 90% of IT leaders use open source software. Productively engaging in open source projects and ecosystems is a valuable way for students to refine skills needed for their future careers. Open source also allows students to leverage existing code to create innovative solutions to complex problems.

The Center for Research in Open Source Software (CROSS) is sponsoring a challenge that asks students to build a hack that leverages two open source projects in the most innovative and impactful way.

Requirements:
- Hacking teams need to utilize at least two established open source projects as part of their effort. (Special consideration for teams with various experience levels or backgrounds represented).

Prize:
- (1) Amazon gift card (per team member)

Sponsor – QB3 @ UCSC (3)

QB3 Prize for Harnessing Big Data for the Improvement of Health Care

Using AI, machine learning, data analytics, bioinformatics, or another approach, develop a program, platform or system that harnesses data to enhance healthcare at the patient, healthcare provider, or society level. Teams may use synthetic health data such as that from Synthea, gretel, nihpo or another source in developing their projects, and should aim to produce a tool that can be built upon and expanded in the future. Three prizes will be awarded.

Requirements:
- At least one hacker must be a UCSC student

Prize:
- First Prize: $2000
- Second Prize: $1000
- Third Prize: $500

Secret Prize #1 – Wildest Idea

Prize:
- (1) Anker Bluetooth Speaker (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|Alpha Pro (per team member)

Secret Prize #2 – Most Useful

Prize:
- (1) Anker Wireless Charger (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|One Personal Edition (per team member)
- (1) 1 year of Wolfram|Alpha Pro (per team member)

Secret Prize #3 – Most Ambitious

Prize:
- (1) Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker (per team member)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Dmitrii Khizbullin

Aviv Elor

Anatolii Kabanov

Sahil Rahman

Sahil Rahman

Gleb Shaltaev

Gleb Shaltaev

Christian	Johnson

Christian Johnson

Amit	Saxena

Amit Saxena

Glenn Dunki-Jacobs

Glenn Dunki-Jacobs

Sagar Sujith Somepalli

Ali Ragimov

Ali Ragimov

Tsvetan Tsvetanov

Tsvetan Tsvetanov

Keith Gudger

Keith Gudger

Anton Yarkov

Anton Yarkov

Sergei Dzeboev

Dhruv Matani

Dhruv Matani

Artem Gogin

Krish Munot

Krish Munot

Ethan Wilde

Ethan Wilde

Yerlan Akzhanov

Yerlan Akzhanov

Avinash Upadhyaya

Pranjal Bhardwaj

Vajid Kagdi

Vajid Kagdi

Doug Erickson

Doug Erickson

Ian McHenry

Ian McHenry

Oleksandr Stepanov

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis

Aditya Kothari

Aditya Kothari

Timofey Krestyanov

Shubham Nigam

Leon Pham

Leon Pham

Jay Shah

Wayne Fenton

Wayne Fenton

David Apgar

David Apgar

Alkis Pananakakis

Alkis Pananakakis

Vicky Feliren

Vicky Feliren

Damon O'Hanlon

Damon O'Hanlon

Navid Gougol

Navid Gougol

Eric Mockler

Swaroop Oggu

Tony Ma

Tony Ma

Sonali Malik

Judging Criteria

  • CruzHacks-provided prizes will be judged on:
  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, how beautiful is the CSS or graphics? For a hardware project, how good is the human-computer interaction (is it easy to use / use a cool interface?)?
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves and try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before? (If a team that always does VR projects decides to switch up and try doing a mobile app instead, that exploration should be rewarded.)
  • Sponsor prize criteria may vary. See each sponsor prize for info.

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