HackACM is an educational and beginner-friendly event that fuses competition and meaningful learning.

We encourage coders of all abilities to participate.

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Eligibility

Individuals or teams may compete.

All teams must have no more than five people.

All UCSC students are welcome to participate.

How to enter

GETING STARTED

Here are some tips for getting started on your project

  • Join ACM's slack workspace and enter the #hackacm2018 channel here
  • Find team members by starting a thread (or joining one).
  • Remember that you only have 12 hours, pick a feasible project idea.
  • Make sure at least one team member knows how to submit your project to a remote github repo (if not you can ask any ACM officer for help).
    Here is a good starting point. The more important sections are "pushing changes," and "add and commit"

SUBMITTING

Submissions open at 9pm, an hour before coding ends.

You will submit your project on github. Learn how to use git here, and how to (easily) upload files to gitub here.

Ask an ACM officer for help if you need assistance with any of these steps (the earlier the better.)

Judges

Sarah Caplener

Sarah Caplener
Amazon Alexa

Pranav Salunke

Pranav Salunke
ACM at UCSC - Chair

Jared Penner

Jared Penner
ACM at UCSC - Treasurer

Jesse Chan

Jesse Chan
ACM at UCSC - Secretary

Kaio Barbosa

Kaio Barbosa
ACM at UCSC - Vice Chair

Nimesh Poudel

Nimesh Poudel
ACM at UCSC - Fundraising Chair

Sammy Franklin

Sammy Franklin
ACM at UCSC - Webmaster

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    We will look for any new and fun ideas introduced by your hack, as well as any imaginative solutions to a problem, or novel application of an old concept.
  • Completeness
    How complete is your hack? It's a 12 hour hack, so we're not expecting all projects to be complete, but given the constraints how far were you able to get? Even if incomplete, is the idea there?
  • Improvement
    We will be looking at whether your hack pushed you to learn something new, and how you and your team were able to adapt to the challenge.
  • Help a Slug Category
    This category appertains to any useful app, program, or utility that is useful for UCSC (or other) students. The most impactful hack that satisfies this category will be selected.
  • Beginner Category
    A $50 dollar Amazon gift card will be awarded to the best beginner team: a beginner team is any team where a majority of the team members are beginners.
  • Alexa Skills Category
    An echo dot is awarded to each winning team member that submits a project using the Echo Dots.