SD Hacks is a hackathon that will transform the tech landscape of the San Diego area.

From October 2-4, hackers from all over the world will come together for a 36 hour sprint to build, design, and develop the best and brightest ideas.

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  • Individuals must be over 18 years of age.
  • Teams can be comprised of up to 4 members.
  • Hacks must be created completely during SD Hacks by registered participants.


To be considered, hacks must be completely created during SD Hacks, and teams will need to present their hacks at the expo at the end of the hackathon.


Ryan Hill

Ryan Hill

Steve Hart

Steve Hart

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Vinay Sathe

Aaron Liao

Aaron Liao

Judging Criteria

  • Complexity
    How difficult was it to produce the hack?
  • Functionality
    Does the hack serve a useful purpose? Will the hack be useful for its target audience?
  • Innovation
    Does the hack bring a fresh new idea to the hacking community? Is the hack unique and groundbreaking?
  • Design
    Is the hack intuitive to use and does it function well?
  • Awesomeness
    Does this hack just make you say "Wow!"?