HackMerced is UC Merced’s second hackathon. A hackathon is a essentially a competition where you are given 36 hours to think, design, build, and present a cool app of your choice! At our the event as soon as you arrive you will be given the resources (food, hardware, swag, and mentorship) that you can take to produce an amazing hack.


Individuals over the age of 18 attending college or Students from the ages 14 - 18 who have signed a parental consent waiver.

Hackathon Sponsors


$7,250 in prizes

Best Overall

Top Prize, for the judge's favorite app. The team will receive (1) Makerbot 3D Desktop Replicator, (2) Microsoft XBox One Devkits, and (1) Raspberry Pi Model B

Second Place

Second Place will win (4) Microsoft XBox One Devkits!

Third Place

Third place will win (4) Raspberry Pi Model B!

Equipo Vision

The Equipo Vision Entrepreneurial Award is a $500 grant awarded to a team or individual for the continuation of their project who scores highest within the following three categories

1. Creativity
2. Technical Difficulty
3. Likelihood of success in the market


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS credit

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Domain.com Swag Bags

Designer Protein: "Do you even lift hack"

Team that best tackles a problem in the world of fitness, health, or easy of mobility will win (4) Tubs of Protein Powder

ForeverFPV: Drone Mastery

Build an app or project that can be used with Drones and win (4) Racing Drone Kits

AIAA: To the stars!

Build an app or project that best relates to aerospace or aviation and win (4) rocket assembly kits.

Arcane Lab: Most Creative Hack

The app with the most creativity will win a bunch of Dungeons and Dragons swag.

CFP Concepts: Commerce Hack

Use Woo Commerce's Rest API with Amazon Echo or a Facebook Bot to create a automated shopping platform, teams will win a Echo Dot, Raspberry PI Kit, 2 x Google Cardboard VR, Tetris Heat Change Mug & $150 Credit for Cloud Services

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

You must have been signed up to HackMerced by January 1, 2017. If you are a student of UC Merced, you may still apply up until the event.


Rufus the Bobcat

Rufus the Bobcat

Judging Criteria

  • How You Will Be Judged
    Your product will be judged based on 3 concepts: Technical difficulty/innovation, pitch, and aesthetic.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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