24-hour, 200-student collegiate hackathon in San Luis Obispo

SLO Hacks is a 200-student, 24-hour hackathon hosted at Cal Poly SLO on February 3-4. Get ready for the largest hackathon in central California and a weekend full of building and learning! 

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College students, or high schoolers over the age of 18. 

How to enter

If you have been accepted to the hackathon, you have been sent an Eventbrite invite, with a follow up logistical email. 


Jay Freeman

Jay Freeman
Founder of Cydia

Kyle Wiens

Kyle Wiens
CEO of iFixit

Jon York

Jon York
Director of Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dan Weeks

Dan Weeks
Chairman of the Cal Poly CSSE Industrial Advisory Board

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is the hack more than just another generic social/mobile/local app? Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Polish
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?