What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an event where students create tech projects in a collaborative environment. Students begin with an idea and work towards a complete project over the course of 24-72 hours.
When are applications due?
If you're outside of California, applications are due Friday, September 20. If you're in California, but not a Berkeley student, your apps are due Friday, September 27. And if you're a Cal student, you have another extra week, until Friday, October 4.
Can I attend without being a hacker?
Yes! We'd love for you to apply to be a volunteer or mentor; we could not make this event happen without our amazing volunteers & mentors.
What if I don't have any coding or hacking experience
Cal Hacks is the perfect place to learn! We believe that some of the next great ideas will come from the fresh and diverse minds of individuals who innovate new solutions to hidden problems — we’re inviting you to come create with us. CubStart is a pre-hackathon
beginning hacker program to help hackathons be less intimidating and more accessible for everyone! We provide a mentorship program for team building, ideation, basic hackathon skills, and technical workshops to encourage those
with little or no CS experience to try out hackathons and coding!
This program includes pre-hackathon workshops to help you gear up and learn all the skills you’ll need to build something you’re proud of as well as continuous individualized mentorship throughout the hackathon.
How do teams work?
Teams can be up to 4 people large. To apply as part of a team, the application will allow you to generate a team code. Make sure everyone applying as part of your team submits this team code in their application. If you don’t have a team prior to Cal Hacks, don’t worry because we’ll host team matching sessions! You may also compete solo but that will be soo much less fun.