Lighting the Way - LA Hacks 2020

Welcome to LA Hacks, Southern California's premier hackathon. We're one of the largest in the world and this March 27-29, we're welcoming hackers and innovators to create and collaborate at UCLA's virtual event.

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$12,464 in prizes

LA Hacks Grand Prize

1x Nintendo Switch Lite for each team member

LA Hacks 2nd Place

1x Drone for each team member

LA Hacks Third Place

1x Keurig for each team member

LA Hacks Best Entertainment Hack

1x Apple AirPods for each team member

LA Hacks Best Code Green Hack

1x GoPro for each team member

LA Hacks Best Under Construction Hack

1x Hoverboard for each team member

LA Hacks Best Quaranteam Hack

1x Projector for each team member

[Google Cloud] Best Hack Using Google Cloud

1st Place
1x of the prize backpack (for each team member), which includes:
Cloud Patagonia Backpack, Cloud Pillow, Acrylic Trophy, Cloud Water Bottle, and Google Nest Mini

2nd Place
1x Nest Minis for each team member

[Oracle Cloud Infrastructure] Best Hack Using OCI

$600 for the winning team

[Oracle Cloud Infrastructure] Best Hack Using An Autonomous Database

$200 for the winning team

[Oracle Cloud Infrastructure] Best Hack Using Machine Learning

$200 for the winning team

[Honey] Best Consumer Hack

1x $100 in Honey Gold for each team member

[PwC] Journey to the Future

Prize: 1x Apple Airpods for each team member

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. In an increasingly complex world, we believe that technology, when used responsibly, can be a force for good. We challenge you to join us in living out or purpose and hacking the future by developing a prototype that addresses one of these major societal challenges: Upskilling today’s workforce to give them the skills necessary to contribute in tomorrow’s digital economy Income and/or resource inequality Access to healthcare You are free to use whatever technologies you choose, but we encourage you to consider both the technical design AND user experience of your prototype. Submissions will be awarded based on how creatively they address one or more of the societal issues listed above, the experience and benefit they provide to target users, and the quality of the technical solution developed.

[Twilio] Best use of Twilio API

1x Quarantine Survival Pack (Jigsaw puzzle + Noise-cancelling Headphones) for each team member

[Facebook] Best Collaboration Hack

Prize: 1x Oculus Go Headset for each team member

In today’s world, we need new ways to collaborate now more than ever! We are looking for polish, creativity, technical difficulty, and effectiveness at helping people collaborate together in your hack. The winners of our challenge will be receiving Oculus Go Headsets. Good luck!

[Office Ally] Office Ally Challenges

Option 1: Patient Matching Challenge

Option 2: Google Deep Variant Challenge

1. Patient Matching Challenge

Office Ally is currently working on an algorithm which could match Patient data from various sources to identify whether it is the same patient. We would like hackers to come up with creative ways to tackle this challenge, and achieve as close to 100% accuracy as possible.

To be considered eligible for the prize, your solution must achieve at least 90% accuracy (which our sample SQL code does). Hardcoding will not be eligible.

2. Google Deepvariant Challenge

Google Deepvariant is an open source project which parses genomic data, and identifies "markers" (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms). In simple terms, these DNA markers help identify risk of certain diseases in patients. Office Ally would like to enlist hackers' help with setting up the DeepVariant, and then using the sample files provided on google's web page to run against a list of possible hypertension markers


1st place -$1600 VISA (or cash based) gift card, distributed amongst each team member
2nd place - $1200 VISA (or cash based) gift card, distributed amongst each team member
3rd place - $400 VISA (or cash based) gift card, distributed amongst each team member

[MLH] Best UiPath Automation Hack

Prize: 1x UiPath/MLH branded backpack

Build an automation hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a UiPath Branded Backpack.

[MLH] Best Domain Registered with

Prize: 1x Backpack for each team member provides all the domain services you need from registration to hosting to SSL certificates and beyond. Each hacker will receive a FREE domain name and year of domain privacy from for their project this weekend!

[MLH] Best use of MongoDB Atlas

Prize: 1x AirCharge Plus for each team member

Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud! Automate the provisioning and deployment process with ease, while focusing all your efforts on your hack. Projects built using MongoDB Atlas will be eligible to win an AirCharge Plus.


Teams must be of size 5 or less.

Teams comprised of 51% or more of walk-on hackers will only be considered for the Quaranteam track prizes and sponsor prizes. Teams comprised of majority originally accepted hackers are eligible for all prizes.

All attendees who are submitting projects must be enrolled in a university or similar program.


Submit your project before 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 29th! You may continue working until 11.

All submission must include a <2 minute demo video for judging purposes. Projects without a demo video cannot be judged.

After creating a Devpost submission, all teams must fill out the following form at in order to be considered for judging.


LA Hacks Team

LA Hacks Team



Google Cloud

Google Cloud

Office Ally

Office Ally



Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure





Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Inspire innovation in the next generation of students. Does it do something entirely novel, or at least take a fresh approach to an old problem? This category will be based solely on the idea.
  • Impact/Usefulness
    Impact lies in our hackathon’s roots. We look for hacks that have large social impact. Is the hack impactful? Does it fulfill a real need people have? This category will be based solely on the idea.
  • Feasibility/Practicality
    At LA Hacks, we look for new and original ideas, we want hackers to think outside the box, but we also want the ideas to be somewhat practical. Is this project feasible and practical in the next 3-5 years? This category will be based solely on the idea.
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult to develop? Is it a simple API mashup or is it a comprehensive effort that leverages advanced architecture, tough algorithms, and various libraries and languages?
  • Polish/Design
    Clean and seamless hacks are hard to come-by. Is the hack usable in its current state? Does everything appear to work as intended? Does it deliver a beautiful experience? Is it mostly bug-free?