SD Hacks has been one of the largest hackathons in California since its inception back in 2015. We take pride in being a fully student organized event, while partnering with numerous other student-run engineering organizations at UC San Diego.


SD Hacks 2022 will provide the support and mentorship necessary to develop innovative software projects. With mentorship coming from a variety of engineering disciplines and companies, SD Hacks 2022 is shaping up to become an unforgettable 36 hours of collaboration, empowerment, and innovation. This year, SD Hacks will be from April 8 -10th.

Hackathon Sponsors


$5,094 in prizes

3D Printer (overall)

Official Creality Ender 3 3D Printer Fully Open Source with Resume Printing Function DIY 3D Printers Printing Size 220x220x250mm

Apple Watch Series 3 (health and well-being)

(Renewed) Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS, 38MM) - Gold Aluminum Case with Pink Sand Sport Band or Silver Aluminum Case with White Sport Band

Polaroid Camera + $25 Amazon gift cards (civic engagement)

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera + Fujifilm Instax Mini Film (40 Sheets) Bundle with Deals Number One Accessories Including Carrying Case, Color Filters, Kids Photo Album + More (Smokey White/Cobalt Blue/Flamingo Pink)

Fire Tablet (sustainability)

Fire HD 10 tablet, 10.1", 1080p Full HD, 32 GB, latest model (2021 release), Denim/Olive/Lavendar/Black

Beats Headphones + $25 Amazon gift cards (community)

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones - Apple W1 Headphone Chip, Class 1 Bluetooth, 40 Hours of Listening Time, Built-in Microphone - Black/Red/Rose Gold/ (Latest Model)

First Place ($1000) - MageAI challenge

Best use of MageAI API

Second Place ($500) - MageAI challenge

Project that is deemed the second best use of MageAI API

Third Place ($250) - MageAI challenge

Project that is deemed the third best use of MageAI API

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Paul Cao
Professor at UCSD

Divyam Rana

Ryan Wang

Ryan Wang

Prasan Singh

Tyler Holston

Rosey Bugayong

Judging Criteria

  • Relation to declared track
    Ability for judges to understand how the project relates to the track through the content and its application to the track in a clear, unique way.
  • Quality of presentation
    Ability for the judges to clearly understand (1) what the desired functionality is, and (2) see that the functionality is behaving as expected.
  • Functionality
    Does the product function as intended? Is it robust and easy to interact with?
  • Innovation of project
    Does the product introduce a new approach or perspective, technical, analytical, or visual?
  • Quality of design
    Is the product aesthetically pleasing? Does the design of the product elevate its message?

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