HackUCI is the largest collegiate hackathon in Orange County, and we continue expanding and improving our event every year. Our focus? – Enhance the community around us by giving students the platform to unleash their creativity in an environment of forward thinking individuals.

For HackUCI 2022, we plan to unite an even more diverse and talented group of developers to build the technology of tomorrow!

HackUCI 2022 will now be offered in a hybrid format, with the in-person option being available only to UCI Irvine students.


Submission must be linked with a git repository or .zip file of the project along with a video demo that emphasizes the three main judging criteria of technology, quality, and purpose. The following links to the rubric: Judging Rubric [Hacker's View]. Videos must be 5 minutes or less. 

Hackathon Sponsors


$6,385 in prizes

Best Overall Hack

Apple iPad Air (10.9 inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB)

Best Overall Hack [Runner Up]

Nanoleaf Hexagon Smarter Kit (7 Light Panels)

Best Use of Mage API for AI/ML (Mage)

$1,000 in cash (Venmo)

Best Use of Google Cloud (2)

1st place: Google Cloud branded backpack
2nd place: Google Cloud swag box

Best AI Hack (AI@UCI)

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

Social Good Hack

25oz LARQ Water Bottle PureVis™ (Self-Cleaning)

Best Meme/Joke Hack

Burrito Blanket and Among Us Plush

Best UI/UX

GAOMON 11.6 Inches Drawing Tablet

Best Product Pitch (MAISS)

$100 in Amazon Gift Cards

Best Beginner Hack

Apple AirTag

Note: Each team member must have attended no more than 1 prior hackathon to be eligible

Most Polished Game

$200 in Steam or Nintendo Gift Cards

Hacker's Choice

Camping Hammock

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


HackUCI Sponsors and Partners

HackUCI Sponsors and Partners
Misc. Companies and Organizations

ICS Faculty and Staff

ICS Faculty and Staff
University of California, Irvine

HackUCI Directors and Organizers

HackUCI Directors and Organizers
Hack at UCI

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    The hack is a full-bodied, seamless unison of technologies that utilizes a comprehensive full-stack without any major bugs that hinder the project.
  • Quality
    The hack is designed thoughtfully with regards to functionality and user experience, lessening the potential complexity of the system while allowing users of the project to fulfill its intended purpose.
  • Purpose
    The hack is a realistic solution to their chosen problem, and hackers are able to articulate and demonstrate how their solution can create a beneficial impact.

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