Hack on the Hill (HOTH) is a 12-hour, beginner-friendly hackathon designed to give beginners a glimpse into what a real hackathon would be and feel like. During HOTH, there are workshops, mentors, and amazing prizes for the best hacks. Whether you’re a hackathon veteran or you’ve never been to a hackathon before, Hack on the Hill is the best way to get involved with UCLA’s hacker community and get a feel for what it would be like to attend a real hackathon.


  • Participants: Must be a current UCLA student.
  • Team Size: 1-4 people.

Hackathon Sponsors


$764 in prizes

1st Place Overall

Google Home Mini

2nd Place Overall

OontZ Angle 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

3rd Place Overall

Dell KM117 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

Best Hardware Hack

Amazon Echo Dot (Refurbished)

Best Web Hack

AUKEY Table Lamp, Touch Sensor Bedside Lamp + Dimmable Warm White Light & Color Changing RGB

Best Mobile Hack

Anker PowerCore 10000

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Liz Harrison

Liz Harrison
Product Manager, Hulu

Mihir Mathur

Mihir Mathur
President, UCLA ACM

Yvonne Chen

Yvonne Chen
President, UCLA ACM Hack

Dmitri Brereton

Dmitri Brereton
President Emeritus, UCLA ACM Hack

Shannon Phu

Shannon Phu
Board Member, UCLA ACM Hack / Director, Hackschool Fall 2017

Breanna Nery

Breanna Nery
Board Member, UCLA ACM Hack

Ankur Papneja

Ankur Papneja
Director of Operations, UCLA ACM

Howard Wang

Howard Wang
Member, UCLA ACM Dev

Judging Criteria

  • Improvement
    Did your team start from the bottom, now the whole team here? Jokes aside, we'll be evaluating your project based on your current skills (never coded in your life) to where you are now at the end of this hackathon.
  • Technical Difficulty
  • Creativity of the Hack
  • Pitch to the Judges
    How well did you sell your project to the judges? This is all about your enthusiasm and how well you can explain the project you built.
  • Marketability
    Is the app complete and ready for use? Or partially complete, but the idea is still there?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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