H.A.R.D. Hack is a 24-hour hardware based hackathon hosted by IEEE and HKN at UC San Diego. Our annual hackathon challenges college students to collaborate in a fast paced environment to solve real-world issues that our society currently faces.

Theme of this year: Public Utilities

Over the years, there have been numerous inventions, big and small, that have made a significant impact on quality of life. We want you to think of a specific challenge or problem that people face in their everyday lives and develop a solution to that problem. How will your project benefit society?


A valid submission is a software or hardware project created from start to finish at H.A.R.D. Hack 2019.

Up to 5 members per team. 


Once you have completed your project, please submit descriptions and images of your project. Remember to include names of all your team members, up to 5.

Hackathon Sponsors


$3,545 in prizes

H.A.R.D. Hack 2019 Grand Prize

$100 Amazon Gift Card for each team member

H.A.R.D. Hack 2019 Runner Up

$60 Amazon Gift Card for each team member

TI's Winning Team - Best use of TI's Robot Kit

5 x JBL Bluetooth Speakers

TI's Second Place

5 x Ergonomic Backpacks

TI's Third Place

5 x USB Power Bank Carabiners

Qualcomm's Winning Team - Best use of Dragonboard

Dragonboard 410c and power supply for each team member

Linaro's Honorable Mentions - Best use of open source tools

Tinggly Code

Lab 41's Winning team - Best application for audio machine learning (Creativity, Novelty and Performance)

- $100 visa gift card per person on team up to 5.
- Guaranteed interviews for everyone on the team for Lab41 Summer Internship Openings.

Lab 41's Runner Up Team

$50 visa gift card per person on the team

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Dr. Paul Siegel

Dr. Paul Siegel
Professor, UCSD

Rajan Mistry

Rajan Mistry
Engineer, Staff / Qualcomm

Vishal Sandesara

Vishal Sandesara
Strategic Partnership / Lab41, an IQT Lab

Dr. Rakesh Kumar

Dr. Rakesh Kumar
Professor, UCSD

Hector Arroyo

Hector Arroyo
Engineer, Texas Instruments

Robert Wolff

Robert Wolff
96Boards Community Manager & Engineer

Espartaco Diaz Hidalgo

Espartaco Diaz Hidalgo

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity and Originality
    Is your project original? How creative is your solution?
  • Impact
    How will your project make the world a better place? How impactful will it be in real world?
  • Design
    How well designed is the project? Is it user-friendly?
  • Theme
    How closely related is your project to the theme?
  • Technical Intricacy
    Is the project technically challenging? How difficult and complex is it to build the project?

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