Largest hardware centric hackathon at UC San Diego
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?
$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
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
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
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.
Dr. Paul Siegel
Engineer, Staff / Qualcomm
Strategic Partnership / Lab41, an IQT Lab
Dr. Rakesh Kumar
Engineer, Texas Instruments
96Boards Community Manager & Engineer
Espartaco Diaz Hidalgo
Creativity and Originality
Is your project original? How creative is your solution?
How will your project make the world a better place? How impactful will it be in real world?
How well designed is the project? Is it user-friendly?
How closely related is your project to the theme?
Is the project technically challenging? How difficult and complex is it to build the project?