Make something people want

A hackathon is where you turn your crazy ideas into real stuff. A startup is a where you apply your ideas to solve a problem with a particular end-user in mind. Startup UCSD is therefore the time to hack away at a particular problem, coming up with a solution in the form of a product or service that people would actually want. It is the time to dust off old ideas, to add the finishing touches to current projects, or your opportunity to create something completely new. We don't have a theme. We are open to any good ideas. 




5pm Doors Open

6pm Opening Remarks and Dinner

7pm Time to Work!

9pm Deadline to submit your team proposal 

10pm Deadline to register for pitch practice 



1:30pm Deadline to sumbit projects

2pm On-Floor Demos 

4pm Keynote Speaker - Jay Gilberg

5pm Finalist Presentation on stage 

6pm Winners are announced and Closing Remarks


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Hackathon Sponsors


$18,000 in prizes

Top Prize (3)

Dedicated workspace at the Qualcomm Institute with access to the prototyping lab, meeting rooms, and mentorship (provided by the von Liebig Center)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Startup UCSD is open to all majors! As long as you're prepared to learn, brainstorm, and work on cool things, we welcome you to join. 

You must be a UCSD student of some sort

You must not be graduating until at least June 2017


You can build whatever your heart desires, whether its a web app, mobile app, hardware, or an open source tool. A working prototype is not necassary to win yet highly encouraged.


Martin Arreola

Martin Arreola

Jay Gilberg

Jay Gilberg
NSF I-Corps Program Coordinator at UCSD

Jay Kunin

Jay Kunin
Managing Director, Research Translation Group , Applied Innovation

Harinath Garudadri

Harinath Garudadri
Associate Research Scientist at the Qualcomm Institute

Dennis Abremski

Dennis Abremski

Lucy Gilberg

Lucy Gilberg
Director, Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Global Sourcing

John Zhu

John Zhu
Qualcomm Institute

Judging Criteria

  • Projects will be judged on creativity, usefulness, and the quality of the team.