Cal Hacks 1.0

A recap.

Alex Kern
Alex Kern
Oct 8, 2014 · 2 min read

What a weekend.

50 schools. A venue unlike any other. Blazing fast WiFi. Late night waffles. Hardware on hardware on hardware. Drones, EEGs, 3D printers, and virtual reality. Hacking inside with a panorama of the Bay. Hacking outside on the grass in the beautiful California weather. We hope you had an amazing time building your projects alongside your fellow hackers.

Cal Hacks was the first major collegiate hackathon in the Bay Area. It was without a doubt the largest hackathon ever held, clocking in at 1,493 registered hackers (and probably a bunch more who slipped through the cracks). Over 300 mentors, sponsors, and special guests were in attendance over the course of the weekend. 200 teams submitted hacks ranging from mind-controlled drones to automated bartenders.

Thank you to each and every one of the volunteers, university employees, corporate sponsors, and advisors who helped to make Cal Hacks a reality. It wouldn’t have been possible without you.

Thank you to our organizing team of Cal Hacks directors. You are all the most driven and talented people I know. All those late night meetings were worth it: what was a mere idea just sixth months ago became the experience of a lifetime. You absolutely killed it.

And of course, thank you hackers.

You built the most incredible projects we’ve ever seen. Don’t ever let the prizes define you. Whether or not you were selected for an award, know that you built something. And that’s what really counts. Own it.

The Bay Area is a very special place to be. See you at Cal Hacks 2.0.

Cal Hacks

Posts about UC Berkeley’s collegiate hackathon.

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