HackMerced is a 36-hour programming competition that brings together students from all over the US to collaborate program and compete for prizes as well as learn from workshops, group activities and mentorship.


Individuals over the age of 18 attending college or Students from the ages 14 - 18 who have signed a parental consent waiver.

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,290 in prizes

Best Video Game

Got a great idea for a game? We're giving out awesome prizes for the team that can come up with the best video game!
1. New Updated SADES Gaming Headset x4
2. Red & Wired Gaming USB Optical Mouse x4
3. Redragon K552 Kumara Backlit Mechanical Keyboards x4

Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm Device

Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c + power source

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essential Kit

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Best App

1. App Enabled - WowWee Robotic Enhanced Vehicles (R.E.V) (1 Drone & 1 Car) x 2

Best Beginner Hack

1. Logitech Gaming Pad x4
2. Raspberry Pi's x4

Best Design

Turcom TS-6610 Graphic Tablet (Drawing Tablet) x2

Most Creative

1. Google Cardboard x4
2. Minecraft Torch x4

Best in Show

Echo Dots (Black or White) x2

Most Technical/Best Hardware

Quadcopter with Camera Eachine H8C x3

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

You must have been signed up to HackMerced by September 22, 2017. If you are a student of UC Merced, you may still apply up until the event.


YangQuan Chen

YangQuan Chen

Min Hwan Lee

Min Hwan Lee

Keshav Dhandhania

Keshav Dhandhania
Compose Labs

Igor Dubinsky

Igor Dubinsky

Shawn Newsam

Shawn Newsam

Rene Lopez

Rene Lopez

Matthew Turner

Matthew Turner
Ph.D Student

Vidhur Vohra

Vidhur Vohra

Judging Criteria

  • How You Will Be Judged
    Your product will be judged based on 7 concepts: demo, design, complexity, viability, pitch, uniqueness, and utility.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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