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Biola Hacks is a two-day, overnight beginner friendly hackathon event! Whether you're a software programmer or designer all are welcome. Come together to collaborate and innovate with a team to solve problems and create something amazing.

The hackathon will be hosted on Biola University's Campus located in La Mirada (La County) in the business building. Bring yourself a computer and maybe even an idea. We look forward to having you for a fun weekend of learning, food, and problem-solving.

*Software hacks only! Please do not bring hardware.

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Participants: We welcome all college students of any major

Skills: This is a beginner friendly event but we encourage anyone who has had any programming, UI, or project management skills

How to enter

We would love to have you participate in Biola's First Hackathon. To apply please use the link below and register and fill out the application. If you have no prior hackathon experience no worries, this is a beginner friendly event.

Apply Here:

Once you have submitted your application, you will hear back from us as soon as we have processed your application and have made a decision.

Application Timeline:

Applications Open: April 25th, 2017

Applications Close: May 9th, 2017


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Judging Criteria

  • Read First:
    At the end of the competition, you will be prompted to set up your project at an assigned table. There you will present your 5-minute pitch to the judges. Remember to leave time for questions. Your team will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Originality
    Does your hack scream innovation? Is it more than a generic social / mobile / or local hack? Does it take a fresh approach to a new problem?
  • Impact / Usefulness
    Technology was meant to make an impact, not keep the world at a standstill. We look for hacks that have large social impact as well as general practicality. Is the hack practical? Is the hack impactful? Does it fulfill a real need people have?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult to develop? Is it a simple API mashup or is it a comprehensive effort that leverages advanced architecture, tough algorithms, and various libraries and languages?
  • Polish / Design
    Clean and seamless hacks are hard to come-by. Is the hack usable and functional in its current state? Does everything appear to work as intended? Does it deliver a beautiful experience? Is it mostly bug-free?