HackPoly '16 is Cal Poly Pomona's 3rd annual software/hardware hackathon.

Visit http://hackpoly.com/ for more info.
Teams of up to 4 will team up and in an epic 24 hours to build and market an epic hack.
What is a hack? It's creating something that doesn't exist yet, something that will improve the lives of the individuals that use it.

Solar powered automatic dog feeder? Do it. Phone app to control your television? Sounds Awesome. Website for CPP students to trade books? I'm looking forward to it.

See you at hackpoly.


  • Must be at least 18 years old by February 6, 2016
  • Must have a valid .edu address and not have graduated 6 months prior
  • Teams are limited to four people

Hackathon Sponsors


$8,850 in prizes

1st Place

4x Dell Venue 10 5000 Android Tablet provided by MLH.
4x Sqaure Water Bottles.

Instantly become a top 10 finalist in the Bronco Startup Challenge to compete for total prize money of $10,000*!
*One team member must be a current Cal Poly Pomona student and correct paperwork must be completed.

2nd Place

4x Square Water Bottles.
Slicky Boards.
Priority for Bronco Startup Challenge Applications.

3rd Place

4x Square Water Bottles
Slicky Boards.
Priority for Bronco Startup Challenge Applications.

Best use of the Ticketmaster API

Free tickets to an event on ticketmaster and an invitation to Ticketmaster HQ!


Best use of EA API

Choice of upcoming EA games and assorted Swag!

Best use of Clarifai API

DSLR Cameras and Limited Edition Clarifai Skateboard

Best use of Esri API

4x Virtual Reality headsets
Samsung Gear VR and Merge VR Headsets

Best use of Algorithmia API

Cloudbit starter kit

Go on https://algorithmia.com and click Promo Code!

Use the promocode: "hackpoly" to get 50,000 credits to use for their API!

MLH - Best use of Amazon AWS

1TB Dell Hard Drive

MLH - Punniest Domain.com Domain.

4 Domain.com Swag bags with Sparkfun Redboard

Best use of the Giphy API Prize

Limited Edition Giphy Swag Bag!

Hitachi Consulting - Best use of Internet of Things Hack

Amazon Gift Cards

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Tom Soderstrom

Tom Soderstrom
IT Chief Technology Officer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Eric Perez

Eric Perez
Senior Software Engineer at Jib Jab Studios

Winny Dong

Winny Dong
Director at McNair Scholars Program at Cal Poly Pomona

Jim Hero

Jim Hero
Software Engineer at Google (CPP Alum)

Judging Criteria

  • Hack Factor
    This is very difficult to describe, but you'll know it when you see it. The closest description would be a project that makes you feel like you are living in the future.
  • Technical Complexity
    How difficult was the project to implement technically in the time frame? Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical given its target audience? Is it something that the user base would actually use? Does it fulfill a need people have?
  • Presentation
    Did the participant(s) sell the product well? Was the idea clearly defined and the pitch convincing?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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