Coding in the context of community
With a new slate of leaders at the helm, UCSC’s student organized CruzHacks aims to bring together 500 hackers of all backgrounds for a weekend of innovation. The non-profit hackathon hopes to create an environment in which high school and college students can work collaboratively to harness their talents and make their visions for social change a reality. While most hackathons cater to a narrowly focused tech community, CruzHacks endeavors to create engagement and value for the Santa Cruz as a whole.
What’s new at CruzHacks 2019?
This year’s event will take place in a new venue from January 18th-20th 2019, at 5pm in the Stevenson Event Center. The new location will allow the event to start earlier than in years past, allowing more time for participants as the hackathon hopes to act as an immersive, weekend long experience for all those involved. Part of this experience will reside in the plethora of workshops which will be held during the event. The technical workshops will cater to all levels, addressing topics ranging from basic web development and cloud frameworks to machine learning and blockchain programming. In addition, CruzHacks will also offer several non-technical workshops to allow hackers to take a break when they desire. From dog petting and yoga to video game stations and stargazing there will be recreational options for a wide variety of interests. Regardless of whichever specific activity appeals to any one person, CruzHacks promises to be enthralling weekend for hackers, audience members, and the community at large.
Hackers, mentors, and judges apply now!
Applications are officially open for all positions and can be found at cruzhacks.com. The hacker application requires a student to fill out personal information as well as a questionnaire to gage if their values align with the hackathon’s mission. Creating a hackathon for all requires everyone involved to be committed to a vision of inclusion.
Faculty members are highly encouraged to apply as mentors and judges. The participation of faculty members is greatly desired in order to further engage the UCSC community as well as offer hackers access to a vast reserve of expertise and teaching ability. However, these mentor and judge positions are not limited to faculty members. Those with the knowledge and passion for helping others in a hackathon setting are always needed.
Act fast because applications will close on December 20th, 2018!