SF Hacks is a student-run organization and we host San Francisco’s largest collegiate hackathon! Our organization’s purpose is to plan and host a virtual hackathon for California’s most talented hackers, designers, and developers.

SF Hacks is meant to give students an environment for maximum innovation, collaboration, and education. Our goal is to make SF Hacks a community that represents divergence and to be an inclusive place that helps people fit in and feel safe. We aspire for our community to help people discover what innovative technology has to offer. Additionally, we hope to represent an ambitious inclusive community and empower them.


When submitting you must submit a 2-3 minute video along with a description of your project. This description should include what your project was, what you used to build it, and why you built it how you did. Also include your Team Name in submission.

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$5,350 in prizes


This prize goes to the best overall hack of the hackathon. All projects automatically qualify for this category (besides Beginner Hack projects)


This prize goes to the second best overall hack of the hackathon. All projects automatically qualify for this category (besides Beginner Hack projects)


This prize goes to the third best overall hack of the hackathon. All projects automatically qualify for this category (besides Beginner Hack projects)

Best Beginner Hack

This is a prize for the best beginner hack of the hackathon.

Individuals who submit to the Best Beginner Hack will be judged separately from the overall best hacks, and less intensely. If you submit to this category your hack will not qualify for the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prizes.

Best UI/UX

This prize goes to the hack with the best UI/UX.

Best Use of Google Cloud (2)

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Each winning team member located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, pillow, journal, socks and lanyards. International winners will receive a Google branded backpack.

Prize: Google Cloud Swag Bag or Backpack

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a PowerSquare Qi wireless phone charger.

Prize: PowerSquare Qi Wireless Phone Charger

Best Hardware Hack Sponsored by Digi-Key

Using your preferred hardware or hardware emulator, build a hack for your chance to win a Grove Beginner Kit, with embedded Arduino Uno compatible board. Each winning team member will receive a prize!

Prize: Grove Beginner Kit

Most Creative Use of GitHub

GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Best Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!

Prize: GitHub Octocat Statue, Plushy & Sticker bundle

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using web service APIs. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe your application needs to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any one of Twilio’s APIs for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box and GameGo Console for you and each of your teammates!

Prize: Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console

Best Use of Auth0

Auth0 wants your applications to be secure! Use any of the Auth0 APIs for a chance to win some exclusive swag, including a Miir 12oz tumbler, Rubik's Cube, and sticker! Why spend hours building features like social sign-in, Multi-Factor Authentication, and passwordless log-in when you can enable them through Auth0 straight out of the box? Save some time on your hack and set yourself up for a big win. It doesn’t take much to get started. Auth0 is free to try with up to 7,000 free active users and unlimited log-ins. Make your new account today!

Prize: Exclusive Auth0 Swag made for MLH Winners (Branded Tumbler, Rubik's Cube & Sticker)

Best Use of DeSo

DeSo is the official Web3 sponsor of the MLH Hackathon League and the first Layer 1 blockchain custom-built for decentralized social media applications. While blockchains like Avalanche or Solana cost $0.50+ to store just a 200-character post, the DeSo blockchain is built with custom indexing and storage optimizations which make it 10,000X cheaper to store social content on-chain! In order to qualify for the contest, you must launch an app that writes to the DeSo blockchain and/or implements DeSo identity. While social media apps are a great fit for DeSo, you can also build financial apps, marketplaces, and more on the DeSo blockchain. For inspiration on project ideas, you can check out some of the existing 200+ apps already live on DeSo at Bithunt.com as well as our DeSo APIs. The Best Use of DeSo gets $100 worth of $DESO coin & an exclusive DeSo branded tumbler!

Best CI/CD Application Using CircleCI

Have you ever wondered how professional developers from companies like Peloton & Samsung collaborate and ship code to production? For one, they use continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) platforms like CircleCI to help automate testing, versioning, deployment and so much more. Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill, practice coding, or hack with friends, CircleCI can help you to utilize the best development practices possible when approaching a new project, however big or small. Use CircleCI in your next hack for a chance to win some awesome CircleCI swag, including a branded mug, beanie, socks and stickers!

Best Use of Machine Learning (3)

Elemeno provides industry-leading MLOps that allow data science professionals to accelerate and automate their machine learning life-cycles. Participants in our contest will dive into Ethereum blockchain data and predict the transactions of whales! Whales in the NFT space are the movers and shakers of the market, organizations and individuals who determine prices by frequently buying and selling large amounts of NFTs. We’ll be exploring the top trending NFT smart-contracts. If your team is successful, they may be able to make oodles of money ($$$) by predicting when a large transaction will take place. All teams that participate in our contest will receive $50 in Elemeno MLOps Credits! Use the credits to deploy a model as a REST API or store your features in a feature store. Winning teams will receive up to $150 in OpenAI credits! Open AI is one of the top AI research labs in the world. They produced the largest machine learning models ever made including the well known GPT-3. With the credits you win, your team will have enough funds for a startup Minimum Viable Product! Winners will jump start their AI career by developing state of the art Open AI models and hosting them with the Elemeno platform as an API!
See https://www.kaggle.com/c/elemeno-sfhacks/overview/description and the elemeno channel on discord for competition details! Happy hacking!

Every participating team will receive:
$50 in Elemeno MLOps Credits

1st Place will receive:
$300 USD in Elemeno MLOps Credit
$150 USD in OpenAI Credits

2nd Place will receive:
$200 USD in Elemeno MLOps Credit
$100 USD in OpenAI Credits

3rd Place will receive:
$100 USD in Elemeno MLOps Credit
$50 USD in OpenAI Credits

Best use of AssemblyAI

Best Gaming Life Hack

Each winning team member receives:
- An Alloy FPS RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Viktor Vikhrov

Viktor Vikhrov
Lead Android Developer at Yandex

Vitalii Honcharuk

Vitalii Honcharuk
Principal Lead Software Engineer with .NET

Abdur Sikder

Abdur Sikder
Computer Science Lecturer at SFSU

Shahrukh Humayoun

Shahrukh Humayoun
Assistant Professor of Computer Science at SFSU

Xiaorong Zhang

Xiaorong Zhang
Associate Professor in Computer Engineering at SFSU

Jair Gonzalez

Jair Gonzalez
QA Developer

Jainam Shah

Jainam Shah
Software Engineer at Google

Arno Puder

Arno Puder
Department Chair of Computer Science at SFSU

Charu Sharma

Charu Sharma
Serial Entrepreneur and Startup Investor based in Silicon Valley

Judging Criteria

  • Functionality
    How functional did the hack look during the demo? How complete is the hack? Did the team give thought to product usability or design pitfalls?
  • Creativity
    Does this hack have a "wow" factor? How original was the idea?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Was this borderline-impossible, or plug-and-play? How challenging was it for the team to complete in the three day period?
  • Track Comparison
    Does this project fall under any our 4 tracks: Inclusivity, Mental Health, Sustainability, Machine Learning?

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