SLO Hacks Lite is a 24 hour introductory hackathon hosted by SLO Hacks. Our event is open to all majors and all skill levels, for those of you who have never coded before to veteran hackers, this is for you!

Over the course of the event, you'll learn why hackathons are gaining traction with people of all majors, build something awesome, and come out with a new skill or two. We also have tons of networking and resume building opportunities here as well.

Don't know what a hackathon is? It's a 12-36 hour event where entrepreneurs, developers, and designers like you come together to build anything you want - mobile games, website designs, fintech startups - you name it.

Hackathons aren't just for advanced coders. Everyone has the opportunity to learn and build their craziest ideas. We at SLO Hacks are hosting a 24-hour, 200-student event to prepare you for our 36-hour, 300-student Spring event, in addition to all the other hackathons in the world!

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We're reachable through email at

We're excited to have a blast with you!


Click HERE to register for SLO Hacks Lite!


None of our events would be possible without our dedicated student and professor mentors. If you have any technical skills such as UI/UX Design, Web Development, Hardware, Graphic Design, or Data Science, we’re looking for individuals like you! Sign up to be a mentor HERE.



Schedule of events:

January 23rd

8:30 am: Attendee Check-In

9:00 am: Opening ceremony

9:30 am: Hacking Starts / Team Formation Mixer

10:30 - 11:30 am: Intro to GitHub Workshop

12:00 pm (Asynchronus event): Bob Ross MS Paint Event

1:30 - 2:30 pm: Build a Twitter Bot using the Twitter API Workshop

3:00 pm: Chess Tournament

January 24th

9:00 am: Hacking ends. Devpost submissions due

9:30 - 10:30 am: Demoing

11:30 am: Closing Ceremony




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  • You must be a Cal Poly student to attend SLO Hacks Lite - we will require you sign up on EventBrite with your email to prove you are a student.
  • First come, first serve policy. Spots fill up fast so sign up ASAP.


  • All teams must submit a 3-minute video link to Devpost by 9:00am on 01/24/2021.

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,300 in prizes

1st Place Hack

Nintendo Switch Lite for each member of the winning team.

2nd Place Hack

Echo Show 5 for each member of the winning team.

Best Beginner Hack

$35 Amazon Gift Card for each member of the winning team.

In order to opt-in, you must have at least 50% beginner hackers in your team.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Sara Ford

Sara Ford

Foaad Khosmood
Associate Professor, Cal Poly Computer Science

Mike McCool

Mike McCool
Engineering Advisor and Consultant, Former SWE at Google


Senior SWE at Nest

Judging Criteria

  • Development - 35 Points
    How well does it work? How technically complex is it?
  • Design - 35 points
    Is the solution you've designed creative and intuitive?
  • Originality - 15 points
    Is this an unique and original project? Is this drastically different from general hackathon?
  • Pitch - 15 points
    Was your presentation clear?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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