QWER Hacks is UCLA’s first LGBTQIA hackathon (allies welcome!), happening January 25-26, 2020 in Ackerman Grand Ballroom! For 24 hours, around 250 amazing student hackers (that’s you!!) will work together to create fantastic and innovative products that will help underrepresented groups in STEM.
Through technical and diversity & inclusion workshops, development of new products, and empowering talks from queer individuals in tech, QWER Hacks aims to celebrate and increase the visibility of the queer community in STEM, as well as engage and bring together queer individuals and allies.Hackers of all levels (and all identities) are welcome! We will be holding workshops throughout the entire hack to help hackers learn about artificial intelligence, web development, edtech, and more!
Anyone is welcome to attend, including allies!
Saturday, Jan 25th
|EVENT||START TIME||END TIME|
|Check-in||Jan 25 11:00 AM||Jan 25 1:00 PM|
|* QWER Hacks opening presentation||Jan 25 1:00 PM||Jan 25 1:30 PM|
|* Introductory keynote speeches
||Jan 25 1:30 PM||Jan 25 3:00 PM|
|Hacking begins||Jan 25 3:00 PM||--|
|Mentoring begins||Jan 25 3:00 PM||--|
|First Hackathon Tips and Team Formation||Jan 25th 3:00PM||Jan 25th 3:45PM|
|Google Cloud Tech Talk Breakout Session||Jan 25th 4:00PM||Jan 25th 4:50PM|
|Intro to Front-End Web Development: React & Firebase||Jan 25th 5:00PM||Jan 25th 6:30PM|
|Dealing with Imposter Syndrome||Jan 25th 5:30PM||Jan 25th 6:15PM|
|Introduction to Deep Learning||Jan 25th 7:00PM||Jan 25th 7:50PM|
|Hacking for Social Impact, EdTech Edition||Jan 25th 7:30PM||Jan 25th 7:55PM|
|How Diversity Improves Products||Jan 25th 8:00PM||Jan 25th 8:50PM|
LGBTQIA Sexual Health
Please attend this workshops to be considered for the "Best Health Hack" category!
|Jan 26th 10:00AM||Jan 26th 10:50AM|
|A Retrospective on Queer People in Tech||Jan 26th 11:00AM||Jan 26th 11:45AM|
|How to be a good ally (in STEM)||Jan 26th 12:00PM||Jan 26th 12:30PM|
Sunday, Jan 26th
|Dinner||Jan 25 6:00 PM||Jan 25 8:00 PM|
|Breakfast||Jan 26 8:00 AM||Jan 26 10:00 AM|
|Lunch||Jan 26 12:00 PM||Jan 26 2:00 PM|
|Devpost submissions due||Jan 26 2:00 PM||--|
|Hacking ends||Jan 26 3:00 PM||--|
|* Judging and exposition||Jan 26 3:30 PM||Jan 26 5:00 PM|
|* Closing keynote speech + Q&A
||Jan 26 5:00 PM||Jan 26 5:45 PM|
|* Awards ceremony||Jan 26 5:45 PM||Jan 26 6:30 PM|
|Closing remarks||Jan 26 6:30 PM||Jan 26 6:45 PM|
Anyone who is ...
a) above 18
b) attending our hackathon
c) enrolled in a postsecondary academic institution
can submit their projects to Devpost!
It's completely fine to submit an incomplete project - you'll have time to make final touches to your project before demoing at 3:30PM. We ask that you submit on Devpost for your projects to be considered for prize categories.
Make sure that you give credit to anyone who contributed to your project and that you've followed the MLH code of conduct.
Code of Conduct TL;DR: Be respectful. Harassment and abuse are never tolerated. If you are in a situation that makes you uncomfortable at an MLH Member Event, if the event itself is creating an unsafe or inappropriate environment, or if interacting with a MLH representative or event organizer makes you uncomfortable, please report it using the procedures included in this document.
One submission per team please!
$1,750 in prizes
Best Mental Health Hack
$200 donated to the Trevor Project in your name(s) + Microsoft Backpacks
Best use of Google Cloud
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 will receive a Google Home Mini.
Best React App
Sponsored by Facebook - Prize details TBD!
Best STEM Education Hack
AT&T Swag: Bose Speakers + Water Bottles w/ Charging Stations
Best Health Hack
Microsoft Backpacks + Water bottles + Fitbits
Best Sustainability Hack
13 oz Hydroflasks + Reusable Straws
Top 3 Overall Hacks
1. Noise-cancelling Headphones
2. Echo Dots
3. Wireless Charging Pads
Best UIPath Automation Hack
Build or add automation to your hack using UiPath! Each winning team member will receive a Limited Edition UiPath Branded Backpack and an opportunity to interview for a UiPath Internship in 2020 with high recommendation!
Best Domain Registered with Domain.com
Register a domain using Domain.com during the weekend. Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. Each winning team member will receive a Domain.com branded backpack.
Best use of MongoDB Atlas
Create a hack using MongoDB Atlas to host a database in the cloud! Automate the provisioning and deployment process with ease, while focusing all your efforts on your hack. Projects built using MongoDB Atlas will be eligible to win an AirCharge Plus per team member.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Complexity/Ingenuity of the code behind your project
Good UI/UX, creative design elements
Effort, technical growth within your team