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!

Event Schedule:

Saturday, Jan 25th

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
  • Luca Soldaini, Ph.D.
    Applied Scientist @ Amazon Alexa
  • Professor Carey Nachenberg
    Principal Software Engineer @ Google, formerly Chief Scientist @ Chronicle, Co-Inventor of Norton AntiVirus
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
  • Wilson Y. Lee
    Machine Learning Engineer @ The Trevor Project, UCLA alum
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! 


Submission Requirements

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!

Hackathon Sponsors


$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 (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 will receive a Google Home Mini.

Best React App (2)

Sponsored by Facebook - Prize details TBD!

Best STEM Education Hack (4)

AT&T Swag: Bose Speakers + Water Bottles w/ Charging Stations

Best Health Hack (4)

Microsoft Backpacks + Water bottles + Fitbits

Best Sustainability Hack (4)

13 oz Hydroflasks + Reusable Straws

Top 3 Overall Hacks (3)

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 (2)

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.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Joseph Cochran

Joseph Cochran
Activision Blizzard

Jasser Kafafi

Jasser Kafafi

Jaspreet Singh

Jaspreet Singh

Rishabh Aggarwal

Rishabh Aggarwal

Steven Agajanian

Steven Agajanian

Adam Reichow

Adam Reichow

Lauren Leung

Lauren Leung

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    Complexity/Ingenuity of the code behind your project
  • Design
    Good UI/UX, creative design elements
  • Completion
  • Learning
    Effort, technical growth within your team

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