By Sarah Ali
Special to Santa Cruz Tech Beat

January 25, 2018 — Santa Cruz, CA

(Photo above: Students gather at Porter/Kresge Dining Hall at UCSC for a weekend of hacking and innovation at CruzHacks 2018. Credit: Stephen Louis Marino.)

At the end of the weekend, attendees left exhausted but proud of their achievements.

In its 5th year, CruzHacks continued an ongoing tradition of success as one of the largest hackathons in California. Since rebranding from Hack UCSC, CruzHacks has distinguished itself as an entirely student-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit, and collegiate hackathon, one that reaffirms its commitment to diversity and innovation year after year. This year, hacking took place at Porter College January 19-21, 2018, and the weekend-long event drew over 500 attendees.

At opening ceremony, the room was abuzz with chatter and energy, and attendees sat with rapt attention as the opening speakers Toby Corey and Jeremy Britton inspired them with tips to foster a lifetime of entrepreneurship and prioritizing innovation in their projects. Representatives from Major League Hacking, the official student hacking league, then took the stage to motivate attendees not only to code products of social value, but to enjoy the process as they did. At midnight, hacking officially began; students could be seen rushing to tables and couches throughout the building to start bringing their ideas to life. Some participants came with teams formed in advance, but countless others found teammates at the event.


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