ZotHacks 2023 is Hack at UCI’s mini-hackathon geared towards beginners taking place on November 4-5th at Donald Bren Hall!

At this event, hackers will experience an introduction to hackathons and software development techniques applied to web-based projects. The event is free to attend. Technical workshops and prizes will be provided! Unfortunately, due to space constraints, ZotHacks is limited to ONLY UCI students who attend the event in-person.

Hacking begins Saturday morning at 10 AM and ends the same day at 10 PM. All submissions MUST be made here on Devpost.


Submission must be linked with a git repository or .zip file of the project.

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$276 in prizes

First Place

Instant Pot Duo Plus

Second Place

Wireless Gaming Keyboard

Third Place


Hacker's Choice

Duck Lamp

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


ZotHacks Organizers

ZotHacks Organizers
Hack @ UCI

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was thought put into the technologies — libraries, tools, etc. — used to build the project?
  • Quality
    Is the project a good piece of software? Is the code relatively efficient and organized in a way that makes it easy for others to understand?
  • Purpose
    Does the project try to solve a problem? Tackling a problem with a realistic solution is what gives meaning to a project. Submissions should clearly articulate the problem and demonstrate how their solution can create a beneficial impact.
  • Growth
    Did your team learn while making the project? ZotHacks is about learning something new and applying that knowledge to a practical project. Projects scoring high in Growth should be bold in their experimentation and usage of new tools.
  • Devpost
    How well have you presented your project on Devpost? The quality of your Devpost submission matters, reflecting the effort, detail, and clarity you put into showcasing your hack.
  • Presentation:
    Your presentation is a vital aspect of your project's evaluation. How effectively can you present your project, both verbally and visually? Each team member should contribute, and the presentation should engage the judges and audience.

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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