Turning dreams into reality.

SLO Hacks 2019 is a 500-student, 36-hour hackathon hosted at Cal Poly SLO. Over the course of the event, you'll meet new people, learn and develop your skills, and turn your next big idea into a reality!

Technical Tracks




Utilize interactive experiences to teach us something new, tell a captivating story, or just have a ton of fun.


AI + Machine


Train your computer to solve complex problems like cancer detection or homelessness with huge open-source datasets and large amounts of information.


IoT +


Interested in escaping the digital world? Explore the intersection of hardware and software to create the next piece of physical technology.

We Are SLO Hacks.

Founded in 2017, SLO Hacks is an entirely student-run organization. We host multiple hackathon events year-round and we pride ourselves on giving students the opportunity to bring ideas to life with collaboration, technology, and hacking!




Attendee Check-in

4:00 PM, Front Desk


5:30 PM, Front Desk

Intro to iOS

6:00 PM, UU 220

Opening Ceremony

7:30 PM, Chumash Auditorium

Hacking Begins

9:00 PM, Everywhere

Team Mixer

9:00 PM, UU 220

iTrade Challenge Workshop

10:00 PM, UU 220

Intro to Google Cloud Platform

11:00 PM, UU 220


Late Night Snack

12:00 AM, Front Desk


8:00 AM, Front Desk

F5 Networks Workshop

10:00 AM, UU 220

Machine Learning in iOS

11:00 AM, UU 220


12:00 PM, Front Desk

Western Digital Workshop

1:00 PM, UU 220

Therapy Dogs

1:30 PM, TBD

Smash Tournament

2:00 PM, UU 220

Art Workshop

4:00 PM, UU 220

Intro to User Experience

5:00 PM, UU 220


6:00 PM, Front Desk

Lean In Circle with WISH

7:00 PM, UU 220

Cup Stacking

9:00 PM, UU 220

Late Night Snack

11:00 PM, Front Desk



8:00 AM, Front Desk

Project Submissions Due

8:00 AM, Everywhere

Hacking Ends

9:00 AM, Everywhere

Creating The Perfect Pitch On Short Notice

9:00 AM, UU 220


9:30 AM, Chumash Auditorium


11:30 AM, Front Desk

Closing Ceremony

12:15 PM, Chumash Auditorium


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where students with common interests from all over the nation come together and collaborate on a project over a 36-hour period.

Who can come?

All college students (both graduate and undergraduate) are welcome! No prior experience is necessary.

What can I build?

If you can think it, you can build it. We encourage students to build technological projects, whether they be software or hardware.

What if I don't have a team or idea?

Not a problem. There will be time at the beginning of the hackathon to find other students who don't have a team yet!

What should I bring?

Bring your ID, computer, and sleeping bag (optional). All the necessary equipment for hardware projects will be provided. We'll also have a hardware lab with a variety of devices and parts.

How much does it cost?

Food and admission are absolutely FREE! Buses will be provided for students traveling within California.

Is there a code of conduct?

Please refer to the MLH code of conduct.

How will I get there?

We will be providing buses for Californian hackers, and case-by-case flight reimbursements for out-of-state hackers. Check your email upon acceptance for more details!

Still have questions?

Feel free to shoot us an email at [email protected] or contact us on Facebook.



F5 NetworksiTradeNetworkWestern Digital
ViasatGoDaddyMicro VuPlatinum Performance
Google Cloud PlatformSplunkGitHubHathway
CorsairWolfram LanguageSketchStickermule
Cal Poly Computer ScienceCal Poly Computer Engineering