StanHacks aims to create solutions to everyday problems found in our communities. We want to encourage programmers of all levels to build software that can solve those problems.


Must be a Student at a 2-year or 4-year University. This can be CSU Stan, UC Merced, MJC, Merced College, or any other college/junior college in California. (Out-of-state Colleges will be determined on a case-by-case basis)

All skill levels and majors are welcome


What you build with is your choice, as long as it solves an issue in a City, County, or the State of California. Out-of-state issues will only qualify if they may help California citizens. 

Submit all projects here on Devpost.

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$1,180 in prizes

Best in Show

Winning team will receive: Razer RGB Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Set, Sennheiser 506845 HD 280 PRO Over-Ear Headphones, Google Smart TV Kit, EVGA DG-77 Matte Black Mid-Tower (Gaming PC Case). 1 of each, so if a team wins they will need to divide the prizes amongst themselves.

This is for the best overall project.

Best Tech Domain (2)

For the winners of the tech domain category. To be eligible for this prize you must implement a .tech domain into your project.

Best Beginner Hack

4x Roku Express for the team with the best beginner hack. This can be anything from a simple mobile app to a website without a backend. Recommended for programmers with less than 2 years of experience.

Oportun's $500 Challenge

Build something awesome with Amazon Web Services!

Best Solo Hack

Best Solo Hack wins a Google Home Mini

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Registration is on our Stanhacks website. 



Dr. Megan Thomas

Dr. Megan Thomas
Associate Professor, CSU Stanislaus

Anthony Cantellano

Anthony Cantellano
Software Engineer, Chevron Corporation

James Sweeten

James Sweeten
Software Developer, Novo Technologies

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    This is the impact your project will have on the community it's supposed to help.
  • Design
    This is where we will determine how well designed the User Interface is.
  • Cost
    The more cost-effective, the better.

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