Los Angeles is the birthplace of the student hackathon movement in the West Coast and our team helped build the hackathon ecosystem that continues to drive the city forward. In celebration of LA Tech Week, we are bringing together 100 designers, data scientists, and engineers for a week-long hackathon to create meaningful solutions to the challenges Angelenos face.
Choose one of the three tracks and build meaning tech for Angelenos!
HELPING THE DISADVANTAGED
This track will solicit projects that engage foster youth, low-income communities, underrepresented business owners, & more.
EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY
This track will solicit projects that increase the personal and professional capacity of Angelenos, including financial literacy, & more.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
This track will solicit projects that solve the city's challenges with climate change, recycling, the blue economy, & more.
The full schedule below is tentative and subject to change.
Join us for a kickoff event that will feature a panel of hackers who built the hackathon ecosystem in Los Angeles. Hacking will begin after kickoff and teams will be able to work remotely.
Tuesday - Friday
You will have access to daily workshops hosted by our mentors. Topics will be announced soon!
Tuesday - Friday
You will be able to book office hours with technologists who work with the top technology companies that have offices in Los Angeles, including Google, Microsoft, SpaceX, TikTok, and Snap.
(12pm - 6pm)
Live Expo & Closing Ceremony
We will host an in-person "codechella finish-up" between 12pm and 3pm at BioscienceLA where you will be able to put the finishing touches on your projects and then engage with street vendors, creatives, and LA's top funders (including VCs, foundation grant officers, and government representatives). If you submit a hackathon project by the submission deadline, you will be invited to present at the live expo that begins at 3pm. Judges will choose the top ten teams to present at the closing ceremony where the winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded.
We've gathered hackathon judges who are subject-matter experts and are leading LA's technology revolution.
Krystle Ongjanco leads global marketing strategy at TikTok and has empowered nonprofits to raise million-dollar capital budgets through corporate social initiatives.
Andrei Lyskov is an elite hackathon hacker who has built a career as a data scientist through his work at Apple and now Coinbase.
i.am Angel Foundation & FYI
Lilly Kam is Senior Product Manager at FYI, Director of S.T.E.M. at i.am Angel Foundation, and cofounder of Hack for LA where she evangelized civic hackers.
Jason Alvarez-Cohen is CEO and chief engineer at Popl, a Y Combinator technology company that launched a digital business card platform.
Sean is a software engineer at Google and S.T.E.M. educator who launched the first Hacker Fund Mentor Chapter in Los Angeles.
Brandon Barney is co-founder and Director of Research at Primary Ocean, a public benefit corporation that reverses climate change through seaweed cultivation.
Lindsey Heisser is Program Manager of Global Philanthropies at Snap, Inc. and develops internal programming at the intersection of diverse talent, community, and education.
Dana Le, MHA is Head of Operations at KidsX, an international pediatrics accelerator and consortium for digital health startups and hospitals operated by Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Frederick Daso writes stories about recent graduates building companies as Senior Contributor at Forbes and helps startups tell their stories to the broader tech ecosystem as CEO of Founder to Founder.
Carolyn Jones is Program Director at Grid110, an LA-based early-stage accelerator where she breaks down barriers for underrepresented founders.
30 Miles North PR
Priscilla Vento is Founder of 30 Miles North PR, Board Member of Rock to Recovery, and was featured on Builtin LA's "The Women Who are Leading the Way in LA's Tech Boom".
Matt Hallinan is Partner at Cooley, LLP where he focuses on representing companies in venture capital financings, public offerings of securities, M&A, corporate governance matters and other general corporate matters.
Dave Whelan is CEO of BioscienceLA whose mission is to ensure LA has a collaborative ecosystem that encompasses biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical diagnostics, bioinformatics, healthcare IT, medtech, digital health, and more.
Eva Zheng is the cofounder of the largest collegiate hackathon of all time, Cal Hacks, and is a member of the Board of Directors at Hacker Fund where she continues to build the premier network of S.T.E.M. mentors the United States.
Taj Ahmad Eldridge is the cofounder of the $250 million fund of funds, Include Ventures, that invests at the intersection of alpha, inclusion, and sustainability.
Is the hackathon full?
We are doing our best to ensure everyone has a chance to hack.
What else should I know?
We are updating this FAQ as fast as possible. We have received overwhelming demand.
Who can I contact?
Email us at email@example.com.
Are you ready to hack?
You will receive an email confirmation with the link to the hackathon if and when your application is approved by our team.