HackSC is the premier hackathon hosted at the University of Southern California. We aim to empower hackers to learn and explore new technologies through hands-on development and experience.

Hack SChools

Want to dive into a foreign technology? Our Hack SChools will help you hit the ground running. We will have Hack SChools for participants interested in game development, iOS, Android, web development, and hardware. Participants will learn the basics of a technology of their choice and then build their own idea based around that technology. Mentors will be available along the way to help participants turn their idea into reality.

Apply to Hack SChools here. Please note that participation will be limited so mentors can dedicate the appropriate amount of time to all participants.


Want to try developing on new platforms? We’ve got you covered. HackSC will be providing a number of development kits for hackers to use during the event. Hackathons are a great place to diversify your talents, and what better way by diving straight into something new?


Prizes will be given out to the teams that present the best hacks in various categories. Instead of cash prizes, we will be giving out tech prizes that will help our participants develop bigger and better hacks in the future.

Have questions or want to sponsor us? Email

How To Get Here

From LAX

By Shuttle $15-$20
20-45 min

By Uber/Lyft $25-$40
20-45 min

Take a free hotel shuttle to any hotel in the surrounding area. Then call an Uber or Lyft using your mobile device. This will cost anywhere between $25-$40 depending upon traffic.

By Metro $10.75
1.5 hours

Take the LAX to Union Station FlyAway bus for $8 to Union Station. Take the Metro ($1 for TAP Card and $1.75 for fare) Purple Line toward Wilshire / Western Station. Get off at 7th Street / Metro Center Station. Take the Metro Expo Line toward Culver City Station. Get off at Jefferson / USC Station.

By Bus

We will be sending busses with a limited number of seats to a select number of universities in Southern and Nothern California. Confirmed bus locations include Berkeley, San Francisco Downtown, Palo Alto Caltrain Station, UCR, Pomona, UCSD, UC Irvine, and UCLA. If you plan to take the bus from any of these locations please contact your university HackSC representative.


USC is accessible from most major highways. Click here for directions. Try to park in Parking Structure X (PSX). If PSX is full, please try Parking Structure A (PSA).Please purchase the $20 weekend pass and mention HackSC to the attendant. Present your parking receipt upon check-in or you will not be reimbursed.

Arrival At USC

Please plan to arrive at the USC E-Quad at 6pm for check-in. Use this campus map for parking and getting to HackSC once at USC. Email us at if you have any questions.

Keynote Speaker

Pamela Fox

Pamela Fox loves to learn, teach, create, and every combination of those. During the day, she creates the programming curriculum for Khan Academy, to teach the next generation of programmers. On the side, she teaches web development classes for the GirlDevelopIt San Francisco chapter. Before that, she was a frontend engineer at Coursera, a developer advocate at Google, and a graduate from USC's Computer Science Department (Go Trojans!).


Start End Description Location
6:00 PM 8:00 PM Check-In Engineering Quad
6:00 PM 8:00 PM Opening social alongside dinner Engineering Quad
8:00 PM 10:00 PM Opening Talk Engineering Quad
10:00 PM 1:00 AM Hacking Begins
Development kit distribution, team building sessions
10:30 PM 12:00 AM Team Building Session ASC G26
10:50 PM Hardware Hack SChool West Lobby
10:50 PM Microsoft Cloud Hack SChool ASC 207
10:50 PM iOS Hack SChool ASC 240
10:50 PM Games (Unity) Hack SChool ASC 326
10:50 PM Games (Unreal) Hack SChool ASC 225
10:50 PM Android Hack SChool ASC 231
10:50 PM Web Development Hack SChool ASC 228
1:00 AM 1:30 AM Late Night Snack Distribution ASC
8:30 AM 9:30 AM Breakfast Distribution Outside PED
9:30 AM 10:00 AM Raytheon Tech Talk ASC G26
10:30 AM 11:00 AM OculusVR Tech Talk (Canceled) ASC G26
1:15 PM 2:15 PM Lunch Distribution Founder's Park
2:00 PM 2:30 PM Microsoft Tech Talk ASC G26
3:00 PM 3:30 PM YCombinator Roundtable with FiveStars ASC 240
3:15 PM 3:45 PM Layer Tech Talk ASC G26
4:00 PM 4:30 PM Udemy Tech Talk ASC G26
5:00 PM 5:30 PM Clearslide Tech Talk ASC G26
6:00 PM 6:30 PM Telesign Tech Talk ASC G26
7:00 PM 7:30 PM Ticketmaster Tech Talk ASC G26
7:30 PM 8:30 PM Dinner Distribution Founder's Park
8:30 PM 9:00 PM Guidebook Tech Talk ASC G26
1:00 AM 1:30 AM Late Night Snack Round 2 ASC
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Breakfast Distribution Founder's Park
10:00 AM 12:00 PM Project Expo ASC
11:30 AM 12:30 PM Lunch Founder's Park
1:00 PM 3:00 PM Final Demos and Closing Ceremony Engineering Quad


Why HackSC?

We are committed to empowering hackers by providing the resources and support to develop new technical skills and abilities. We believe that it is events like HackSC that will build a supportive hacker community in the greater Southern California area. We hope that through HackSC participants will build cool projects, learn new skills, and meet other tech enthusiasts from across the state.

What can a team build?

We are purposefully leaving the prompt open - we want you to build something that you think is awesome. Games, hardware hacks, API hacks, and web applications are a few examples of acceptable things to build. Still need some inspiration? Examples of hacks from last year can be found at challengepost.

What should I bring?

Bring everything you need to build your hack in 36 hours! This probably includes your laptop, your cell phone, chargers for both, a sleeping bag, a towel for showering, toiletries, a couple changes of clothing, and a student or government issued id.

Where can I apply for travel reimbursement?

You can apply right here! We encourage you to travel together with your team and friends to help save money and minimize your carbon footprint. As of now, we can only guarantee $100 to the first 30 people that filled out the form.

How can I get a dev kit to work with?

Due to having a limited number of dev kits, we will be letting teams pitch their idea to get a dev kit right after opening ceremonies.

Is this hackathon restricted to USC students?

Not at all! HackSC is open to all students currently enrolled in a college or university. You are more than welcome to provide your own transportation if you can!

How big can teams be?

Teams can be from 1 to 4 people in size. Don't have a team? No problem - during registration and before our opening event you'll have time to meet fellow creators and form a team on site. Alternatively, network using our official facebook page.

Can I have a larger team than 4?

We won't forbid you from having teams larger than 4, but unfortunately you can't be eligible for prizes with over 4 people in your team.

Are high schoolers allowed to participate?

Yup! We won't be giving high schoolers any special treatment, and they must be able to sign for their waiver or have a parent/guardian sign for them. If neither of these prevent you from coming, then we'd love to have you :)

Are there rules of conduct for this event?

Yes. We're following the standard tech conference guidelines set out at


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