Command Line Workshop

Continuing with our series of workshops, Hack hosted a workshop in Command Line. In this workshop, students were taught about the Command Line and all that you can use it for. Students were first shown how to access the command line and then slowly introduced to basic commands and their uses.

Hack at UCI also usually provides snacks and drinks to make your experience more fulfilling.


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Intro to Node.JS Workshop – Fall 2016

Continuing with our series of workshops, Hack hosted its second workshop on developing with Node.JS. This event was a continuation from our event held on November 3rd. In this workshop, students were taught about Node.JS and its features. Students were first taught how to install Node.JS on their computers and were given live coding examples and demos on how to deploy webpages powered by Node.JS.


More than a 100 students came back with their laptops, fired up to build some great webpages with Node.JS. By the end of this session, we could see the excitement among the students of having learned about a very powerful developing tool as well as an urge to build a great product that could revolutionize the world with its genius. This event was livestreamed and posted on YouTube. The video can be accessed below for future reference.


Intro to Web Development Workshop – Fall 2016

Hack at UCI has always worked to spread the latest information about the technologies and ways of working in the programming world. With Node.JS becoming so popular and gaining momentum all over the industry, Hack held several workshops during the Fall Quarter to introduce Node.JS to our fellow students and to provide them with the skills they could use at upcoming hackathons happening all over the country.


The first workshop covered the basics of web development and how to use Git, which are fundamentals every developer should be aware of. This event was held on November 3rd from 7pm to 9pm in room 6011 of Donald Bren Hall on campus, and to our surprise, was attended by more than 150 students who were eager to learn about one of the most popular developing languages in the past few years. With such a great turnout, we were able to motivate various students to do more programming and build products.

AR/VR Workshop with Unity

Virtual Reality (VR) has taken the world by storm. Just one example is a HackUCI 2015 project that used VR to see from the perspective of a robot. Given that it is currently on the rise, HackUCI partnered with Unity to host a workshop to teach students how to develop for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. On May 18th, 73 students sat in the McDonnell Douglas Engineering Auditorium to learn about the theory behind Virtual Reality. Students got to dip their feet into Unity 5.4 and explore some of its built-in features. Though Unity is mainly known as a game engine, VR as well as Unity are both great platforms to develop animation on. The use cases for Unity expand farther than just game development; this is illustrated in Adam, a short film “created with the Unity game engine and rendered in real time.” This futuristic film follows the story of a humanoid robot as it gains consciousness for the first time and discovers the world that created it. Every nanosecond of the 5-minute film is packed with detail and artistry, which goes to show how powerful Unity can be. Needless to say, we hope the students that attended the workshop will be able to bring what they learned about Unity to HackUCI next year!

Node.JS Workshop with Accenture

Web applications are great starter projects for any beginning hacker, so to kickoff the spring quarter, Hack hosted a workshop with Accenture, a management consulting services company. On April 19th, 89 students piled into DBH 6011 to learn about Node.JS, a run-time environment for making networking systems and apps. Beginning hackers were introduced to the structure and flow of how networking applications worked, and more advanced hackers learned about how Node.JS can create applications that were high-performance and easily scalable. By the end of the workshop, students were able to create a simple web application. Skills like these are rarely taught in classroom settings, so we strive to bring a new facet of development and learning that can be easily applied in technical workshops.

HackUCI 2015


On Friday night November 20th, 400 students from UCI and beyond lined up outside of the eSports Arena in Santa Ana. After waiting patiently to sign in for HackUCI, they were greeted by numerous sponsors eager to find potential employees; among these were Cylance and Microsoft, HackUCI’s two biggest sponsors. As hands filled with free T-shirts and drawstring bags, the rows and rows of empty tables began to fill up. Eventually, everyone claimed their spots and settled down. The opening ceremony started, and kicked off Orange County’s biggest hackathon.


Thus began 36 hours of hacking. When hackers weren’t sleeping or diligently hacking away at their projects, they were attending tech talks or participating in competitions. The competitions varied from an early morning Smash tournament to coding challenges put together by UCI’s ACM club. For the hackathon in general, the prizes varied from 1,000 dollars in cash to an Oculus Rift for each member on the winning team. The skill levels of the participants were varied as well, but the overall commitment to creating something great was consistent. This was shown through the 47 projects that were presented at the expo concluding the hackathon. The participants truly took advantage of the hardware and mentorship available at HackUCI. One team created bots out of cardboard to do bot fighting, and integrated virtual reality into the experience; this is just one example of the many innovative projects presented. The ideas and accomplishments that came out of this hackathon were immeasurable, and we hope to bring that same energy again next year.

Feel free to check out some of the best hacks from HackUCI 2015 here.

HackUCI 2014


UCI’s first annual hackathon was a huge success! HackUCI 2014 was hosted at PeopleSpace, where people can collaborate on common interests in computer science, technology, science, art, and entrepreneurship. The small, cozy venue was packed with awesome ideas and energy during the Memorial Day weekend. HackUCI was so spectacular that some preferred to call it a hack festival!


When HackUCI opened on Friday evening, buses streamed participants five miles from campus to PeopleSpace. As attendees entered, they were greeted by a live performance from Blake & Kurt. As the event started, hackers had access to everything they needed to work on their project during their stay. There was a variety of free food, including muffins and croissants for breakfast, Veggie Grill and Chipotle for lunch, Ray’s Pizza and Dos Chinos for dinner, and Domino’s Pizza and 85 Degrees for midnight snacks. Caffeine from coffee and energy drinks were, of course, a necessity for those who wanted to stay awake for the entire course of the hackathon.


By far, however, the most popular item among the hackers was none other than UCI’s Ring Road specialty: Lollicup Boba! This free drink was probably a first in the history of hackathons judging by the overwhelming response of the participants. Another rare attraction was the dedicated sleeping area located at the back of the venue. Because the area is primarily used as a martial arts dojo, people were able to rest on the mats. The isolated location and dim lighting made it a better place to sleep than inside the bright and noisy hacking areas.


Last but not least, there were mentors at the event. Company representatives from Cylance, Infinite Peripherals, Amazon, SendGrid, and Kloudless came to help and answer any questions. It was very inspirational to see that several hacker participants were willing to help out other teams with their projects. The core values of inclusiveness, diversity, innovation, and creativity exhibited by everyone would definitely make HackUCI’s founders proud.


In the end, all projects were built from scratch over the 36-hour period. The teams came up with some great hacks, but as the hacking period closed, only a handful of these would come out gloriously on top. One of these teams had created Shark Education, which allowed the player to see through the eyes of a shark with the Oculus Rift. For Legend of Zelda fans, one of the best Twilio hacks was a Hylian Transliterator, which could convert English to any of the several Hylian languages found within the games and vice versa.


With about 300 registrations from all over Orange County, HackUCI was possibly the largest event ever hosted by ICS clubs. WICS definitely played a large part in this event, as most of the volunteers were WICS members. All in all, it was due to the hard work, commitment, and sacrifice of the volunteers, committee members, and main organizers that such an astounding event was pulled off. We can’t wait to see how HackUCI will grow next year!

Feel free to check out some of the best hacks from HackUCI 2014 here.