On Friday, Jan. 30, over 500 participants from schools all over California competed in a 36-hour hackathon, the first annual one held in Corwin Pavilion and surrounding areas. Students designed and programmed unique projects to win prizes such as an Oculus Rift Development Kit and other high-tech gadgets. Outside tents also provided video games for the participants.

Photo Credits: Will Tran, John Clow, Christine Skari

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On Friday Night, hundreds of participants gathered on the lagoon lawn for the opening cermony to the first annual UCSB Hackathon. Will Tran/Daily Nexus

Opening ceremony on the lagoon lawn. Will Tran/Daily Nexus

Opening ceremony on the lagoon lawn. Will Tran/Daily Nexus

Students begin programming on their computers for 36 straight hours to create amazin projects. Will Tran/Daily Nexus

Students begin programming on their computers for 36 straight hours to create amazing projects. Will Tran/Daily Nexus

Several video game tournaments were held in a tent just outside the Corwin Pavilion. Will Tran/Daily Nexus

Several video game tournaments were held in a tent just outside the Corwin Pavilion. Will Tran/Daily Nexus

Hackers working through the night. (John Clow/Daily Nexus)

Hackers working through the night. John Clow/Daily Nexus

Students worked non-stop for hours on their projects (John Clow/Daily Nexus)

Students worked non-stop for hours on their projects John Clow/Daily Nexus

Hackers exhausted after coding and programming. (John Clow/Daily Nexus)

Hackers exhausted after coding and programming. John Clow/Daily Nexus

Students showcase their designs to judges. (Christina Skari/Daily Nexus)

Students showcase their designs to judges. Christina Skari/Daily Nexus

Finalists for the grand prize presenting their apps for the finalist judges, such as this virtual reality project. (John Clow/Daily Nexus)

Finalists for the grand prize presenting their apps for the finalist judges, such as this virtual reality project. John Clow/Daily Nexus

Competitors present their final project to be judged.  (Christine Skari/Daily Nexus)

Competitors present their final project to be judged. Christine Skari/Daily Nexus

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Students rest on the final day of the competition Christine Skari/Daily Nexus

 

The Staff of SB Hacks present the prizes at the end of the hackathon (John Clow/Daily Nexus)

The Staff of SB Hacks present the prizes at the end of the hackathon. John Clow/Daily Nexus

Students hit the hay once the competition ends.  (Christine Skari/Daily Nexus)

Students hit the hay once the competition ends. Christine Skari/Daily Nexus

The closing ceremony on the lagoon lawn.  (Christine Skari)

The closing ceremony on the lagoon lawn. Christine Skari, Daily Nexus

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