Skip to Content
The Big Picture San Diego Blog

SD Hacks

October 31, 2016

For 36 hours in late September/Early October, RIMAC Arena was transformed from a sports facility, to a coliseum of creative computing. One thousand students from around California came to compete in the largest collegiate hackathon the region has to offer: SD Hacks. Teams worked to create new code, applications and programs that responded to sponsored challenges. In addition to student competition, companies like ViaSat, Qualcomm, SAIC, SPAWAR, Perkins Coie, iboss Cybersecurity, Classy, VaultRMS, Booz Allen Hamilton and the City of San Diego joined in to talk local tech opportunity and mentor student teams. When all is said and done, 1,000 prospective tech employees left the competition with a new perspective on opportunities in tech, here in San Diego.

August 4, 2015

The job hunting game is changing. If you’re a programmer looking to score a job at a tech company or a recruiter looking for talent, you are probably placing less of an emphasis on job fairs. Instead, you are probably taking part in the modern-day tech career fair equivalent: a Hackathon.

Contrary to what the name entails, a Hackathon  – at least as we know it – is not a large scale event where people gather to hack into computers and networks. Rather, it’s a multi-day event, where people converge to engage in collaborative computer programming.

Beginning Oct. 2, more than 1,000 students from across the world will meet in San Diego for 36 hours at SDHacks. What started as an idea by the UC San Diego Triton Engineering Student Council (TESC) has already morphed into a grand-scale event. So far, of the 1,000 student signed up, two-thirds of them hail from outside the San Diego region, making SDHacks an attractive place for companies looking for talent.

With companies like Microsoft and Qualcomm already signed up to sponsor, the Hackathon promises to attract some of the best and brightest students from across the globe. 

EDC’s economic development committee has been supporting the work of the TESC. We’re looking for companies to join us in making this a success and ensuring that many of these talented job seekers know San Diego isn’t just a nice place to participate in a Hackathon, but that it’s an excellent place to launch a career.  

Interested? Contact Ashley Swartout at