A beginner-friendly, 12-hour hackathon held at UC Riverside.

Here's a short and sweet hackathon for beginners and veterans alike. Cutie Hack promises to be welcoming of all skill levels and hack ideas. Come and build whatever you can imagination!

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  • Participants: Any admitted student
  • Teams: Team membership is capped at 4 members


It is the responsibility of the teams to opt in to judging criteria categories on Devpost.


Jiasi Chen

Jiasi Chen
Assistant Professor at UC Riverside (Graduate level Networks, Virtual Reality)

Paea LePendu

Paea LePendu
Assistant Professor at UC Riverside (Formal Languages and Automata, Natural Language Processing)

Vagelis Papalexakis

Vagelis Papalexakis
Assistant Professor at UC Riverside (Introduction to Data Mining, Advanced Data Mining Techniques)

Manuel Sanchez

Manuel Sanchez
Software Engineer at Google. Former director of Citrus Hack. UC Riverside - Class of 2015.

Jed Schwendiman

Jed Schwendiman
Senior Director of Development for BCOE, UC Riverside

Zach Zimmerman

Zach Zimmerman
UC Riverside Computer Science PhD Candidate (GPUs, Machine Learning)

Judging Criteria

  • Beginner Hack
    Cutie Hack 2018 must be the first hackathon for the majority of the team. (3 out of 4, or 2 out of 3)
  • Hardware
    The project must utilize external hardware.
  • UI/UX
    The project has a clean, easy-to-use interface. Design is an important aspect here.
  • 1st Overall
    Awarded to the most impressive hack overall, beginners and veterans alike.
  • 2nd Overall
    Awarded to the most impressive runner-up hack, beginners and veterans alike.
  • .Tech Prize
    The project shows exceptional use of a .tech domain