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UCSD's First Ever VR / AR Hackathon

Feb 23-25, 2018 | Computer Science Building

Application Deadline: Feb 16th, 2018


Tentative. Subject to change.

Friday, February 23rd

  • Check in 6:30-7:00PM
  • CSE Lobby
  • Opening Ceremony 7:00-7:30 PM
  • CSE 1202
  • Dinner + Team Mixer 7:30-8:30 PM
  • CSE 1202
  • VR Design Workshop 8:30-9:00 PM
  • CSE 1202
  • Pitchfest 9:00-10:00 PM
  • CSE 1202
  • Start Hacking 10:00 PM
  • CSE 1202, 4140, B210
  • Unity Workshop 10:00 PM-12:00 AM
  • Calit2 4004

Saturday, February 24th

  • Breakfast 8:00 AM
  • CSE Lobby
  • 3D Modeling Workshop 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Calit2 4004
  • Lunch 1:00 PM
  • CSE Lobby
  • Project Pitch Workshop 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Calit2 4004
  • Dinner 7:00 PM
  • CSE Lobby

Sunday, February 25th

  • Breakfast 8:00 AM
  • CSE Lobby
  • Stop Hacking 10:00 AM
  • CSE 1202, 4140, B210
  • Showcase + Judging 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • CSE 1202, 4140, B210
  • Award Ceremony 12:30-1:30 PM
  • CSE 1202


What is XR?

XR stands for Extended Reality which refers to the spectrum of virtual environments ranging from Virtual Reality, to Mixed Reality, to Augmented Reality.

What is AR?

80% Real World, 20% Virtual
Augmented Reality (AR) applications overlay computer graphics on the real world. Has a lot of potential for practical applications!
We’re providing a Microsoft Hololens and mentors to help get ARCore and ARKit working on your phones.

What is a hackathon?

Hackathons are coding marathons that last anywhere from 12 to 36 hours. During a Hackathon, students work with a team to create an innovative project completely from scratch, with no prior work allowed. Participants are provided with food, space, mentorship, and the equipment needed to complete their projects. At the end, all attendees will present their work, and judges will award prizes to the top projects.

What should I bring?

Participants should bring a valid student ID, any toiletries needed during the hackathon, a sleeping bag or pillow for rest, and an open mind! We recommend students bring their own laptops, though VR ready computers will be provided during the event. Students will also be allowed to leave and return throughout the event for rest or any forgotten items.

What if I am a beginner?

Don’t worry! We’ll be hosting workshops at the event where we’ll be going over everything you need to get started. Experienced VR and AR mentors will be present 24/7 to answer your questions.
If you want to get a headstart, feel free to check out our list of tutorials on Unity, our preferred game engine. We also have workshop slides where we discuss VR specific design.

What is VR?

0% Real World, 100% Virtual
Virtual Reality (VR) applications place the user in a virtual world where they are not able to see the real world. At the bare minimum, their head rotations change their point of view. Higher end devices have spatial tracking, allowing movement and 6 DOF controllers allowing for natural interaction. Great for interactive experiences!
We’re providing HTC Vives, Oculus Rifts, Windows MR Headsets, Samsung Gear VRs, Google Daydreams, and Google Cardboards. Our mentors have created dozens of experiences for almost all of these platforms.

What is MR?

50% Real World, 50% Virtual
Mixed Reality (MR) is a process where real camera footage of a person playing a VR game is overlaid with the game visuals, giving a third person perspective of the game. See this video for an example!
We’re setting up an MR booth with a Vive!

Who can attend?

Any college student can register for this Hackathon! Teams may consist of up to 5 members, and we’ll be having a mixer event at the start of the event to help hackers find teammates. Though students from other universities are welcome and encouraged to register, we are unable to provide travel reimbursement at this time.

What will be provided?

We’ll be providing all necessary XR hardware, space, computers, and computer peripherals. Food will also be provided at regular intervals throughout the event, though students will need to eat outside of the VR Lab. Additionally, there will be VR workshops and mentors during the Hackathon.

How can I help?

If you would like to volunteer, sign up here! If you would like to mentor, sign up here!