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Cal Poly’s 2016 Design & Dev Hackathon Friday April 8 (Kick-off and Team Forming from 6-9 pm)
Saturday April 9 (12 Hour Hackathon from 8 am – 8 pm)

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Hackathon Sponsors 2016:

Platinum Sponsor:


Gold Sponsors:

Pariveda Solutions

Orfalea College of Business

Apple Inc.


Silver Sponsors:

College of Liberal Arts


Bronze Sponsors:

College of Engineering

Graphic Communication Department

In-Kind Sponsors:

Red Bull

Black Horse Coffee

Are you a software engineer, web developer or graphic designer? Are you a marketer, or startup enthusiast? Come spend 12 hours to build a mobile app, web site or project that will make life better at Cal Poly and your community. It’s a day of hacking with your fellow Cal Poly students where you can think up ideas, pitch concepts to each other, create teams to quickly build as much as you can, and present the results.

Cal Poly’s Design & Dev Hackathon is designed for Cal Poly students. It's a great way for you to make new connections, learn skills, and get feedback from mentors and your peers. It will be a creative, supportive environment – OK, maybe just a little bit competitive too. Bring your energy and enthusiasm and let’s build together. You don’t need to organize a team ahead of time, you can join a team during the Kick-off and Team forming.

During Cal Poly’s Design & Dev Hackathon we will have experienced mentors on hand to help you with different technologies for development and design. On Saturday evening at 8:00 pm each team will demo their product/website/mobile app and receive feedback from an expert panel. After voting by the judges, and by all of you, we will celebrate with some fun prizes.

Past Hackathons have led to job opportunities, internships and student teams forming start ups of their own, and we hope to see you join that notable list! The Cal Poly Hackathon is also a great résumé builder!

The event will be held in the Bonderson Engineering Center at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. You will need to be there on Friday evening April 8 for the kickoff night (6-8 pm). Bring your ideas and we will help everyone form teams. Hack on your project starting Saturday morning (April 9) and show your demo on Saturday evening at 8 pm. See the schedule below for more information. Plenty of food and refreshments will be provided, just bring your ideas, your computer and your power cord!


Kickoff : Friday, April 8

Location: BONDERSON (Bldg. 197-104)

6:00 - Doors open, registration/check-in, pick up your t-shirt, start mingling!

6:30 - Welcome, overview and pizza

6:45 - Keynote presentation

7:00 - Idea brainstorming & team forming

Kick-off event ends by 9pm, doors close at 10 pm.

Formed teams are welcome to start working on their Hackathon project off site or at one of the 24-hour locations on campus but Bonderson doors will close at 10 pm.

12-Hour Hackathon: Saturday, April 9

Location: BONDERSON (Bldg. 197-104)

7:00am - Doors open—First-in first-choice to snag the best tables and locations for your team!

8:00 am - Breakfast and coffee served

8:00 am - Formed teams start building apps and web sites

12:00 noon - Lunch served

5:00 - 7 pm - Tech Check!

5:30 pm - Dinner served

Spectator ticket holders arrive at 8:00 pm for team pitches!

8:00 pm - Team Pitches begin

9:30-10 pm - Winners announced

10:30 pm - Out of the bldg. - Cleaning & Done

This event is a collaboration between the Cal Poly's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Creative Media Development club.

Do you have questions about the Cal Poly Hackathon? Contact Lorraine Donegan or the Center of Innovation & Entreprenuership for more information and sponsorships.

Mission Statement

We are tutors not teachers. Anybody can talk about a subject, We're here to help you understand it.


Our goal with CMD has always been to help educate our peers. Our leadership comes from a kinship with them though, we know that we may be an instructor today and a student tomorrow. The digital world is full of surprises and is always prompting new tech, so while we can say we're here to provide our guidance, we'll never rule with an iron fist.

Kenneth Gurney


Kenneth Gurney is a third year Graphic Communication major with a concentration in Web & Digital Media (obviously). He enjoys cooking and being a big goof ball, but he has strong passions for web. He'll talk theory or practice, either way he's always likely to help, or to push you in the right direction.

Lorraine Donegan


Lorraine Donegan is a Professor in the Graphic Communication Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Lorraine has worked in the field of graphic design and production since 1990, but still makes time to shop, entertain and cook. She also has a passion for classic type, beautiful books and letterpress printing.

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