HackFresno is a student hackathon at Fresno State that encourages creativity and innovation while solving some of the world's toughest problems. Stay up for 36 hours with the coolest and brightest people you will ever meet, and help design a product that can improve the world. This year, we are focusing all projects on four core themes. These themes encompass some of today's toughest issues, and encourage teams to think of ways to use their skills to benefit the world around them.

Everyone is welcome, from the most experienced developers and designers to first-time programmers with a drive to solve our biggest challenges. Regardless of your skill, there is a place for you at HackFresno.


Your devpost should include plenty of details about your project. For example:

- Is there a story behind this hack? A reason this is important to you?

- What exactly is the problem that your hack solves?

- How exactly does your hack solve that problem?

- What technical challenges did you face and overcome?

- What are areas for future improvement?

- What did you learn from this experience?

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,450 in prizes

Best Environment/Agriculture Hack

$150 Visa gift card for each team member.

Best Health/Wellness Hack

$150 Visa gift card for each team member.

Best Social Good Hack

$150 Visa gift card for each team member.

Best Education Hack

$150 Visa gift card for each team member.

Best Beginner Hack by FocusVision

Arduino starter kit for each team member. ($60 value)
Sponsored by FocusVision http://focusvision.com/

Best Devpost Submission

Google Home Mini for each team member.

Best Use of Hardware

3 months Membership to Root Access Hackerspace for each team member. ($60/mo value)

***Judged by Root Access Hackerspace

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Orlando Leon

Orlando Leon
Chief Information Officer, Fresno State

Bob Berry

Bob Berry
CEO, DPS Telecom

Michael Wanke

Michael Wanke
Associate Vice President, Forward Advantage

Judging Criteria

  • Ambition
    Complexity of the problem being explored combined with the "wow factor" of the solution.
  • Impact
    How many people does your hack affect? How much can it affect the world? How well does your hack solve an issue in your selected theme? What is the potential market impact of your hack? Be creative with the development of your hack!
  • Usability
    The best hacks are those that look as great as they function. How streamlined is your UX? How "finished" does your app look? Can your hack be used in a viable, practical manner?
  • Innovation
    Be bold with your hack! The scale and uniqueness of the technology used and the approach taken is important for innovation.
  • Pitch
    A great idea also needs a great pitch. How well can you convey your idea and your vision? Do you clearly understand the problem space and your proposed solution? Can you demonstrate the expected functionality? Presentation is key!

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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