LA Hacks

Sponsorship Coordinator

When: Sept 2018 - Sept 2019
Where: Greater Los Angeles Area

As a member of the sponsorships team at LA Hacks, I contributed to the effort to raise $150,000 for the event and took part in organizing the weekend. I emailed and messaged potential corporate partners, pitching the benefits and advantages of partnerships--namely recruiting and marketing opportunities. I formed relationships with movers and shakers in the tech industry and am proud to be a part of one of the greatest hackathons in the world.

About LA Hacks

LA Hacks is a 36 hour-long hackathon welcoming nearly 1000 students to UCLA's Pauley Pavilion for a weekend of innovation and building great products.

A hackathon houses participants and gives them the space and resources to build out ideas--from apps that can monitor and care for gardens, to smart bins that utilize artificial intelligence to sort recyclables in appropriate categories (plastic bottles, aluminum cans, paper). Project submissions include hardware and software, mobile apps, enterprise solutions, and even VR games. 

Participants at LA Hacks never cease to impress with what they can produce in such a short window of 36 hours, as they aim to solve problems surrounding sustainability and urban safety, build viable enterprise solutions and consumer products.

Organizing the Event

The organizing team at LA Hacks consists of around 35 UCLA students--freshmen through seniors studying English, Chemistry, Economics, and Computer Science. Using Slack and weekly meetings, we work to create and design a brand around LA Hacks, build websites and application software (complete with dark mode), raise money, plan workshops, and book bouncy houses. 

Our website at lahacks.com

As organizers, we make sure participants have an enjoyable weekend by
  • Planning workshops, panels, and speakers so that participants can learn new skills and hear different perspectives,
  • Scheduling fun activities such as movies, raffles, and bouncy houses, and of course...
  • Feeding participants (including midnight snacks)
This past year, I also co-emceed the opening and closing ceremonies, cracking bad jokes in front of a huge crowd 😊

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LA Hacks is one of my fondest memories at UCLA because through organizing this incredible weekend, I grew close with some of the hardest working people I've had the privilege of meeting. I also had the unique opportunity to play a part in one of the largest tech events in Southern California, and in a nationally recognized hackathon. The 

The organizing team of LA Hacks 2019