H.A.R.D. Hack


H.A.R.D. Hack is a hardware hackathon that HKN holds annually in collaboration with IEEE. We provide the materials and the tools needed to make a hardware hack. Come out and build something cool! Anyone can attend, regardless of skill level, major, or university.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a hackathon?

    A hackathon is a gathering where people collaboratively build a project from the ground-up over a short period of time. While working on a particular project, the idea is for each group member to have the ability and freedom to work on whatever they want.

  • Is it free?

    YES! There is no fee associated with H.A.R.D. Hack. In fact, there will be food, water, and hardware provided at the hackathon. Just make sure to bring yourself! (And check out the next question to find out what's suggested to bring.)

  • What do I bring?

    These are some highly suggested items to bring: laptop, blanket, resuable water bottle, layers of clothing, comfortable clothes/shoes, change of clothes, toothbrush, deodorant, energy drinks, extra snacks, and any hardware you wish to use.

  • Do I need a team?

    Teams are up to 5 people, so feel free to work by yourself, in a pair, or with a full team of 5! However, it is recommended to form a team of 5 just because it's you and 4 other people working on one project versus just yourself.

  • Where is it?

    Price Center, UC San Diego

  • When is it?

    January 17th and 18th, 2020


Friday (17th)
4:00 PMGates Open
6:00 PMOpening Ceremony
7:00 PMHacking Begins
Saturday (18th)
7:00 PMHacking Ends
8:00 PMJudging Starts
10:00 PMDoors Close



Interested in sponsoring us? Please send an email to hardhackucsd@gmail.com

Contact Us

For inquiries, please contact us through this form!