Calling All Trailblazers.

Camp PolyHacks 3.0

January 18–19, 2019 @ SLO Hot House


What is Camp PolyHacks?

Camp PolyHacks is a student-run, multidisciplinary hackathon dedicated to social entrepreneurship and human-centered design.

Over two days, Cal Poly students of all backgrounds work in teams to ideate, design, pitch, and market their solution to a problem facing our San Luis Obispo community. It’s a Learn by Doing marathon of collaboration, learning, and creativity.

Two years of PolyHacks in numbers




28 mentors
from 12 company booths

in prizes

Our Focus

Problem Solving

Camp PolyHacks is a Learn By Doing experience. We encourage campers of all levels to step outside of their comfort zone to learn new skills and tackle problems head-on.

Multidisciplinary Teams

This hackathon goes beyond coding. Designers, entrepreneurs, and developers work together in teams to unite skill sets, experiences, and perspectives to execute ideas — just as you would in the workforce.

Social Entrepreneurship

We believe in using technology for good. Camp PolyHacks informs campers about important problems in the community and Camp Polyhacks is a platform to solve them.

Our Sponsors!

Corporate Sponsorship Local Sponsorship


When and where is Camp PolyHacks?

This year’s hackathon will kick off on Friday, January 18 at 5 PM. We’ll be hacking until the awards ceremonies the next day, Saturday, January 19, at 9 PM. The entire event is hosted at the SLO HotHouse, the downtown entrepreneurship space right above Ross.

Who can attend Camp PolyHacks?

All current Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo students are welcome!

How do I sign up for Camp PolyHacks?

Applications are open now through November 25! You can sign up through the Apply button on our home page or by following this link.

How much does it cost?

Camp PolyHacks is 100% free!

What should I expect on the day of the event?

At Camp PolyHacks, you’ll collaborate with a team to build something to help solve a problem our community faces. Expect a fast-paced environment with lots of learning, support, and teamwork. We will also provide unlimited free food and drinks, helpful company mentors and resources, and exciting activities to take a break from hacking. A more detailed schedule will be released in the weeks before the event, so check back soon!

Do I need to be an experienced coder?

Not at all! We welcome campers of all backgrounds and experience levels. This is your time to learn something new.

What do I need to bring?

Bring your laptop, chargers, creative tools, and whatever else you might need to whip up a cool new product. You will also need sleeping bags and travel materials if you’re staying overnight. Most importantly, don’t forget your A-game!

Will I be able to sleep during the hackathon?

Yes, there will be places available for teams to rest at the HotHouse overnight.

How do I form teams, and how big can each team be?

Teams can be up to 10 people. If you don’t have a team yet, that’s okay! There will be time to find one on Friday before the hacking begins.

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