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About Us

UGAHacks is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that hosts an annual 48 hour programming sleepover which takes place in Athens, Georgia at the University of Georgia.

UGAHacks is an event that prides itself as being like none other where hackers, sponsors, and mentors can come together and not only have an environment to work and create anything their mind can think of but also enjoy their time while they are there.

UGAHacks has seen tremendous growth since its inception in 2015. We have grown from 200 hackers, 6 sponsors, and less than 10 mentors to 600+ hackers, 15+ sponsors, and 15+ mentors.

Every year there is a new adventure to explore and new prizes to be won. Each event encompasses different people to meet, workshops to learn from, food to enjoy, and side events to take some time to relax.


We also have become a recognizable brand with the cutest mascot, Byte, who is seen making an appearance at every event we have since 2019.

We are always looking for new partners and new people to be apart of our event each year in order to make it even better than the last and give them an opportunity to tap into recruiting up-and-coming computer science talent, so if you are interested, please feel free to reach out to us.

As an organization, we take great pride in our growth and are excited to see our event reach even greater heights.

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25+
Schools Represented
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Hackers
220+
Projects
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Events

2023

UGAHacks 8

UGAHacks 8 returns to Zell B. Miller Learning Center for an exciting 36-hour hackathon with the theme of travel. Create your own adventure.

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2022

Makeathon

UGAHacks Makeathon is the first makeathon event to take place at the University of Georgia through UGAHacks. As opposed to the usual 36-hour programming sleepover, UGAHacks wanted to take things a step further and challenge themselves to a 24-hour mini hackathon where our 200 attendees brainstormed on software solutions, created monumental 3D models, all while practicing sustainable habits in tech, with the overarching theme of sustainability. Catering toward Engineering students, UGAHacks Makeathon took place in Driftmier Engineering Center.

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2022

UGAHacks 7

UGAHacks 7 adopted our first-ever hybrid event model since our inception in 2015, with the in-person portion of the event returning to Zell Miller Learning Center at the very heart of UGA's campus. Meanwhile, virtual attendees participated in the hackathon through virtual workshops, live broadcasts, and side events co-hosted by sponsors and the UGAHacks 7 organizing team. The theme this year was vaporwave, which saw Byte return in glorious 8-bit resolution to welcome yet another class of extraordinary hackers. Despite facing unprecedented obstacles, UGAHacks 7 was a hackathon reimagined one pixel at a time and was the organization's largest to date with 800 attendees and 14 sponsors.

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2021

UGAHacks 6

UGAHacks 6 was unlike any other previous UGAHacks since it was the first one to be held completely virtually due to Covid-19. Despite this, a total of 411 participants, 150 sponsors representatives, 10 mentors attended, and there were over 40 project submissions. The sixth UGAHacks event also saw the use of workshop live streams and 'fireside' broadcasts from the UGAHacks organizers throughout the event. Overall, UGAHacks 6 was themed around 'building the future' and there was definitely no shortage of innovative ideas built around hardware and the world's ever-changing landscape.

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2020

UGAHacks 5

UGAHacks 5 was hosted at the Zell Miller Learning Center, which would become the new home for UGAHacks. The 5th rendition of UGAHacks was the largest we have seen to date with 500 participants, 14 sponsors, 15 mentors, and a record 70 project submissions. UGAHacks 5 was themed around bringing 'otherworldly' ideas to life with our mascot, Byte, heading to explore space, but from the event perspective UGAHacks 5 could be considered the 'Launch Pad' that became the new standard for all future UGAHacks events.

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2019

UGAHacks 4

UGAHacks 4 returned to its original home at the Lamar Dodd School of Art which allowed it to have a greater presence within the University that year. This event saw a total of 450 participants, 11 sponsors, 15 mentors, and over 50 project submissions. The fourth UGAHacks event also experienced the greatest diversity of hackers from so many different schools across the entire world. UGAHacks 4 allowed for a new sprouting of ideas and possibilities for all future events which were once thought of as unattainable.

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2018

UGAHacks 3

UGAHacks 3 was hosted at Thinc Studios once again but this event did not fail to exceed expectations as its predecessors once did. There was a change in leadership which came with a new organizational structure and new way of planning a hackathon. The third rendition of our event created a recognizable brand which allowed hackers, sponsors, and partners to see a new vision that UGAHacks was about to embark upon, one that they had to be a part of. We saw a total of 150 participants, 10 sponsors/partners, and over 26 submissions for projects. UGAHacks 3 was centered around the possibilities that could come from partnering with a team around a table in vein to how UGAHacks 3 and future events came to life - with a few students coming around a table and communicating new ideas.

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2016

UGAHacks 2

UGAHacks 2 moved to a new home in Downtown Athens, Thinc. Studios, which helped created a more hacker friendly environment with better work spaces, bean bag chairs, and modern presentation rooms for unique workshops. In total, 24 projects were submitted. The second UGAHacks event saw great growth with more resources to add key features to the event such as food, a larger venue, and better prizes. This all fueled the desire for more hackers to come and create a standard of awesomeness moving forward.

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2015

UGAHacks 1

The original UGAHacks event began at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The first event of its kind at UGA was special because two roommates wanted to bring an underrepresented community of students within the Computer Science and Engineering schools together for a weekend of fun and unlimited creativity. The first version of our event had humble beginnings with less than 100 participants and 36 submissions for projects. UGAHacks became the new safe haven for hackers can come together to learn, create and share!

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2015 - The initial UGAHacks team formed with the plan of bringing the hacking spirit to Athens, Georgia

Meet the team!

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Byte
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Reimagine your world - one pixel at a time

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Directors

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Aniyah Norman
Lead Director

There’s the whole world at your feet!

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Aniyah Norman
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Saba Merchant
Sponsorship Director

My puns are 🐨 ☕️

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Saba Merchant
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Banibe Ebegbodi
Marketing Director

I think we ought to live happily ever after

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Alex Breazu
Logistics Director

If you're reading this, I think you should go buy a house plant or two.

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Genki Aikawa
Tech Director

Would you be my Valentine?

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Genki Aikawa

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Helium Yang
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Boing. Just boing.

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Matthew Santoro
Organizer

Here we go again

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Matthew Santoro
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Ivan Mo
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Ivan Mo
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Khushi Bhatamrekar
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One day.. I'm going to make onions cry

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Priya Nayak
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Shawn Pradeep
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"Don't let the haters stop you from doing your thang." -Kevin Gnapoor, "Mean Girls"

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Trudy Chen
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A foolish person thinks they know everything, a wise person knows they know nothing

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John Atkinson
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My dog is better than yours and his name is BYTE

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John Atkinson

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Gargee Jamadagni
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<3

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Kaytie Lin
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nice try, go next ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

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Matthew Tzou
Organizer

Seize the day

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Matthew Tzou

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Elodie Collier
Organizer

Bonjour! Oui oui.

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Siddhi Chitgopkar
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Matthew Chambers
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Maybe luck is involved, but I don't want to give up on the things I can control.

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Matthew Chambers
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Raegan Girdley
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Bad things happen to me all the time. I’m sure it’s the Dark Reunion behind all of this.

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Jiya Patel
Organizer

Live what you love

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Jiya Patel

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Justin Moon
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Oh wait, we're doing a quote? Let me think of one real quick.

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Justin Moon
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Astha Jain
Organizer

"Alexa, tell me a quote"

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Astha Jain
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Dylan Meyer
Organizer

“Technology like art is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.” – Daniel Bell

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Dylan Meyer

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Byte
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Reimagine your world - one pixel at a time

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Jeffery John
Director

Hewwo

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Sudhan Chitgopkar
Director

Some flies are too cool for the wall

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Austin Kral
Director

Ritual is the husk of true faith

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Pranay Kumar
Director

When in doubt, radish it out

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Pranay Kumar

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Alex Breazu
Organizer

If you're reading this, I think you should go buy a house plant.

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Alex Pausa
Organizer

I'm a Nerd :D

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Claire Venenga
Organizer

Have you heard of the critically acclaimed MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV with an expanded free trial which you can play through the entirety of A Realm Reborn and the award winning Heavensward expansion up to level 60 for free with no restrictions on playtime?

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Claire Venenga
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Gally Smith
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Grant Jimmerson
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Go Dawgs!

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Helium Yang
Organizer

What's your favorite boba?

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Himani Yadav
Organizer

What did the html coding dog say? href href!

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Ivan Mo
Organizer

Okay but what if

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Joseph Nguyen
Organizer

Expect the unexpected

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Larraine Mensah
Organizer

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

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Larraine Mensah
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Matthew Santoro
Organizer

Gotta go fast

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Olivia Carino
Organizer

Tea > Coffee

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Olivia Carino

Marketing Team

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Banibe Ebegbodi
Organizer

Good things take time.

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Elodie Collier
Organizer

How does a computer get drunk? It takes screenshots.

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Elodie Collier

Sponsorship Team

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Saba Merchant
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I'm going to stand outside, so if anyone asks I am outstanding

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Saba Merchant
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Richard Hoepfinger
Organizer

Technically, bogosort is the most efficient if you're lucky

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Richard Hoepfinger

Tech Team

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Genki Aikawa
Organizer

Will you be my Valentine?

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Ryan Schuster
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit

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Ryan Schuster

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Byte
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Boot up your dreams - Build the future

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Glen George
Lead Director

"Chase your dreams, pursue your passions, never be afraid to be uncomfortable."

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Yi Jian MaMa
Finance Director


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Sydney Nelms
Logistics Director


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Jenny Kim
Marketing Director

"Rainy day = Noodles"

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Jeffery John
Sponsorship Director

"Go Dawgs!"

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Kane Du
Web Director

"Hello there"

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Danny Lee
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Jin Jeong
Advisor

"Proud of the hacks team!"

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Jennifer Ly
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Mohd (TJ) Hasan
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"Those who are seen dancing are thought to be insane by those who cannot hear the music."

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Paul Hansa
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Paul Hansa

Logistics Team

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Kevin Tang
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"Hack on!"

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Kyle Aban
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Miranda Gomez
Logistics Team

"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how"

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Stefan Tobler
Logistics Team

"No mom I don't know what error code 27 means on the TV"

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Stefan Tobler

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Aidan Ostapko
Marketing Team

"I make things move"

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Annie Lian
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Annie Lian
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Felise Wen
Marketing Advisor

"Opinions on Frozen Pop Tarts?"

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Felise Wen

Sponsorship Team

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Amanda Yang
Sponsorship Advisor

"Why did the java developer wear glasses? Because he couldn’t C#"

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Chunwing Ng
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"The only time I'm not on caffeine is when I'm asleep "

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Connor Cummings
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Keshav Raviprakash
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Sameer Annavarapu
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"Never regret anythin that made you smile"

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Shivani Nanda
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Sudhan Chitgopkar
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"Some flies are too awesome for the wall"

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Venusly Yang
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"If Monday had a face, I would punch it."

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Web Team

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Andrei Spatariu
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"If you're good at one thing, make it everything."

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Danny Lopez
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Emmanuel Oni
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"The universe is change and life is opinion"

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Neal Patel
Web Team

"Space, reading, coding."

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Lana Kelly
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"Your voice matters. Vote!"

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Shawn Holman
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"My passion is code!"

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Shawn Holman

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Byte
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Boot up your dreams - Shoot for the stars

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Mohd (TJ) Hasan
Lead Director

"Those who are seen dancing are thought to be insane by those who cannot hear the music."

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Amy Yang
Finance Director


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Glen George
Logistics Director

"Chase your dreams, pursue your passions, never be afraid to be uncomfortable."

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Annie Lian
Marketing Director


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Amanda Yang
Sponsorship Co-director

"Why did the java developer wear glasses? Because he couldn’t C#"

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Shivani Nanda
Sponsorship Co-director

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Andrei Spatariu
Web Director

"If you're only good at one thing, make it everything."

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Danny Lee
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Jin Jeong
Advisor

"Proud of the hacks team!"

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Jennifer Ly
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Jennifer Ly
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Paul Hansa
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Paul Hansa

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A.C. Willams
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Sydney Nelms
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Stefan Tobler
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"No mom I don't know what error code 27 means on the TV"

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Thonny Koon
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Felise Wen
Marketing Team

"Opinions on Frozen Pop Tarts?"

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Felise Wen

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Connor Cummings
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Jeffery John
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"Go Dawgs!"

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Hima Velaga
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Hima Velaga

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Alex Costa
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Courtney Hogan
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Danny Lopez
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Julian Camp
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Kane Du
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"Hello there"

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Kane Du

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Leaf
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Sowing the seed for the next generation of coders.

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Jin Jeong
Lead Director

"Proud of the hacks team!"

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Beier Zhu

"I learned from the creators that you don't have ot be talented, just a heart for the community."

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Felise Wen
Marketing Director

"Opinions on Frozen Pop Tarts?"

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Mohd (TJ) Hasan
Logistics Director

"Those who are seen dancing are thought to be insane by those who cannot hear the music."

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Sunny Park
Sponsorship Director

"I'm privileged to have been part of the team to create an amazing event for future talent!"

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Danny Lee
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Jennifer Ly
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Paul Hansa
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Paul Hansa

Logistics Team

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Glen George
Logistics Team

"Chase your dreams, pursue your passions, never be afraid to be uncomfortable."

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Glen George

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Annie Lian
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Annie Lian

Sponsorship Team

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Amanda Yang
Sponsorship Team

"Why did the java developer wear glasses? Because he couldn’t C#"

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Amanda Yang
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Connor Cummings
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Connor Cummings
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Shivani Nanda
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Richard Red
Sponsorship Team

"Do it"

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Richard Red

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Sahil Patel
Web Team

"My motivation is making hella stacks."

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Sahil Patel

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Table
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It's amazing what you can make with a team and a table.

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Danny Lee
Lead Director


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Jennifer Ly
Director


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Paul Hansa
Director


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Paul Hansa

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James Wang
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Tyle Vox
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Tyle Vox

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Ashley Wang
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DJ Bradbord
Marketing Team

"Back in my day, organizer rooms were always stocked with free soylent"

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DJ Bradford

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Jacky Fong
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Nick Tang
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"CEO of 3 point stories"

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Anurag Banerjee
Lead Director


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Anurag Banerjee

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Aditya Sood
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Jade Glasgow
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Jade Glasgow

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Kelsie Belan
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"Fail often, fail fast." ― Don Norman

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Jay Patel
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Jay Patel

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Heather Hunynh
Tech Director


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Anurag Banerjee
Lead Director


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Anurag Banerjee

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Jaicob Stewart
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Malinda Inthirath
Marketing Director

“I feel lucky to have been a part of the inaugural UGAHacks five years ago. I’m excited for what UGAHacks 6 has in store!”

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Malinda Inthirath

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Caleb Adams
Tech Director

Build cool shit!

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