HackXX Event Recap – Hamna

Recently, Hamna helped plan and host HackXX, which is UC San Diego’s women-centric hackathon. HackXX is open to undergraduate students from any academic background, gender and sexual identity, and aims to provide a space where all innovators feel welcome.


HackXX is UC San Diego’s Women-Centric Hackathon. It’s a place welcome to all genders, majors, and students. This year, we welcomed 103 hackers who identified as women, men, transgender, and non-binary, and they came from various universities in Southern California.

Participants could hack on any idea that they had. Those who didn’t have a team were invited to a Team Mixer where hackers shared their ideas for possible hacks and connected with one another.

Hackers were able to attend three different types of technical workshops. We offered workshops on Unity for VR/AR platforms, web development using Django, and learning how to CAD and 3D print! We even had a workshop on how to ace a technical interview by Northrop Grumman and a tech talk on machine learning from Cisco.

To create a safe and comforting experience, we made sure to provide the hackers with enough support to help them feel confident. Mentors were present throughout the hackathon to guide the hackers. VR Club at UCSD hosted a VR/AR station complete with HTC Vives and mentors present at all times. We also made sure to have a variety of food options available to cater to different diets.

At the end of the hackathon, we had 19 project submissions! It was great to see hackers support one another as they pitched their hacks. Our 1st place team created a website called Any-A. Their goal is to empower girls in elementary school by helping them practice math and learn about female role models and their accomplishments in the field of mathematics.

In the end, it was evident that all the teams grew together as they collaborated, learned new topics, and made amazing hacks!

Check out the projects here!

Life On Warren Mall Meets: Matt

Today Life On Warren Mall introduces fifth-year Physics Engineering student, Matt. When he isn’t sailing or studying for classes, Matt is working for a start-up dedicated to developing intravenous infusion devices. Learn a little bit more about Matt’s favorite place to study on campus and why he loves being a UC San Diego Triton!

Spring Break Updates – Matt

Our students have just returned from Spring Break and we are touching base with them to hear more about the start of their new quarters.


I’ll add more, but here is the start.

I was interviewed by KUSI News and that was pretty cool. If you want to watch the video click here

Other than that, I am planning a trip to Iceland and campaigning in sailing over summer. 

One class’s workload
One quarter’s work load

Holi 2018 – Sandeep

Life On Warren Mall student, Sandeep, just completed his winter internship at Google and is now back full time at UC San Diego. To kick off the beginning of the quarter and celebrate the start of spring, Sandeep helped to put on a Holi event!


Holi is the festival of colors celebrated in India and Nepal around the start of spring. My student organization, Sangam in collaboration with two other on-campus organizations, ISA and AIGS, hosted this event last weekend at UC San Diego for the over 400 students that attended. A central portion of the event is throwing various colors at your friends, hence the colors all over my face. We also served Pav Bhaji, an Indian dish consisting of bread and curry, at the event and had a live DJ performance. I thought that the event was a super fun way to kick off spring quarter, and would definitely recommend attending Holi next year!