Hack UCSC is a 48 hour hackathon that takes place on the UCSC campus, in the Crown Merrill Cultural Center, January 9-11, 2015.
This event is focused on UCSC students, and includes $80,000 in prizes.
A hackathon is an event where people gather together with the intent to focus on design and implementation activities for a new piece of technology, such as a game, an app, novel website, or other new business idea. It's highly productive since you're in a space where everyone is focused on the same goal, there are many people around to ask questions, and there is a fun, supportive, social atmosphere. And food. Lots of food.
Last year, a very high percentage of the students participating in Hack UCSC ended up with some kind of employment opportunity (internship offer, permanent job offer, etc.). This year there are even more companies participating.
This is probably the #1 best way for UCSC students to make connections with the local tech. industry. According to Jim Whitehead, he can think of no other venue that is (a) focused on UCSC students, (b) tech-focused, (c) has multiple people from multiple companies all coming to see UCSC students be innovative, (d) has such a rich prize purse.
The event costs $20 if you register by December 5, and $25 afterwards. For your money you get meals and snacks for the entire weekend -- heck, it's a great deal just for the food alone.
So, what are you waiting for? Sign up today! (Registration details are at:http://www.hackucsc.com/)