Cisco @ SLO Hacks is a 5-Day hackathon event sponsored by Cisco and hosted by SLO Hacks. Our event is open to all majors and all skill levels, for those of you who have never coded before to veteran hackers, this is for you! Cisco @ SLO Hacks is a completely virtual event, but you'll still have the chance to talk to organizers, mentors, and hackers 1:1.

Over the course of the event, you'll get the opportunity to network and learn from industry professionals from our sponsor Cisco at exclusive Cisco-hosted workshops! You'll also get the chance to build something awesome, attend workshops, and come out with a new skill or two.

Don't know what a hackathon is? It's an event where entrepreneurs, developers, and designers like you come together to build anything you want - mobile games, website designs, fintech startups - you name it.

Hackathons aren't just for advanced coders. Everyone has the opportunity to learn and build their craziest ideas. 

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We're reachable through email at

We're excited to have a blast with you!


Click HERE to register for Cisco @ SLO Hacks!


None of our events would be possible without our dedicated student and professor mentors. If you have any technical skills such as UI/UX Design, Web Development, Hardware, Graphic Design, or Data Science, we’re looking for individuals like you! Sign up to be a mentor HERE.



Schedule of events:

April 15th

7:30 pm: Attendee Check-In

8:00 pm: Opening ceremony

8:45 pm: Hacking Starts / Team Formation Mixer


April 16th

10:00am: Cisco Tech Talk with Pradeep Kathail, Cisco Engineering Director

11:00am: Cisco University Relations with Jessica Singh, Cisco University Relations Manager

1:00pm: Cisco Early in Career Development with Mevin Matthew and Kirtan Buddhdev, Cisco Software Engineers

8:00pm: Game Night


April 17th

10:00 am: Intro to Git/Github with Github Desktop (Beginner Workshop)

12:00 pm: Collaborating Effectively with Github (Intermediate Workshop)

4:00 pm: How to Visualize Data from APIs (Intermediate Workshop)

7:00 pm: Gather Town Social Hangout


April 18th

10:00 am: Intro to Pandas (Beginner Workshop)

2:00pm: Gather Town Social Hangout


April 19th

1:00 pm: Hacking ends. Devpost submissions due

2:00: Judging begins

4:00pm: Closing Ceremony




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Hackathon Sponsors


$1,800 in prizes

1st Place Hack

Oculus Quest 2 for each member of the winning team.

2nd Place Hack

Google Nest Mini for each member of the winning team.

Best Cybersecurity Hack

$30 Amazon Gift Card for each member of the winning team.

Best Data Science/Artificial Intelligence Hack

Roku Streaming Stick for each member of the winning team.

Best Data Visualization Hack

Anker Wireless Charger, PowerWave 7.5 Stand for each member of the winning team.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • You must be a Cal Poly student to attend Cisco @ SLO Hacks - we will require you provide your email address to verify your status as a student.
  • First come, first serve policy. Spots fill up fast so sign up ASAP.


  • All teams must submit a 3-minute video link to Devpost by 1:00pm on 04/19/2021.
  • All teams must have 2-4 members.
  • All teams must consist of only Cal Poly students to be considered.


Latika Baveja

Latika Baveja
Technical Lead @ Cisco

Kesavan Thiruvenkatasar

Kesavan Thiruvenkatasar
Technical Lead @ Cisco

Neeraj Malhotra

Neeraj Malhotra
Principal Engineer @ Cisco

David Maluf
Distinguished Engineer @ Cisco

Suneel Pentala

Suneel Pentala

Dhananjaya Rao

Judging Criteria

  • Development - 35 Points
    How well does it work? How technically complex is it?
  • Design - 35 points
    Is the solution you've designed creative and intuitive?
  • Originality - 15 points
    Is this a unique and original project? Is this drastically different from a general hackathon?
  • Pitch - 15 points
    Was your presentation clear?

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