Cereal Hack is Back!

Join us for 32 hours of hackathon goodness! Start a company, make something awesome, or hack something to change the world! Come with a team or come solo! Meet people, make a team, and build cool stuff! Limited free tickets available! Get em now!

Looking for teammates and projects to collaborate on? Sign up on our Challenge Post page and start a discussion.

What's special about this Hack?

  • 100s of devs, designers, makers & entreprenuers all hacking at once
  • On-site Stratasys 3D printers provided by Society of Mfg Engineers and Sierra College
  • Awesome investors and mentors on the judging panel
  • Legal incorporation package via Bosley Biz Law for winning team
  • Entry to UC Davis Entrepreneurship Academy for 2 people on winning team
  • AWS Credits (more info coming soon!)
  • Sweet prizes like access to MobiTech & LifeScienceFest ($1250), and startup fundriasing services via Investor Fest Media ($3500)
  • Lot's of food and beverage to help you focus through the weekend

Cereal Hack 3 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of CH3

  • QuickJobbr


    A community for people to fill short-term jobs with verified quality talent.

  • Osteon

    We are developing a motion capture exoskeleton. Which will provide an intuitive and precise control for complex machinery. Our project consists of the exoskeleton hardware and the interface software.

  • Book Bucket

    "BookBucket is a book discovery app that encourages users to explore new books through a suggestion engine and friend's recommendations."

A Creation of

We believe that technology can change the world and the starting point is education. Hacker Lab aims to educate folks and seed startups with community-driven resources. Collectively we can build a brighter future using lean methods in both education and business. Come visit our space in midtown Sacramento! www.hackerlab.org

Mega Sponsors

Ninja Sponsors

Prize Sponsors

Community Partners


  • Jay Sales!

    Jay Sales

    VSP, The Shop

  • Josh Klint

    Josh Klint


  • Doug Bosely

    Doug Bosley

    Bosley Biz Law

  • Dan Koellen

    Dan Koellen

    Sacramento Angels

  • Bret Engelkimer

    Bret Engelkemier

    Sacramento Angels

  • Lokesh Sikaria

    Lokesh Sikaria

    Moneta Ventures

  • Gopan Madathil

    Gopan Madathil

    Investor Fest Media



Below is a quick summary of Cereal Hack's competition rules. If you have questions, feel free to email us.

1. Fresh Code, Design, etc.
To ensure a level field for all contestants, all code, design, art, music, SFX, and assets must be created during the duration of the Hackathon. We want to ensure that all participants start off on the same footing and we also want to preserve the true nature of a hackathon. You are, however, free to make plans, create wireframes, and brainstorm prior to the event. The only exception to this rule would include material that is freely available to the public. Some examples of this would be: public domain images, creative commons music, open source libraries. We take this rule very seriously for the sake of all members attending the event. Failure to comply may result in the offending team's disqualification.

2. Code Review
If your team qualifies for prizes or is in the top five, the team will be subject to a code review to verify that there was no foul play.

3. It’s okay to Hack!
Feel free to use any tools, tricks, gems, shortcuts, or workarounds you’ve discovered over the years to help you build quicker. Use any frameworks, hosting service, etc. you please.

4. Ownership and IP
All teams retain full ownership of what they have created during the Hackathon.

5. Team Size
Teams of up to 5 humans are allowed.

6. Be Open
We welcome attendees from all backgrounds. This event is about increasing the overall amount of innovation, partnership, and engagement in our community.

7. Be Respectful
Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally.

8. Have fun
It’s a hackathon! Have fun, meet new people, learn new things. Event's like these are often life-changing, so make the most of it, relax, and enjoy the event.



Two days of intense competition and fun

CH4 will take place February 8th - 9th 2014 Registration starts at 9:00 am on the 8th. Food, workshops, sponsor talks, and lots of hacking throughout the weekend. Presentations start at 3:00 pm on Sunday. Awards and party by 5:00 pm.


Hacker Lab
1715 I st, Sacramento

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What is a Hackathon?

  • Step 1: Meet People

  • Step 2: Form Teams

  • Step 3: Build Product

  • Step 5: Pitch for Prizes

A hackathon is where people code in a marathon type fashion to build mobile, hardware, and web applications in a competitive environment. There are different types of Hackathons but this is how we are going to roll! See Wikipedia to read more.
People will either come alone or with a team to get together and build out an idea. If you are looking for people to join your team you can give a 60 second pitch to attract team members. Networking will also be done to meet, mingle, and build teams. Once teams are established, they will begin planning and building out their project. At the end of the hackathon, the projects and teams will be presented and judged in a competition-like setting for prizes.
This is a mobile, hardware, and web development hackathon including game development, so you can build anything that falls into that space.
Nope! Typically a percentage of attendees have ideas. They pitch them to the crowd, network, and form teams. Once teams are formed they spend the rest of time collaborating and refining the idea, honing it into something even better. If you don't have an idea yourself, you'll be sure to find someone else who has an idea you'll want to contribute to.
Not at all. At our last Cereal Hack the first place team was primarily composed to people who met at the event. We give plenty of time and a helping hand to form a team if you don't have one coming in.
As a bare-minimum, all you need is a computor and your brain. We'll provide food and faciliate the rest. If you're planning a hardware hack, be sure to bring the necessary components (ACE Hardware is right around the corner for last minute items). For more ideas, check out this guide to help you prepare: How to prepare for a hackathon

We have several sets of oscilloscopes, bench top power supplies, soldering irons, multi-meters, breadboards and many tools commonly used for electronics development. We also have several computers setup with the Arduino environment and eagle cad software.

We are also targeting having a rep-rap style 3D printer available.

YES! Although we have a few random components that you MIGHT be able to use, please bring everything you need for your hardware hack. There is an Ace hardware that will be open both Saturday and Sunday a block away, but they obviously do not have any electronics. Fry's electronics is about a 10 - 15 minute drive from the HackerLab in an emergency.

Absolutely! Hardware hacks are especially tricky due to the nature of relying on physical things. We recommend you bring all your components that you think you just MIGHT need (and even the ones you don't think you need for that matter!). You might be able to barter with other hackers, but no guarantees. Coming into the hackathon with an idea of what you want to build will save you precious time.

There are many great tutorials online at adafruit.com, sparkfun.com, instructables.com and bildr.org. We recommend you watch/read the tutorials that are anywhere closely related to your hack so your knowledge is as fresh as it can be. There are many other useful online forums and websites where people post circuit snippets and basic circuits that you can build on for your hack. Just like the software guys, if the circuit is "open source" such as posted online or declared open hardware, you are free to fork or modify the design and incorporate it into your own project.