Hack is Back

Welcome to the Hackathon of the Claremont Colleges! The 5C Hackathon is the perfect place to have fun and learn something new. This year's theme is Tech for Good, and whether you're analyzing data for the first time or hacking an interactive robot, we provide awesome swag, food, and mentorship to power you through the entire 24-hour event beginning April 14th, 2023.

Interested? Let's do this.


Registration closes Monday, April 10th at 11:59 pm PT


The 5C Hackathon is a student-run 24-hour event held at Pomona College. Historically, hundreds of Claremont College students gather to work on a diverse range of projects. Our hackathon is a highly anticipated and attended tradition at the Claremont Colleges, drawing creative minds from all five schools in the liberal arts consortium: Pomona, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, Scripps, and Pitzer.

What makes the 5C Hackathon different?


We pride ourselves on building a creative and diverse techical community and in making the 5C Hackathon beginner-friendly and inclusive. At our last event, more than 50% of participants were first-time hackers, and more than 50% identified as non-male.

Individual Development

Teaching and mentorship are of the utmost importance. We teach beginner and advanced workshops throughout the week preceding the hackathon, an event we lovingly call Hack Week. We have mentors available throughout the event as well.

Theme, Tracks, & Overlays


The overarching theme is Tech for Good! Good means helping people, animals, organizations, or the environment positively. Good can be big, serving entire populations, and it can be small, impacting local or niche topics. In any case, it is always for the greater Good rather than personal gain.

Prizes will be awarded to the top team in each track and the top team in each overlay that creates a great project while demonstrating the spirit of Tech for Good. You can read more about about our Judging Criteria and Project Submission process on our DevPost.

Teams must enter into one of the following tracks. Teams may enter into multiple overlays, but are not required to enter into any.


Get Out The Vote

The rights to vote and make informed decisions are incredibly important, but not trivial to obtain. With election season around the corner, now is a great time to strengthen democracy, empower voters, build faith in civic engagement, or find insights regarding the state of democracy.

Health Equity

Explore social justice through a health lens. Everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve their best health and best self. How can you approach or shed light on the factors that limit access to healthcare and good health practices for all?
Supported by Strava


We'd love to see your idea, analysis, or tool related to an improved classroom experience for students & teachers of all backgrounds, identities, and abilities. The education track is for hackers who seek to make education more accessible and lower the barrier of entry to knowledge.

Sustainable Earth

We need solutions for environmental challenges impacting earth systems, wildlife, and humanity. Sustainable practices support ecological, human, and economic health and vitality. From microplastics, to agriculture, to clean water, and beyond - we want your ideas and insights!


Data & Analytics

Have a dataset you've been itching to explore? If you mine some unique and powerful insights in your project, this prize might be yours.
Supported by Bloomberg

Out of the Box for Good

Non-technical, non-traditional projects that don't involve coding, data, or usual hackathon media at all. Examples include, but are not limited to, songs, children's books, artwork, and policy analysis.


Are you a first time hacker? We want to honor you and your bravery by awarding one beginner team a prize of their own. This overlay is only open to teams comprised entirely of beginner Hackers.


The answers to all your burning questions.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where folks come together to attend workshops, learn from each other, compete for prizes, be silly, and build meaningful projects.

Who can participate?

Any student from the Claremont Colleges is invited! Our hackers include all 5C majors, years, identities, and experience levels. Zero coding knowledge required or expected.

Do I need to know how to code?

Nope! Although hackathons are traditionally coding-heavy, we've opened up our hackathon to include all creative ventures. We have categories for technical and non-technical projects. That said, if you want to learn how to code, a hackathon project is a fantastic opportunity to dive in! Our Hack Week workshops will help you gain coding confidence and skillsets.

How can I participate?

Register at this form. It takes about 1 minute! Registration closes April 10, 11:59 pm PST to ensure sufficient time to form teams.

Do I need a team to sign up?

Nope! You can sign up as an individual and we will help you meet other amazing people to create your hackathon team. You can also join our DevPost to introduce yourself to other hackers looking for teammates.

How big can teams be?

Teams can be comprised of 1-4 hackers. Teams must be finalized before the actual hacking begins!

What are the prizes?

We want to acknowledge that prizes are not the sole reason why you're here (we're all here to ideate and create for the sake of ideating and creating), but we also acknowledge that they can make your hackathon experience all the more memorable. Prizes consist of fun items, cash, credits, and various swag, to be annouced at the opening ceremony. And, of course, prestigious bragging rights, memories, etc. Sponsored tracks include sponsor-specific prizes.

How can I be a volunteer, mentor, or judge during the hackathon?

Send an email to 5chackathon@gmail.com. We'd love to have you on the team!


April 14–15, 2023

Date / Time Event Location
April 10 Hack Week begins schedule below!
April 14, 5:00 PM Hack Week ends schedule below!
April 14, 6:15 PM Check-in Estella Laboratory Courtyard
April 14, 6:30 PM Opening Ceremonies Estella Argue Auditorium
April 14, 7:00 PM Hacking officially begins
April 14, 10:30 PM Late Night Snack (Cane's Chicken) Edmunds Ballroom
April 15, 12:00 AM Midnight Run W/ Strava Edmunds Ballroom
April 15, 12:30 AM Donuts Edmunds Ballroom
April 15, 8:00 AM Breakfast by Bloomberg Edmunds Ballroom
April 15, 12:00 PM Mario Kart Tournament TBA
April 15, 3:00 PM Afternoon Snacks Edmunds Ballroom
April 15, 7:00 PM Project Submission Closes - Congrats! Devpost
April 15, 7:00 - 7:15 PM Closing ceremonies Edmunds Ballroom
April 18 Winners Announced Check your emails!

Hack Week

Hack Week is a weeklong series of workshops on technical skillsets, career development, product management, and socially relevant issues within the tech world.


Monday, April 10 - Friday, April 14

Hack Week events are at various times in the afternoons and evenings starting the Saturday before the Hackathon and wrapping up on the 5C Hackathon on Friday.


Want to learn intro coding skills and data analysis? Or even the fundamentals of tech ethics? Hack Week workshops will help you learn how to build and host a website, explore data with Python, and use GitHub with your next project.


Check out some projects and workshops from previous years at our GitHub page. During Hack Week, starter code for technical workshops may also be uploaded here.

Monday, April 10
Becoming 10x More Productive in the Terminal
Elvis Kaharo PO '20, Developer Experience Engineer at warp

Location: Zoom (register to get Meeting ID)

Time: 6:00 PM

APIs – Converting Your Class Assignments into Software Services
Sam Malagon CMC '15, CEO & CTO at Navfeas

Location: Rose Hills Theater, Pomona

Time: 7:00 PM

Tuesday, April 11
Intro to Python and Data Analysis
Millie Mince PO '23, Prev. Project Manager at P-ai, Intern at Square

Location: Edmunds 101, Pomona

Time: 5:00 PM

The World in Our Hands: Exploring ArcGIS
Jansen Comadena PO '22, Software Development Engineer at Esri

Location: Estella Argue Auditorium, Pomona

Time: 6:00 PM

Wednesday, April 12
Innovation in the Lens of a Project Manager
Cameron Edward PO '22, Product Manager at Microsoft

Location: Zoom (register to get Meeting ID)

Time: 5:00 PM

Liberal Arts as a Path to Technology Consulting
Isabella Deatherage PO '20, Cloud Advisory Consultant at Accenture

Location: Zoom (register to get Meeting ID)

Time: 6:00 PM

Neural Networks
Nate Getachew, PO '23, Project Manager at P-ai, Previous Intern at NerdWallet, Amazon

Location: Estella Argue Auditorium, Pomona

Time: 7:30 PM

Thursday, April 13
Web Dev for Makers
Samson Zhang PO '25, Project Member at P-ai, Creator of Web Dev For Makers

Location: Estella Argue Auditorium, Pomona, & Zoom (register to get Meeting ID)

Time: 6:30 PM

Friday, April 14
Resume Workshop with a Bloomberg Tech Recruiter: How to Market your Hackathon Experience
Nia Blessit, Entry Level Engineering Recruiter at Bloomberg

Location: Zoom (register to get Meeting ID)

Time: 11:00 AM

Ask-Me-Anything with an OpenAI Engineer
Simon Posada Fishman PO '19, Solutions Engineer at OpenAI

Location: Zoom (register to get Meeting ID)

Time: 12:30 PM

How Strava's Geo Team uses Apache Spark to Make Maps for Human-Powered Activities
Charlie Watson PO '17, Senior Server Engineer at Strava

Location: Hive Studio 1

Time: 4:00 PM




Wolfram Research
Google Cloud
Wolfram Research
Wolfram Research


Why sponsor?

Sponsoring is a great way to connect with incredibly talented and creative students at the elite Claremont Colleges in computer science and in other diverse fields. By sponsoring, you can get access to the resumes of hundreds of students, showcase your API or product, and see students make awesome projects. As a sponsor, you’ll also have the opportunity to mentor students and get them excited about programming!

Ready to sponsor?

Please see the sponsorship tiers below detailing the different ways in which you can be part of the 5C Hackathon. Can’t find a tier that works for you? Send us an email at 5chackathon@gmail.com and we’ll work out the details.

Sponsorship Tiers



+ Swag distribution

+ Logo on website, t-shirts, poster



Everything in Bronze

+ Access to participant resumé database

+ Send engineers, recruiters



Everything in Silver

+ Prizes sponsored in [your] name



Everything in Gold

+ Keynote Speaker

+ Special logo placement on website, t-shirts, posters

Code of Conduct

We value the participation of each individual and want to provide a positive experience for everyone. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees. To make clear what is expected, all attendees, speakers, and volunteers are required to follow our Code of Conduct. Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, safe space for all!
Be Respectful.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and racist, sexist, or exclusionary jokes or project content are not appropriate for this event and will not be tolerated.

Harassment includes but is not limited to: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion; inappropriate images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; unwelcome photography or recording; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome attention.

Be Open.

We welcome attendees from all backgrounds and skill levels – from “never been to a hackathon before” to seasoned developers. This event is about increasing innovation, partnership, and engagement in the technical community on campus.

Be Awesome.

Do your best. Learn something new. Don't take it too seriously!


Reach out to our organizing team with any questions or comments at 5chackathon@gmail.com.



Hannah Mandell


Catherine Byen

Hack Week

Emily Tomz


Sam Malik


Emily Gao

Web Dev

Seohyeon Lee, Aldo Ruiz Parra, Keyron Linarez

Campus Organizer

Sangeon Park

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