“You have this time period; 36 hours in LA Hacks case, to build this product that could go on and do something great or change the whole industry even. It’s such a raw form of starting a company and I think the people who thrive in hackathons, have what it takes to go on to do great things because it’s such a challenging environment that really drives you to do big things.
The future is actually the most exciting part of it right now… We kind of see [LA Hacks] as this sort of flagship program that can really show that UCLA and Los Angeles in general can really be a tech center, and already sort of is in a way. We hear the term Stanford of the South being thrown around, but it’s underappreciated and unknown that there are a lot of resources down here, there are a lot of people who are excited about tech, there’s a lot of great companies - Tinder, Snapchat- and this Silicon Beach movement.”
Drew and Daniel are both students at UCLA studying economics and chemical engineering respectively. This summer, Drew is a product intern at a mobile dating startup, and Daniel is now working as legal intern at Obagi and Stodder, having previously worked as an iOS developer for Raft. They will both be directing the largest and most diverse hackathon in the country, LA Hacks, this upcoming year. In addition to the main hackathon at LA Hacks, there will be Hackcamp, which teaches first-timers how to code so they can be active participants in the hackathon.
Drew Glicker and Daniel Graupensperger (left to right) | LA Hacks