Heads up! We don't have a set date for TerribleHack, but keep posted for updates!

Most hackathons are about coming up with innovative new ideas and making plausible startup prototypes. TerribleHack is different. We are all about making terrible hacks! Take some time to make your bad ideas a reality.

How it works

We start at 10am Pacific on Saturday. You'll have the weekend to work on a project. Chat on Discord with us as you go! Demos will be at 5pm Pacific on Sunday, where we'll join together for a video call to show our projects to each other. Can't make the call? Feel free to send a demo video as well, and we will all watch it together!

Sign up regardless of whether you've got a team, you don't have one but want help finding one, you'd rather make something on your own, or even if you just want to spectate!

Past ideas

Need inspiration? Here are some of the fun projects people have left us to decipher in previous iterations of TerribleHack.

Dab Coin

Proof-of-dab based cryptocurrency. It's like proof of work, but you can only mine blocks if the data from your device accelerometer indicates that you are dabbing.

By Marcel O'Neil, David Gu, and Curtis Chong for TerribleHack XI, 2018


Use the Google speech-to-text API to generate presentation slides as you talk! Turn what you say into bullet points and fetch clipart from the internet live as you speak.

By Tristan Hume and Marc Mailhot for TerribleHack IV, 2016

Smoke Detector Detector

Smoke detectors are disruptive and annoying, so to warn you about nearby smoke detectors, this machine starts a fire, listens for smoke detector alarms, and then alerts you when it detects a smoke detector.

By Spencer Whitehead, Alex Foley, Ethan Guo, and Scholar Sun for TerribleHack VI, 2017

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