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Humans of LA Hacks 2014

By Austin Yu

April 13, 2014 12:00 p.m.

"It's been absolutely phenomenal. I first got involved with this through Bruin Entrepreneurs and then I came on board running sponsorships. It's been a wonderful experience. I think it's been incredible as it offers a platform for people to learn really fast, for companies to come out and to support UCLA and entrepreneurship in the country in general. We are loving the support that UCLA is giving us and we hope to do it again next year, probably even better," second-year mathematics/economics student Varadh Jain said.

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"We're working on a Pebble Smartwatch controlled quadcopter [so] we could use wrist horizontal and vertical motion to control the direction of a drone." Flintridge Preparatory School student Ankur Jain said.

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"It's an intelligent dashboard which was originally designed for Chromecast but the wifi has some issues so we're making it a Chrome extension now. It's like an intelligent dashboard for your house so when you wake up in the morning it'll turn on your TV, show you your appointments for the day, how long it takes to get to work, what the weather's like, and when you get home...well we haven't implemented all of this yet, but it'll show you recommended movies, what time your alarm is set for the next morning, and events for the next day." first-year USC computer engineering and computer science student Vinnie Magro said.

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"We're going to make a game. It's a proximity game so if you're in the same room and the phones detect each other, you can engage in a fight with the other person. You get experience points for being next to other people and not getting into fights and then you level up and you get awards and stuff as time goes on." startup developer Brian Fudge said.

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"Today we're building an application that's going to help connect people who might otherwise feel awkward or anxious in social environments." fourth-year Cal Poly Pomona computer science student Bryan Thornbury said.

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"So far this thing is made out of primarily propreitary components and so what we did is we found a loophole in the way almost all RC radios transmit their control frequency to the drone so we're trying to exploit that loophole and take control of the drone with Leapmotion." (Left to right) Pierce Community College student Casey Spencer, Loyola Marymount University student Chris Vigiletta, Purdue University student Christopher Price

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"We're making a social app which lets you log into Facebook and...the app takes information based on your likes and stuff and helps you meet somewhere or meet someone of similar interests," third-year UC Riverside computer science student Stephanie Tong said.

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"We're working on an app that's going to teach people through gamified learning basically through games and quizzes and interaction€“ about the stock market and the basics so people can learn to invest and trade," Rachel Fox said. Fox, 17, finished homeschool early and defines herself as a stock trader.

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"€œIt is so important to choose the right lawyer off of the bat. The right lawyer will save you, and even if it means finding the best lawyer you can, if it means paying a tiny bit of equity, a small equity right now to work with a lawyer who knows all of the top investors and has represented the top companies is definitely worth it. But it doesn'€™t mean you have to make it easy for them, you should give them a bit of a fight," founder and CEO of Quixey Tomer Kagan said.

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