Just Design is a 48-hour, virtual designathon created by a team of students from UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz. Here, students can express their passion and skills through design to create solutions they feel empowered about. From guest speeches to workshops to industry panelists in different design-related fields, our event will have many empowering leaders to share their insights and wisdom with you. 

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This event is open to any students currently attending a university within the United States and Canada. You will be required to sign up using your university email, email@youruniversity.edu.


You need to submit a link to the prototyped project you have made in the span of the designathon.

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$30 in prizes

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Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Pooja Patel
UX Researcher @ Zendesk

Shruti Desai

Shruti Desai
UX Designer @ Safeway

Matthew Oey

Matthew Oey
Digital Designer @ Workdom

James B. Pollack

James B. Pollack
UX Designer & Creator of Playable Future LLC.

Joshua Moon
Senior UX Design Specialist @ Charles Schwab

Amanda S. Powell

Amanda S. Powell
UX Designer @ The Home Depot

Calvin Zheng

Calvin Zheng
Product Designer @ HM Bradley

Marissa Louie

Marissa Louie
UX Director @ Expedia

Judging Criteria

  • Best UI Design
    The project clearly exhibits creative and effective design strategies to retain and interest users. It is thoughtful, innovative, and inventive.
  • Most User Centric
    Is this project user friendly and user centric? Does it have proper structure and easy user flows?
  • Most Impactful Solution
    The project demonstrates a clear and precise structure for users to tackle the issue at hand and come to a cohesive solution.

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