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UC Berkeley Startup Accelerator and Nonprofit Cal Hacks to Host Generative AI Hackathon

Berkeley SkyDeck, a startup accelerator at the University of California, Berkeley, and Cal Hacks, a nonprofit organization devoted to fostering a culture of hacking, entrepreneurship, and social good, are teaming up to create a two-day generative AI hackathon to explore the potential of large language models and build a new generation of responsible AI. Taking place June 17-18 on the UC Berkeley campus, the Berkeley LLM Hackathon is offering more than $250,000 in prizes, including the chance to join the Berkeley SkyDeck portfolio of startups.

Participants will have access to the invite-only OpenAI API (including GPT-4 access), plugins, and other tools, as well as workshops presented by UC Berkeley researchers, mentorship opportunities, and other resources. The top four teams, selected by a panel of judges from venture capital firms such as Sequoia, Mayfield, and Lightspeed, will receive $50,000 each from Berkeley SkyDeck to pursue their project full-time.

The competition is open to college and university students, new graduates, and young alumni (those who have received their undergraduate degree within the past 10 years). For more information, visit the hackathon website.

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