HackCU Episode III

University of Colorado Boulder

April 22nd to April 23rd 2017

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About Us

HackCU hosts the largest annual hackathon in the Rocky Mountain region at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Every spring, we bring together people of all experience levels, majors and backgrounds to CU Boulder. HackCU provides the space and the resources for you to express your creativity, ingenuity, and determination to create anything you want to. We welcome any and all students to apply.

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Our goals for HackCU III




Awesome Projects


Energy Drinks


Hours of Hacking


Subject to change

Saturday, Apr. 22nd

08:30 AM


09:30 AM

Opening Ceremony

11:00 AM

Team Formation
Career Fair

12:00 PM

Hacking Begins!

06:00 PM


11:00 PM


Sunday, Apr. 23rd

08:00 AM


10:00 AM

Women's Coffee Hour

11:59 AM

Hacking Ends!

12:00 PM

Project Expo / Judging

02:30 PM

Closing Ceremony

We've got lots of mini events, such as tech talks and coding games, along the way :)


All the important questions. Answered.

Who can attend?

We welcome any student 18 or older to participate! We always welcome volunteers, mentors, and sponsors to attend as well. Contact us for more information.

What do I bring?

A laptop, laptop charger, phone, chargers, headphones, a pillow, toiletries, an extra set of clothes, and a water bottle.

How much does HackCU cost?

HackCU is absolutely free to attend, and we will be providing all meals, snacks, and refreshments!

Will you offer travel reimbursement?

We will be offering limited travel reimbursement this year! Check out our travel page for more info.

What if I am not a student?

Be a volunteer or mentor! Sign up here.

Do I have to be a programmer?

Absolutely not! It doesn’t matter if you are a designer, a writer, or a chemistry major. There is a place for you here. There will be a team formation session at the beginning of the event to help form teams.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where motivated people come together and use technology and creativity to build something amazing. Any designers, writers, computer scientists or anyone interested in hackathons are welcome to attend!

Do I need a team? How large can my team be?

Don't have a team? We got you covered. We will have time before hacking begins for hackers to get together and form teams. You can have a maximum of 4 members on your team.

Will there be food?

Yes, lots! We will provide three meals a day as well as snacks, drinks, and caffeine.

Can I reuse a previous project?

You can NOT use anything that you have started prior to the event. You can think of ideas for your project, but you need to start from scratch when you arrive.

Have another question?

Feel free to contact us on Facebook, Twitter, or shoot us an email at Contact[at]HackCU.org.


You need to check-in at 8:30 AM at the Mathematics Building
Once the opening ceremony gets over at 10:30 AM, you will be moved to the Wolf Law building

Volunteer or Mentor

Want to help out at HackCU? Sign up to be a mentor! You will receive a mentor/volunteer guide with more info before the event.




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My name is Arielle Blum, I am a faculty instructor with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I have been teaching here at CU for 3 years, and I am the faculty adviser for the CU Quadcopter Club. I completed both a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. I am interested in machine learning, soft robotics, and I make synthesizers in my spare time.

Contact Us

Please email your questions or comments to [email protected]