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March 6 - 7


On March 6-7, we will be hosting our flagship annual hackathon, HackCU 007, in a virtual format, making it our biggest virtual hackathon yet! You will have the chance to create projects in any of the provided tracks. Submit your project to win a number of special prizes, or attend a few of our many workshops and seminars. Although we are disappointed that we are not able to host our in-person event, we are still very excited to provide students the opportunity to bring their projects to life!



HackCU's general challenge includes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners. This challenge will be evaluated based on the overall creativity of the team and their project, questions selected by HackCU organizers, as well as any additional criteria mandated by the judges.

All Beginner

Hackathons are a great way for beginners in technology—from the workshops to software resources provided by HackCU, we want first-time hackers to learn and build a project first hand. This track will assess the best hack created by a team of all beginner hackers.

Best UI/UX

As crucial as the technology behind a project is, for the best engagement from users it is necessary to have a good user interface that not only fits the needs of the user but also enhances their experience. The track will be judged based on the aesthetic nature of the project's user design, as well as how effectively it amplifies the purpose of the project.

Social Impact

Technology is a powerful tool that allows us to identify and combat real-world problems that billions of people face around the world today. This track will be assessed based on the project's ability to propose a resolution for a social issue.

Our Story

HackCU was started in 2014 by a group of passionate students who wanted to provide other students the time and space to work on projects they don't normally work on through school. Since then we've been committed to fulfilling our mission of bringing you high-quality, inclusive events open to people of all levels of experience.

Why You?

Like to write programs? Dig into interesting datasets? Design creative works? Or maybe you've never written a line of code? We will provide the space and the resources for you to express your creativity, ingenuity, and determination to create anything you want to. Whether you're building your first website, dabbling in Photoshop, or hacking with an Oculus Rift, HackCU is for you. HackCU is for people of all backgrounds and experiences. So, come and join us!


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon”. Anyone who has an interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build & share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Who can attend?

We welcome any student 18 or older to participate!

Do I need a team? How large are teams?

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 you offer travel reimbursement?

Reimbursement applications are now closed!

What if I have another question?

Tweet us at @hackcu or drop us a line at contact@hackcu.org

What if I am not a student?

Be a mentor! Help out with our hackathon! Check out the mentor window below to sign up.

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 must start from scratch when you arrive.

Do I have to be a programmer?

Absolutely not! It doesn’t matter if you are a designer, a writer, or a chemist. There is a place for you here. Prior to hacking, there will be a team formation session to help form teams.


Day 1


10:00 am

Opening Ceremony

11:00 am

Twilio Workshop

1:00 pm

Introduction to Neural Networks in Pytorch

2:00 pm

Spectrum Information Session

3:00 pm

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

4:00 pm

Introduction to Frontend Development with Next.JS

5:00 pm

Among Us

6:00 pm

Landing an Internship

7:00 pm


8:00 pm


Day 2


12:00 pm


2:00 pm

Closing Ceremonies


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