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About Our Events

HackCU is our flagship 24-hour hackathon where more than 400 of the most passionate student developers come together to build mobile apps, websites, hardware devices, and other cool tools to show off their talent and skills!
Along with HackCU, the organizing team hosts a variety of other hackathons such as Local Hack Day, Phase (our hardware hackathon), and many more! Additionally, we host workshops throughout the year to help students expand their skill sets and learn new things. Workshops feature a wide range of topics from landing your first tech internship to learning how to use Github to exploring biocomputation principles.

Volunteers / Mentors

Since our events are remote this semester, we are currently not looking for volunteers or mentors. If you are interested in volunteering or mentoring with us in the future, please fill out our interest form! Please note that volunteers must be current CU students, and mentors should not currently be enrolled in college.
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Hack for Impact

18 September, 2020

Design Hackathon


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Intro to Git

29 September, 2020

Past Events


Spring 2020

HackCU V

Spring 2019


Fall 2018


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 have to know how to code?

Absolutely not! It doesn’t matter if you are a designer, a writer, or a chemist; there is a place for you here.

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.

How much does HackCU cost?

HackCU and all events within HackCU are absolutely free to attend!

Will there be food?

Plenty, we will provide three meals a day as well as snacks, drinks, and caffeine.

Will you offer travel reimbursement?

Reimbursement applications are now closed!

What should I bring?

In order to check-in, you must have a government or school-issued ID. But, you should also bring your laptop, laptop charger, phone, chargers, headphones, toiletries, and a reusable water bottle. However, please be aware that there is no sleeping allowed at the venue, so please plan accordingly.

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.

What if I am not a student?

Be a volunteer or mentor! Help out with our hackathon! Fill out the Volunteer or Mentor forms here.

What if I have another question?

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

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