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.

Applications are now closed. Keep an eye out for us Spring 2018!


Our goals for HackCU III




Awesome Projects


Energy Drinks


Hours of Hacking


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?

Applications for travel reimbursement for HackCU 2017 are now closed. 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


Arielle's picture

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.

Aileen's picture

Aileen has been an instructor for the ATLAS Technology, Arts, and Media program at CU Boulder since 2004. Aileen teaches courses focusing on mobile app and web development as well as the integration of programming into new media. Aileen holds a B.S. in Math/Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University. She spent nine years in Silicon Valley working at Oracle and two startups in product marketing and technical support before moving to Boulder.

Kai's picture

Kai Larsen is an associate professor in the Leeds School of Business as well as in the Department of Information Science. He has been teaching at CU for 16 years and focuses on Automated Machine Learning. His research addresses the underlying cognitive structure of questionnaire data using Natural Language Processing approaches. His favorite activity is to work on Math with his 9-year-old daughter.

Jeremy's picture

Jeremy Johnstone is a renaissance man who applies his knowledge and experience towards his passion to connect people to their passions, communities, and the world’s knowledge. In addition to holding senior and/or leadership roles in major Internet companies, he’s participated or organized over 300 developer hack days around the globe and is a cofounder of Random Hacks of Kindness, the organization which brought social good hack days into the mainstream.

Martha's picture

Martha Cofran received her BA from Regis University in Computer Information Systems. Even before graduating Martha, was an integral part of the tech community in the North Denver metro area. She has been with Sovrn for the past 3yrs with a primary focus on the AdTech line but has recently moved into a broader role as Sr. Director of Engineering. Martha's passion for engineering comes from devising solutions to help publishers do more of what they love. She is excited to have the opportunity to observe the innovative solutions presented by the enthusiastic participants of HackCU.

Bob's picture

Bob Wold is a Technology Executive leveraging 18+ years of Engineering leadership to broadly apply leading technologies like Data Science, IoT, GPS, Machine Control Systems to various domains such as Agriculture, Transportation, and Logistics. Having started his career in the world of startups, Bob is passionate about, developing a culture of innovation that solves real life problems in creative ways. Bob is the Engineering Director of Agricultural Business Solutions for Trimble

Contact Us

Please email your questions or comments to contact@hackcu.org