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!
Hours of Hacking
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.
A laptop, laptop charger, phone, chargers, headphones, a pillow, toiletries, an extra set of clothes, and a water bottle.
HackCU is absolutely free to attend, and we will be providing all meals, snacks, and refreshments!
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.
Be a volunteer or mentor! Sign up here.
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.
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!
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.
Yes, lots! We will provide three meals a day as well as snacks, drinks, and caffeine.
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.
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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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