> When is HackKU?
HackKU will run from 8:00 p.m April 20th to 4:00 p.m. April
22nd in the Engineering Complex at the University of Kansas –

> Is coding experience required?
No! All students who want to learn about coding, technology,
design, and building new things are welcome. If you’re a
beginner, this is the perfect opportunity to learn something

> What is the cost for the Hackathon?
Nothing! It’s free to participate and we provide food and
drinks along the way.

> What to bring?
• Hardware: Do bring your laptop and any accessories it
requires. We should have enough plug sockets, but
chargers, cables and such will be your responsibility.
• Sleeping: There will be a sleeping area but for your
own comfort we recommend bringing a sleeping bag or
a blanket.
• Photo ID: You must bring a government-issued photo
ID with you to check in, and the name on the ID must
match the name entered during registration.

> Are meals provided?
Yes! You will be able to access food with a badge given during

> Will there be any help?
Don’t hesitate to ask someone with a mentor shirt to help, they
can help any team!

> What is the Wi-Fi?
You will be able to log in KU GUEST and KU Passport

> What happens if I need to contact the organizers?
For any kind of problems during the event, the best way to
reach us is via Discord
For urgent event-related problems please contact Taylor Walenczyk (417
459-7752), or any other HackKU organizer or volunteer.


A full schedule for Hack KU is available in the participant's handbook.


Teams forming will occur at the event and will be no larger than five people.

All members must be current university students or recently graduated (within 1 year).


Along with your finished (or unfinished) project, we also want you to use Github for version control and for us and other participants to view your code. When submitting your project, please also include a link to your public Github repo.

Hackathon Sponsors


$14,800 in prizes

Fitbit Charge 2 (1 per group member)

Amazon Echo (1 per group member)

Amazon Echo Dot (1 per group member)

JetBrains IDE Personal License

Wolfram Mathematica Pro Licenses (6)

Raspberry Pi 3 (1 per group member) (3)

Sony XB650BT Over-the-Ear Wireless Headphones (1 per group member)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Please register here, if you haven't already.


Dr. Arvin Agah

Dr. Arvin Agah
University of Kansas

Dr. Garrett Morris

Dr. Garrett Morris
University of Kansas

Dr. Gary Minden

Dr. Gary Minden
University of Kansas

David Adiutori

David Adiutori

Judging Criteria

  • Learning
    Did the team stretch themselves? Did they try to learn something new? What kind of projects have they worked on before? If a team which always does VR projects decides to switch up and try doing a mobile app instead, that exploration should be rewarded.
  • Design
    Did the team put thought into the user experience? How well designed is the interface? For a website, this might be about how beautiful the CSS or graphics are. For a hardware project, it might be more about how good the human-computer interaction is.
  • Completion
    Does the hack work? Did the team achieve everything they wanted?
  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack? Was the technical problem the team tackled difficult? Did it use a particularly clever technique or did it use many different components? Did the technology involved make you go "Wow"?

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