We Are HackUConn

HackUConn is a 20-hour marathon event that aims to bring together UConn undergraduate innovators across all majors and industry experts for a non-stop, fast-paced innovation competition. Students form groups at the start of the event and combine their technical skills and competencies with the resources we provide such as hacking supplies, 3D printers, laser cutters, and mentorship. The event is 100% free for all participants and funded by our generous sponsors. Throughout the competition mini events will take place such as talks by guest speakers, workshops, and chances to interact with industry professionals. Of course, food and snacks are provided and always free!

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What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a multi-day event where students from all over the world can come together to build projects that have the potential to change the world. The great thing about hackathons is that they teach students about software and hardware development while also allowing them to explore their creativity and ideas with no limits. By the end, students will learn new skills and make valuable connections for the future.

When and where is it?

HackUConn will be taking place in Werth Tower at UConn Storrs starting March 1st at 4:00pm until 12:00pm on March 2nd, 2024.

Who can participate?

Undergraduate students of all majors at UConn are welcome to participate! Even if you don’t have any coding experience, there will still be plenty of opportunities for you to make a contribution and have a chance to win.

What is the theme for this year’s HackUConn?

This year's competition completely revolves around the importance of Public Safety.

Will there be prizes?

Yep! Each team will have a chance to compete for scholarship/cash prizes!

Will food be provided?

Yes! Breakfast and dinner will be provided in addition to snacks throughout the event.

How do I register?

Here is the link to register: https://nexus.uconn.edu/secure_per/events/event_registration.php?ser=7908&rc=2222406507.

How do I go about creating/finding a team?

Overall team size is limited to 5 people max. If you are coming with a team, a team registration form will be distributed at the beginning of the event. If you don’t have a team, that’s no problem! We will have team forming events before we kickoff!

How much does it cost?

HackUConn is completely free! Not only is the event costless, but you will also receive some cool swag if you participate!

When can I start hacking?

Hacking can only be done during the announced hacking period. Also note that no prior work/projects can be brought in.


Previous Participants Majors: ACES, Applied Resource Economics, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Business Analytics and Project Management, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Communication, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Consumer Behavior, Digital Media & Design, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science, Finance, History, Human Development and Family Services, Illustration/Animation, Industrial Engineering, Management and Engineering for Manufacturing, Management Information System, Marketing, Materials Science and Engineering + Biological Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular and Cell Biology, Natural Resources, Physics, Physiology and Neurobiology, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Science Education, Sociology, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Statistics, Structural Biology & Biophysics, Undecided, etc.


The UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Society held its first hackathon, HackUConn 2016 Smart Cities, on April 1 and 2. Hackathons are an opportunity for designers, engineers, and other interested individuals to come together and innovate hardware and software solutions to real problems. These have become regular events at institutions known for their innovative nature and this event demonstrates UConn’s support for hackathons and their relevance to learning.