What is HackKU?
HackKU is an annual 36-hour hackathon at the University of Kansas, where students can have the opportunity to innovate new ideas, discover different paths, and push the boundaries of technology.
As believers in innovation, we know that everyone is inherently innovative and we want them to feel comfortable doing so at our event. As such, we ask that all attendees follow the MLH Code of Conduct.
Nintendo Switch Lite
1st Place - Track 1
Amazon Echo Show 8 & Amazon Fire Stick
1st Place - Track 2
Sony WH-XB900N Wireless Noise Canceling Extra Bass Headphones
1st Place - Track 3
Raspberry SC15184 Pi 4 Model B 2019 Quad Core 64 Bit
2nd Place - Track 1
Amazon Alexa 3rd Gen
2nd Place - Track 2
Anker Soundcore 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker
2nd Place - Track 3
Apple Watch Nike Series 5
Best Use of Xpring
$1000 per winning group
Most Promising Startup
Google Home Mini
Best use of Google Cloud
Best Domain Registered with Domain.com
UiPath/MLH Branded Backpack + Skip the internship line with UiPath
Best UiPath Automation Hack
Tile Sticker Smart Tracker + a chance to be featured on Radar's blog
Most Creative Radar.io Hack
Accuweather Swag bag
Best use of Accuweather API
5:00pm Check-in Begins
5:00pm Career Fair/Networking Begins
7:00pm Opening Ceremony Begins
8:00pm Team Creation
8:00pm Hacking Begins
8:15pm Beginners Workshop
9:00pm AWS Website Workshop
10:00pm Ripple Workshop
9:00am Showers Open
9:00amWii Sports Tournament Starts
7:00pmMLH Slideshow Karaoke
1:00amLate Night Karaoke
8:00am Submission Deadline
11:00am Closing Ceremony
Question & Answer
Who can attend?
If you're a student, we'd love to have you at HackKU! Whether that's high school, undergrad, or graduate, we believe you can get something out of the event. KU does have some rules for high school students due to liability. If you are under 18 and not a KU student, please fill out this Participation Agreement.
How big are teams?
Teams can consist of anywhere from 1-4 people. If you do win a prize, we'll have one for each person on your team.
What should I bring?
You'll need a photo ID for check-in, in addition to your usual hacking gear like laptops, chargers, desktop computers, and your flux capacitor. We'll also have showers, so we recommend bringing toiletries as well.
How much does HackKU cost?
Nothing! We'll also have food, snacks, and prizes.
Can I work on existing projects?
Unfortunately, you can't. You can use third-party APIs, libraries, and frameworks, but any of your past projects are off-limits. See MLH policy for more information.
Do you offer travel reimbursements?
Unfortunately, we won't be able to offer reimbursements for travel expenses.
Will you have hardware available?
We'll have access to the MLH Hardware Lab, including things like Oculus Rifts, LeapMotions, and Alienware laptops.
What if I get tired?
We'll have quiet rooms where you can rest for a few hours.
Help! I want to come but I don't know how to code!
There will be several workshops at the beginning of the hackathon where you can learn how to make things like websites and video games. We'll also have several industry mentors at the event to help you out.
Where is HackKU?
HackKU will be held at LEEP2 in Lawrence, Kansas.
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Meet the Team
Rules, Events, & Logistics Chair
Rules, Events, & Logistics Comittee
Rules, Events, & Logistics Comittee
Web Development & Registration Chair
Our Gracious Sponsors
HackKU depends on the support of our sponsors in order to operate. Each of our sponsors provide resources that are used to help HackKU grow. We'd like to recognize our sponsors in order to thank them for their generosity.
If you would like to learn more about sponsoring HackKU, here is a link to our Sponsorship Handbook.
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