What is HackKU?

HackKU is an annual 36-hour hackathon hosted by the University of Kansas, where students can have the opportunity to innovate new ideas, discover different paths, and push the boundaries of technology. Work with teams of up to four people to create unique solutions to real-world problems. Projects can range from web applications and video games to drones and fitness devices.

Covid-19 Precautions

We want to provide an enriching, meaningful experience, and in order to do that, we will do our best to ensure the safety of our hackers. HackKU will be hosted online in accordance to recommendations from the KU School of Engineering.

Questions and Answers

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.

How big are the teams?

Teams can consist of anywhere from 1-4 people.

You are not required to form your own teams

How much does HackKU cost?

Nothing! We'll also have swag and prizes.


April 9-11, 2021



Other questions?

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Dates and Times (CT) Events
April 9, 5:00pm Sponsor Fair
April 9, 7:00pm Opening Ceremony
April 9, 8:00pm Hacking Start!
April 10, 9:00am - 9:00pm Workshops and Events!
April 11, 8:00am Hacking Ends
April 11, 9:00am Project Exposition
April 11, 11:30am Closing Ceremony


Oculus Quest 2

1st Place - General Track

Paper Shoot Camera

2nd Place - General Track

Logitech Wireless Mouse

3rd Place - General Track

Nintendo Switch

1st Place - Health Tech Track

Fitbit Charge 4

2nd Place - Health Tech Track

Raspberry Pi 4

3rd Place - Health Tech Track

Allbirds Gift Card


Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones

Hackers' Choice Award

MLH Prizes

More prizes from MLH! We will be having the Google Cloud, the Best Domain, and the Hardware Hack awards.

Meet The Team

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Eric Higgins


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Ryan Pope


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Ethan Behrends

Vice Chair

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Elena Zavala


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Lucas Brakenridge


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Minwoo Lee


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Firangiz Ganbarli

Rules, Events, Logistics

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Jerusha Rowden

Rules, Events, Logistics

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Truan Leiker


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.

Tera Tier

Giga Tier

Mega Tier

Major League Hacking 2021 Hackathon Season