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The Hackathon will begin in:

February 7th - February 9th, 2020

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

Sponsored Prizes

Apple Watch Nike Series 5

Best Use of Xpring


$1000 per winning group

Most Promising Startup


Google Home Mini

Best use of Google Cloud

MLH Backpacks

Best Domain Registered with


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 Hack


Accuweather Swag bag

Best use of Accuweather API


2020 Schedule




5:00pm Check-in Begins

5:00pm Career Fair/Networking Begins

6:00pm Dinner

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




8:30am Breakfast

9:00am Showers Open

9:00amWii Sports Tournament Starts

1:00pm Lunch

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pmMLH Slideshow Karaoke

10:00pmDevPost Workshop

10:00pmShowers Close




1:00amLate Night Karaoke

8:00am Breakfast

8:00am Submission Deadline

9:30am Expo

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.

My question wasn't answered here

Please email us at info@hackku.orgwith all your questions!

Meet the Team

Emilia Paz


Ryan Pope


Colin Floyd

Sponsorship Chair

Trenton Potter

Finance Chair

Eric Higgins

Food Chair

Nolan Blankenau

Rules, Events, & Logistics Chair

Sherman Choi

Rules, Events, & Logistics Comittee

Harrison Luo

Rules, Events, & Logistics Comittee

Elena Zavala

Marketing Chair

H.A. Le

Marketing Chair

Ethan Behrends

Merchandise Chair

Zak Kulphongpatana

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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