April 1st - 3rd, 2016

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Welcome to HackCU!

HackCU hosts the largest annual 36-hour hackathon in the Rocky Mountain region at the University of Colorado, Boulder. We are encouraging people of all different experience levels, majors, and backgrounds to join. HackCU is giving you an opportunity to express your creativity, ingenuity and determination to create something amazing.

Who can apply?

Any current college student who is 18+ on April 1st, 2016.

Can I start before the event?

You can think of ideas for your project, but you need to start basically from scratch when you arrive.

Do you offer travel reimbursement?

We will not be able to offer travel reimbursement this year, however, we are planning on having it for the future.

What should I bring?

Laptop, chargers, change of clothes, toiletries, pillow.

Will there be food?

Yes, lots! We will provide three meals a day as well as snacks, drinks, and caffeine.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where motivated people come together and use technology and creativity to build something amazing. Any designers, writers, computer scientists or anyone interested in hackathons are welcome to attend!

What about teams?

Don't have a team? We got you covered. We will have time before hacking begins for hackers to get together and form teams. You can have a maximum of 4 members on your team.

How can I help out?

We always need more volunteers and mentors! Sign up here!

Have another question or concern?

Feel free to contact us on Facebook or Twitter. You can also shoot us an email.

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Schedule

Friday April 1st

5:00pm Arrival and Check-in
6:00pm Opening Ceremonies
7:00pm Dinner
7:30pm Team Formation
7:30pm Hardware Check-out
8:00pm Hacking Begins

Saturday April 2nd

Midnight Milk and Cookies
8:00am Breakfast
8:00am Writeathon Check-in
9:00am Writeathon begins
10:00am Women's Coffee Hour
12:00pm Lunch
6:30pm Dinner
9:00pm Writeathon ends
10:00pm Writeathon Presentations

Sunday April 3rd

Midnight Soda Floats and Ice Cream
7:00am Breakfast
9:30amHacking ends
10:00am Expo Starts
12:00pm Closing Ceremonies
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Writeathon

April 2nd, 2016

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Fletcher

HackCU has expanded to include a 12-hour Writeathon! This event is the first of its kind where you have 12 hours to transform your creative ideas onto paper. From 9am to 9pm, you will be writing anything you want to: the blog you never started, start a novel, poetry, journalism, technical writing. The sky is the limit! Free to apply, free to attend, free food, and free drinks. All you need to bring is yourself and some creative ideas! Join the Facebook event here.

Our Amazing Team

Dawson Botsford

Dawson Botsford

Co-Founder, Director of Operations

Alex Campbell

Alex Campbell

Co-Founder, Director of Outreach

Alex Walling

Alex Walling

Co-Founder, Director of Media and Design

Alex Luo

Alex Luo

Sponsorship Organizer

Spencer Hanson

Spencer Hanson

Operations Support

Jessie Albarian

Jessie Albarian

Director of Tech and Design

Drew Casner

Drew Casner

Web Designer

Carlos Herrero

Carlos Herrero

Sponsorship Organizer

Austin Holler

Austin Holler

Sponsorship Organizer

Brandon Mikulka

Brandon Mikulka

Community Outreach

Simon Hewat

Simon Hewat

Community Outreach

Michael Swisher

Michael Swisher

Developer

Interested in joining the HackCU team? We want you! Contact us for more details.

Judges

Fletcher

Fletcher

Fletcher works for Galvanize Ventures, an early stage technology focused venture fund, where he helps source and support high growth startups. Fletcher graduated from CU with a degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering in 2014. While in school, he co-founded Spark Boulder and ran it as managing director while working as a Growth Engineer for PivotDesk, a Techstars company. Fletcher loves skiing and prides himself on being an early adopter.

Mark

Mark

Mark spent a decade behind bars back in the day (operating some of South Beach's hottest nightclubs and restaurants) and traveling the world. He lived and worked on a cattle ranch in Florissant, CO before moving to Boulder and earning his MFA in Writing & Poetics at Naropa. He's published his writing, taught college English, and has directed employee communications for two of our states largest employers. He is finishing Boulder's first net-zero shipping container home just up the road. He is an active angel investor who spends as little time with technology as possible and is currently helping Ello transform the social media landscape by empowering creators, embracing tolerance, diversity, transparency and ethical technologies, and engendering a revenue model that doesn't relay on selling user data to serve ads.

Greg

Greg

Greg is a 25+ year veteran of software engineering and holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science & Engineering with thesis work in parallel processing. In the last ten years, Greg has built and directed engineering teams in Boulder's startup community and helped found and serve as CTO at Collective Intellect, which was recently purchased by Oracle. He then moved to the VP of Engineering role at Gnip. Greg is now the Director of Engineering for the Data Products organization within Twitter.

Becky

Becky

Becky is the Assistant Director of the Idea Forge and the Managing Director of Catalyze CU, the university startup accelerator. Her background is in structural engineering where she spent most of her time hanging from buildings and climbing on bridges. After transitioning into education, she gained an interest in human-centered design and hands-on education. Her goal is to help engineering students realize their potential as leaders and change-makers.

Nigel

Nigel

After his studies in London, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and digital technology, Sharp – based in Armenia – became the director of information technology (IT) for the world’s largest creative technologies organization. Sharp then co-founded Lionsharp, which produces Voiceboard, the world’s first gesture and voice-controlled presentation tool. Sharp is a go-to for discussions about software and hardware product design and development along with team building and culture forming, early-stage fundraising and pitch preparation.

Brandon

Brandon

Brandon is a CU alumnus and fifteen-year veteran of the software industry. He has done a little bit of everything, from graphic design to mainframe integration for Fortune 500 companies to running a software consultancy. As Director of Community Development for SendGrid, he works to help developers, accelerators, startups, and growth stage companies build for success.

Arielle

Arielle

Arielle is an artist, technologist, and educator whose work explores the imaginative use of emerging technologies and spans the fields of physical computing, interaction design, and conceptual art. She is a graduate of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program (ITP) and currently an instructor of creative technology courses in the Technology, Arts & Media (TAM) Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Arielle’s focus as a designer and educator is on empowering students and communities through the exploration of interactive systems and the use of digital tools.

Arieann

Arieann

Arieann has spent the last decade as a serial entrepreneur and scientist. Currently she is the founder and CEO of Kitables, a company that empowers people of all ages to build with confidence. She is also the Executive Director of Spark Boulder, the co-working space for young companies and entrepreneurs.

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