This past weekend we brought 400+ students, organizers, and sponsors to the wolf law building on the CU Boulder campus for 24 hours of non-stop hacking, experimenting, and learning. This was the third edition of our annual event and my first hackathon as a director. Every year HackCU has doubled in size, and this year we took it to the next level with over 400 hackers. For the first time ever we were able to provide travel reimbursement, flying in 50 hackers from out of state, enabling students from schools like New York University, the University of Georgia, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Wisconsin Madison, Stanford, and more to attend.
HackCU is organized entirely by students. We believe that events like this catalyze innovation at the University of Colorado and in the broader Boulder ecosystem, helping to establish CU as the innovation university. Over the course of 24 hours it was incredible to see what the hackers built. We saw projects to help people with autism understand social cues, a search engine that finds the exact spot a topic is mentioned in a lecture video, clever hacks to use siri on the web, and much more. We are incredibly proud of the hacker community at CU and are excited to see it continue to grow.
I want to thank Twitter, Keysight Technologies, Workday, Alteryx, the Foundry Group Boulder Portfolio, Deloitte, Mapquest, Zayo Group, BMW/Rever, IBM, Travelport, LogRhythm, Github, and Linode for supporting HackCU. You all made this event possible. Our organizing team is passionate about putting on these events, giving up nights and weekends, figuring out logistics, talking to sponsors, marketing the event, building the website and tools, reviewing applications, and much more. There is no other group of people I’d rather hack with more, and I’m stoked to see how we continue to scale HackCU next year.
Thank you all!
Carl Cortright, Co-Director of HackCU