Like to write programs? Dig into interesting datasets? Design creative works? Or maybe you’ve never written a line of code? We will provide the space and the resources for you to express your creativity, ingenuity, and determination to create anything you want to. Whether you’re building your first website, dabbling in Photoshop, or hacking with an Oculus Rift, HackCU is for you. HackCU is for people of all backgrounds and experiences. So, come and join us!


Any student, 18 or older, is welcome to apply!

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$32,987 in prizes

1st Prize

Nintendo Switch

2nd Prize

Beats Solo Wireless

3rd Prize

Backpack filled with swag and goodies (WD 1TB Hard Drive, Anker portable charger, Anker Soundcore 2, GitHub promo codes, stickers and more!)

4th Prize

GitHub Coupons for all team members

5th Prize

GitHub Coupons for all members

Most Unique

Hue Color Starter Kit

Judge's Favorite

Amazon Echo 2

Most Random

Insignia WiFi Smart Plugs

Best Beginner Hack

Raspberry PI

Most Devpost Likes

Amazon Fire TV Stick

Neo dApp Challenge

Competition on who can make the best and most innovative NEO Dapp. All documentation and support will be provided by two NEO lead developers.

Prize: 500 $GAS

FREEWAVE IoT App Challenge (3)

Create an application to process remote sensor data from a hypothetical edge environment.
The team that demonstrates the best use of Freewave Technologies Programmable Platform and develops a working application, wins. The members of the winning team receive $200 worth VISA cards each. The runner-up team will receive Raspberry Pi's and Raspberry Pi kits


utonomous systems, like drones, self-driving cars, and submersibles, are taking on new importance every day, and we want to see your ideas for the future. Build the best hack involving an unmanned system - land, sea, or air. Build the best hack involving an unmanned system - land, sea, or air - and win $500 in Amazon gift cards for your team.

Oppenheimer Funds/ Business Challenge (2)

Sentiment Analysis Challenge - Students should find correlations between societal/emotional trends and financial trends.
The Oppenheimer team will provide a paper detailing more specific requirements about the Catastrophe Bond challenge.
Winning teams will get priority admission to Leeds Wall Street and $100 scholarships

Alteryx Data Challenge (3)

What's the attendance of a specific event? Hackers will be given an unexplained data set and will need to get through a series of different challenges, in Alteryx, to determine a specific event that they will need to tell us the attendance of.

Prizes: 1st Place: AppleTV, 2nd Place: Echo Dot, 3rd Place: $50 Amazon Card, All: Interview with Alteryx

Twitter - Best use of Public API

Best hack that uses Twitter's Public API. Prize: Special Twitter Swag

Dish Network - GPS Sticker Labels

Tracking assets with sticker labels enabling GPS and connectivity through wireless now, and develop the project further to use NB-IOT. Winners get a certificate for free Sling TV. Winners also get to present their idea to the executives at Dish Network. More information at

Amazon Web Services - Best Use of AWS

$250 AWS Credit

Best Domain Name from

Raspberry Pi & PiHut Essentials Kit

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Arielle Blum

Arielle Blum

Kai Larsen

Kai Larsen
Leeds School of Business

Fletcher Richman

Fletcher Richman

Roberto Caccia

Roberto Caccia
Leeds School of Business Burridge Center for Finance

Kyle Judah

Kyle Judah
Entrepreneurship for Engineering

Julian Weiser

Julian Weiser

Bob Wold

Bob Wold

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive was the hack?
  • Design
    How intuitive is the user interface and experience?
  • Completion
    How complete is the hack and was the team able to accomplish what they wanted to achieve?
  • Learning
    How much did the team stretch themselves to learn something new?

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