HackCU hosts the largest collegiate hackathon in the Rocky Mountain region at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Every spring, we bring together people of all experience levels, majors and backgrounds to CU Boulder. HackCU provides the space and the resources for you to express your creativity, ingenuity, and determination to create anything you want to within 24 hours.


Any student 18 or older is welcome to participate.

Hackathon Sponsors


$11,900 in prizes

1st prize

Philips Hue Bluetooth Custom Lights & Amazon Echo Dot

2nd prize

UE BOOM 2 speakers for each team member

3rd prize

Amazon Echo Dot

MapQuest API Prize

The hack with the best use of MapQuest's API will land its team a Roll 2 Wireless, Bluetooth & Waterproof Speaker from Ultimate Ears.
For more info, visit http://marketing.mapquest.com/HackCU-III.html?platform=hootsuite

Best use of Amazon Web Services

$250 Amazon Web Services Credit

Best domain name registered with Domain.com

Domain.com Swag bag


Use your tech skills for good and hack online harassment! Build a software solution that can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of online harassment. Members of the winning team receive Hack Harassment Battery Packs!

BMW Motorrad/Rever

Goal - Improve the connected motorcycle ride experience
How can other services/hardware (like the bike) be incorporated to create new connected experiences?

Examples include
Where is your friend Dave? Integrating social services or location services to see where other riders are or what other riders are doing.
Riding is not about A-B. Just plugging in an address and getting directions to there is not what motorcycle riding is about. Create a better way to find more exciting rides. Elevation, curvy roads, vista are important things to take note of. Highways are not fun.
Safety - What safety features can you build into motorcycle riding using technology
Integrating a weather service
Traffic services
Music services
Or come up with your own way to connect with your motorcycle or other riders.
Winning team members will be awarded Apple TVs.

Alteryx (3)

Use Alteryx to decrypt a blob of text. Go to table to get the text.

1st - Apple Watch (1 for each)
Top3 - Internship interviews

Workday: API prize

Build something that promotes outdoor activities in Colorado.
Prize: 4 camelbacks

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Arielle Blum

Arielle Blum
University of Colorado Boulder

Aileen Pierce

Aileen Pierce
University of Colorado Boulder

Kai Larsen

Kai Larsen
University of Colorado Boulder

Jeremy Johnstone

Jeremy Johnstone
Random Hacks of Kindness

Martha Cofran

Martha Cofran

Bob Wold

Bob Wold

Judging Criteria

  • Technology
    How technically impressive is 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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