HackKU is the annual 36-hour hackathon hosted by students from the Association for Computing Machinery at the University of Kansas. Participants will get to spend the weekend learning and developing their programming skills while working on a new project, while also having the opportunity to attend workshops, interact with industry sponsors, receive mentorship, and participate in fun events. We’ll also have free swag and food all weekend, and lots of prizes! Work with teams of up to 4 people to create unique solutions to real-world problems. Students from all different backgrounds and experience levels are encouraged to join us and explore their interests.

Hackathon Sponsors


$14,480 in prizes

Theme Track (3)

1st place - Meta Quest 2
2nd place - LEGO Architecture Skylines: Tokyo
3rd place - CPU Pillow

General Track (3)

1st place - Polaroid Now+ Camera
2nd place - Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Headphones
3rd place - ANKR Power Bank

Hacker's Choice Award

Roku Express

Best Beginner Project

Echo Dot

Best Open Source Contribution

Google Cloud-branded Backpack

Best Use of Google Cloud

Build your hackathon project with a suite of secure storage, powerful compute, and integrated data analytics products provided by Google Cloud. See full list of products here: g.co/cloud. Winners located in the US will receive a Google Cloud Swag Bag complete with a beanie, Android pillow, journal, socks & lanyards. Winners outside of the US will receive a Google Cloud branded backpack.

Best Domain Name from Domain.com

Register a .Tech domain name using Domain.com during the weekend for your chance to win a Domain.com branded backpack for you and each member of your team! Each team may submit one entry per person on the team. The more creative the domain the better!

Most Creative Use of GitHub

GitHub is one of the best ways to collaborate, push code, get feedback, and show the world what you’ve built during a hackathon. To take it a step further, GitHub is now offering you access to industry tools, events & learning resources through something called GitHub Global Campus. Win this weekend’s Best Use of GitHub prize category, first by signing up for GitHub Global Campus and second by using a GitHub repository to host your hackathon project’s code! Make sure your use of GitHub stands out with a detailed ReadMe page, meaningful pull requests and collaboration history, and even a GitHub pages deployment!

Most Creative Use of Twilio

Twilio allows you to incorporate mobile messaging, phone calls and a ton of other awesome communication features right into your hackathon project using a web service API. Are you building an e-commerce website and want to send text notifications or email confirmations once an order is completed? Or maybe you'd like to verify users based on their mobile numbers? Twilio makes all this possible and more. Build a hack that simplifies your life using any Twilio API for a chance to win a Twilio Swag Box & GameGo Console ! Get started with $50 in free credit

Harness the power of XRPL to create a better world.

Cash prize of $2000

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Judging Criteria

  • Theme
    If you are competing on the themed track, your project should follow this theme. This does not apply if you are competing on the general track.
  • Technology
    Considering your prior knowledge, the judges should be impressed by what you accomplished. Your project should have challenged you to explore new technologies and you should have learned something new during HackKU
  • Completeness
    Keeping in mind that your project was built in 36 hours, your project should be reasonably usable and somewhat complete.
  • Innovation
    Your project should not be an exact re-creation of an existing product, it should introduce new concepts and expand upon prior ideas.
  • Presentation
    Your demo should be clear and concise, and explain your project and how you created it.

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