HackCU is the University of Colorado's first collegiate national hackathon! Come make "that thing you have never gotten around to" and make it cool enough to win! Read more and sign up at HackCU.org


Hackathon Sponsors


$14,640 in prizes

1st Place Overall

For whole team:
3 Months Office Space at Techstars Boulder
1 year of GitHub Silver plan

Each Team member:
Dell Venue 8 Tablets
1-year Basic Treehouse membership
3-year Qiqqa Premium+ Memberships

2nd Place Overall

For whole team:
1 year of GitHub Bronze plan

Each Team member:
6-month Basic Treehouse membership
3-year Qiqqa Premium Memberships

3rd Place Overall

For whole team:
6 months of GitHub Bronze plan

Each Team member:
3-month Basic Treehouse membership
1-year Qiqqa Premium Memberships

Context.io API Prize

"Choose your own prize" Hackers get to choose anything they want up to $400, could be cool things to hack on, gadgets, cash... I also offer to give people a rescue dog. It's really up to the hackers!

Boomtown Interviews (2)

Boomtown Accelerator will judge separately for at least two guaranteed interviews. It's the fast track to turning your idea into a real startup!


Pebble Prize

Best use of Pebble gets free Pebble Steel's for each member from Dell and MLH!

Best User Interaction

The BTU Lab is giving one Sparkfun inventor's kit for the hack with the best interactivity/user interaction. Keep your hack involving and maybe you can impress Alicia Gibb.

Kit contents available to view at: http://goo.gl/SC2leh

Top Five (5)

Present on stage for a chance at top three!

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Gabe Johnson

Gabe Johnson

Fletcher Richman

Fletcher Richman
Pivot Desk

Alicia Gibb

Alicia Gibb

Greg Greenstreet

Greg Greenstreet

Mark Gelband

Mark Gelband
Angel Investor/ Builder

Aileen Pierce

Aileen Pierce

Judging Criteria

  • Originality
    Is the hack something fresh, new, and creative? Is it more that more that just your typical generic social/mobile app? Does it take a whole new approach to an old problem?
  • Technical Difficulty
    Is the hack technically interesting or difficult? Is it just some lipstick on an API, or were there real technical challenges to surmount?
  • Polish / Design
    Is the hack usable in its current state? Is the user experience smooth? Does everything appear to work? Is it well-designed?
  • Usefulness
    Is the hack practical? Is it something people would actually use? Does it fulfill a real need people have?

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