HackUMBC gives you 24 hours to learn new skills, make friends, create your wildest idea, and share it with the world.

Whether you wish to build a website, dabble with Photoshop, create a robotic arm, or develop a game, it's up to you to decide what to learn!



Time Event Location
10:00 AM Check-In
Meyerhoff 030
11:00 AM Opening Ceremonies
Meyerhoff 030
12:00 PM Hacking Begins and Lunch ITE / ENG
01:00 PM Tech Talks Start ITE 102 / ENG 027
06:00 PM Dinner
ENG Atrium


Time Event Location
12:00 AM Midnight Snacks
ENG Atrium
08:00 AM Breakfast
ENG Atrium
12:00 PM Hacking Ends and Lunch
ENG Atrium
01:00 PM Expo Begins
UC Ballroom
03:00 PM Final Demos Begin
UC Ballroom
04:00 PM Closing Ceremonies
UC Ballroom

Frequently Asked


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a tech innovation marathon. This is where your dreams run wild. Solve a real-world problem with technology or build the next Iron Man suit.

What if I don't have a team or an idea?

No problem! You can find a team once you arrive. Most hackers arrive without a team. You will often find inspiration for ideas at the hackathon.

What if I don't code?

This is the perfect opportunity to learn something new! There will be workshops geared towards beginners and mentors to help you throughout the event.

Who can attend?

All undergraduate, graduate, and high school students are welcome!

What can I build?

Anything! Web, mobile, desktop, and hardware projects are all welcome. Projects will be judged based on creativity, technical difficulty, polish, and usefulness.

Will there be hardware?

We have partnered with MLH to provide hardware hacking resources to all hackers. Check out the full list of hardware.

How much does it cost?

HackUMBC is free! Food, beverages, swag, workspaces, and sleeping areas will be provided. You just have to travel to the event and we will take care of the rest! :)

What should I bring?

Valid photo ID is required. Laptops, sleeping bags, and toiletries are highly recommended.

How big should teams be? Can I hack alone?

Teams should be at most four people. We highly recommend that you form a team, but solo hackers are allowed.

Can I build on past projects?

We strongly discourage building off of existing projects you've worked on. However, using third–party APIs and libraries are encouraged, as long as they're accessible by everyone.

Is there a code of conduct?

Yes. Be nice to others.

I have more questions!

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