HackUMBC gives you 24 hours to build the coolest software and hardware projects. You will learn useful skills, work with amazing people, and win awesome prizes along the way! We encourage all students of any skill level or major to join.


Who can attend?

All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. High school students should contact us.

What can/can't I bring?

Required for all attendees: valid student ID for admission (name must match registration information), your laptop, your brain. Also, comfy clothes and any other items you would need within a 24 hr time frame.

How big should teams be? Can I do it alone?

Teams should be at most 4 people. You can work alone but teams are HIGHLY recommended.

What's the format of the hackathon?

"Anything goes!" Web, desktop, mobile, and hardware projects are all welcome. (All hacks should be tech-related, though.) Projects will be judged based on creativity, technical difficulty, polish, and usefulness.

Are we allowed to build on past projects? Other code?

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

Do I have to pay for admission, food, or lodging?

ADMISSION IS FREE! Food, beverages, and a sleeping area will be provided! You just have to get yourself here and we will take care of the rest! :)

Isn't hacking illegal?

The term "hackathon" draws its name from hacking in the sense of "hacking something together in an evening", not "hacking into someone's computer and stealing their Excel spreadsheets." This event will only support legal and ethical creative teamwork. No illegal computer security work will be performed or condoned.

I have more questions!

You can get in touch with us via email, Twitter, or Facebook.

Ready to #build something?