HackCU Hacker Guide

Hello, Hacker!

We are excited to welcome you to HackCU VI this year! This event would not be complete without you. You will have 24 hours to work on any project you choose. The HackCU team hopes to provide you with the resources, space, and time to create something amazing. Reminder: There is NO sleeping at the venue . If you plan to sleep, please remember you have to find other accommodations for this. We do not have an alternative venue for people to stay at under the sleeping policy. Also, due to venue capacities, we will only be admitting the FIRST 420 hackers into the space.


February 22nd and February 23rd, 2020


February 22nd: 8:00 AM - February 23rd: 4:00 PM.


Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotech Building, 3415 Colorado Ave

Boulder, CO 80303


Check out our parking map below.


Check-in will be at the South entrance closest to Colorado Ave. You must get a lanyard or badge in order to check-in.

Before the Event

What should I Bring :briefcase:

Laptop, chargers, a valid ID, and of course yourself!

Parking :car:

The JSCBB lot #543 is located on the northwest corner of the building. The lot is free after 5:00pm on weekdays and all day on weekends. Please park in this lot if you plan to drive.

JSCBB Parking

Lyft Code

Join Lyft and use the code below:

Click Me!

Code: HACKCUVI2020

Check-in :wave:

Check-in will begin at 8:00AM at the South entrance of the JSCBB. You must get a badge and lanyard to enter the event. This badge must stay on for the entire duration of the event. In order to make check-in go smoother, please show us the QR code you got in your email when checking in. You can also find it online at my.hackcu.org.

During the Event

Opening ceremony

Opening ceremonies will begin at 11:00AM in the JSCBB in Auditorium A115. Wil will also be live streaming the opening ceremonies to the other auditoriums as well.

Hacking :bulb:

Hacking will only be available from Saturday at 12:00PM to Sunday at 12:00PM.

HackCU is meant as a time for hackers to work on whatever projects they like in a low stree, fun, and collaborative environment. This is a great time for hackers to work on projects from previous events. It’s a change to learn a new technology.


We will be using CU’s WiFi. Use eduroam or UCB Wireless to leave UCB Guest for people that don’t have a CU login.

Team Size

Teams can be a maximum of 4 people. You can look for teammates in the #general channel in slack. We will also be hosting a team formation activity at 12:00PM on Saturday. Join the #formingteams channel on our Slack to meet other hackers and potential team members before the event


Keep in mind that hacking ends on Sunday at 12:00PM. You can submit your projects on Devpost before then.

Submit your projects here: Click here for the HackCU VI Devpost. Make sure you select University of Colorado Boulder as the event you are participating in.

Slack :exclamation:

Join the HackCU slack here. Once signed up, join the #general channel. We will be posting all announcements and side events in the #general channel. If you are not invited, please let us know when you arrive at the venue! Here are the channels:

  • #announcements: We will be using this to announce our intro talks, food being served and stuff about HackCU. :loudspeaker:
  • #general: Talk about HackCU and get to know each other!
  • #formingteams: Post here if you are looking for teammates or a team to join! :busts_in_silhouette:
  • #whatmusicdoyoulike: Have a playlist you’d like to share with hackers? Or a song request? :notes:
  • #mentors: Mentors will hangout here!
  • #random: THE GIPHY channel (jk, say whatever there) if (message.randomness > 0.5): message.post(#random)
  • #looking_for_jobs: Post your Linkedin so that recruiters can find you!
  • #twitter: You can see here all our post on Twitter and all conversations we have! :bird:
  • #food: Have any recommendations for snacks you’d like us to pick up? We’ll also be making anouncements about food and snacks here. :fries:


We will have mentors around to help you at on your projects! Mentors will be hanging out on Slack #mentors channel, at their mentor table and around the venue where you are more than welcome to ask any questins about your project and they will be abel to help you find a solution.

Rules :point_left:

The #1 rule is “Be respectful”.

Please read HackCU’s code of conduct and MLH’s code of conduct. We require all hackers to abide by these rules. Also read the rules of the competition in our live page.

Some of our sponsors have already uploaded their challenges. Check them out now in our live page: live.hackcu.org/prizes/.

Hardware :wrench:

We will some sweet hardware for you to hack on!

Preliminary Schedule :alarm_clock:

Check out our live page for our most recently updated complete schedule.

Here are some important times to be aware of:

February 22nd (Saturday)

  • 8:00 AM - Arrival and Check-in
  • 8:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM - Career Fair
  • 11:00 AM - Opening Ceremonies
  • 12:00 PM - Team Formation
  • 12:00 PM - Hacking Begins!
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch
  • 1:00 PM - Intro workshops
  • 6:00 PM - Dinner
  • 11:00 PM - Late Night Dessert

February 23rd (Sunday)

  • 8:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch
  • 12:00 PM - Hacking Ends!
  • 12:30 PM - Project Expo!
  • 3:00 PM - Closing Ceremonies


You can find an updated schedule here: live.hackcu.org

Workshops :computer:

We have curated various workshops & events for you to explore.

Check out a list of workshops and side events update in our live page.

Need Help? Mentors! :raised_hand:

Need help? Go to the #mentors channel on slack!

Project Submissions :trophy:

Please submit your projects on our Devpost by Sunday the 23rd at 12:00 PM. Also remember to opt-in for any sponsor prizes that you are eligible for. Submit early, you can edit your submission!

Our judging will take place expo style. You should still demo your project even if you’re not finished.

Connect with Us :camera:

Make sure to tag social media posts related to the event with #HackCU. We’ll be featuring your posts and highlights from the event on our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

More questions?

Check out our FAQ or email us at contact@hackcu.org! You can also reach out to us on our Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.