Judging guide

HackCU is thrilled to have you help out this year at HackCU 8! This event would not be complete without you. As a judge, you will be judging hacker’s work on projects specifically in the tracks HackCU has decided which have been listed below. If there is a specific track you are interested in judging or if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] or [email protected] directly.


March 6th, 2022


March 6th: 11:00AM - 2:00PM. Note - Hacking ends at 12:00 PM on Sunday, and judging will begin at 12:30 PM.


Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotech Building, 3415 Colorado Ave

Boulder, CO 80303


Check-in will be at the South entrance closest to Colorado Ave. Please feel free to get a badge and lanyard, and a Hack CU member will meet you there.

Judging will take place from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. It will be following a science fair project presentation style. More details on the format will be shared during the morning briefing.

Parking :car:

The JSCBB lot #543 is located on the northwest corner of the building (refer to the map below). Parking in the JSCBB lots is not available for free (unless you have an existing permit for any of those lots).

Please make other arrangements to get to JSBB on East Campus for 2 days. Carpool with friends and team members if you can!

If necessary, the HackCU team is providing parking permits for those specific lots, and you can sign up for one here (we have a limited quantity, so permits are given on a first come first serve basis!)

You must get a permit via https://cuboulder.pmreserve.com with the permit code HACK8402. This permit code allows you to get the pass for free. You must do this for both days. Make sure to print out the pass and put it on your vehicle while parking!

JSCBB Parking


If you are interested in judging a specific track, please email [email protected] or [email protected]. Otherwise, we will randomly assign judges to certain tracks the day-of judging.


HackCU’s general challenge includes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners. This challenge will be evaluated based on the overall creativity of the team and their project, questions selected by HackCU organizers, as well as any additional criteria mandated by the judges.

All Beginner

Hackathons are a great way for beginners in technology–from the workshops to software resources provided by HackCU, we want first-time hackers to learn and build a project first hand. This track will assess the best hack created by a team of all beginner hackers.

Best UX/UI

As crucial as the technology behind a project is, for the best engagement from users it is necessary to have a good user interface that not only fits the needs of the user but also enhances their experience. The track will be judged based on the aesthetic nature of the project’s user design, as well as how effectively it amplifies the purpose of the project.

Social Impact

Technology is a powerful tool that allows us to identify and combat real-world problems that billions of people face around the world today. This track will be assessed based on the project’s ability to propose a resolution for a social issue.

Games, Music, & Entertainment

Itching to bring your game ideas to life? Have the next great entertainment app idea? Want to design your own custom music platform? Then the Games, Music, and Entertainment track is for you! Let your creative energy flow as you participate in this awesome track! The track will be judged on the project’s innocative and creative nature.