Mentor guide

HackCU is thrilled to have you help out this year at HackCU VI! This event would not be complete without you. As a mentor, you will be helping students work on projects, learn all about a new technology, or come up with creative ideas. Participants will then have 12 hours to work on any project they choose. HackCU gives participants the resources, space, and time to create something amazing.

Who is a mentor?

Mentors are experienced volunteers who want to share their knowledge with new hackers and help them get through different roadblocks. They help new hackers make their dreams a reality by helping them during the event. However, mentors do not participate at the hackathon like hackers do and therefore, they can’t submit any project.

Which are my responsibilities as a mentor?

During the event, we expect mentors to:

  • Act as helpers, moving from group to group and helping hackers with any questions or roadblocks they have. However, mentors can’t submit a project or contribute in a team’s project in such a way that a project is mainly his/her work. Their task is to guide and help teams to carry on their own projects.
  • Help hackers building their team at the team building event, which takes place at the beginning of the hackathon.
  • Join HackCU’s Slack: here
  • Hacking at HackCU V starts at 12.00 P.M on Saturday and ends at 12.00 P.M. on Sunday. We recommend you stay at least 1 hour, however, you can stay as long as you would like! Come at any time that is convenient to you.
  • Check out help requests through our communication channels:
    • Messages from the #mentors Slack channel

What benefits do I get as a Mentor?

We want you to have a great hackathon experience. As a mentor, you will be able to:

  • Assist workshops and tech talks that take place during the event.
  • Have full meals during the day, including all kinds of snacks and drinks.
  • Get exclusive swag of the event: stickers, and sponsors’ merchandising.

What should I bring?

Food will be provided by HackCU, but below is a list of recommended items for a great time at HackCU:

  • A government-issued ID (required for check-in)
  • Laptop and charger
  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable Clothes
  • A positive attitude!

Getting there


Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotech Building, 3415 Colorado Ave

Boulder, CO 80303

Check in

You will see check in when you arrive. Please provide your name to the check in table. You will be provided with a mentor badge to enter and leave the venue on your own.

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

Preliminary schedule

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

Social Media

Make sure to tag social media posts related to the event with #HackCU. Add us on social media to get updates on event information!

More questions?

Email us at! To reach out to our directors, please contact or You can also reach out to us on our Twitter or Facebook.