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HackTheU 2019 Hackathon
Presented by Galileo


Come join us for our fourth annual hackathon on October 5th & 6th! It’s free, fun, and full of food!

Hackathons are a great opportunity to bring your ideas to life in a competitive, inclusive environment. Not only will you practice your coding skills, but also build relationships and connections with your peers and tech companies. With workshops, mentors, speakers, and activities, this event welcomes everyone–no matter your experience level. 

Marriott at University Park

HackTheU is at the Marriott in University Park!


480 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108


  • Start: Saturday, October 5th at 9 AM
  • End: Sunday, October 6th at 5 PM

what is a hackathon?

A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon”. Anyone who has an interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build & share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. You don’t have to be a programmer and you certainly don’t have to be majoring in Computer Science.

Don’t know how to code? Not a problem! It’s entirely irrelevant what your experience is going into a hackathon, it’s more about your interest in technology. HackTheU is passionate about making our hackathons very welcoming and beginner-friendly. If you’re wanting to learn how to code outside of a hackathon, there’s a fantastic blog post that you should read. After, you should check out the following: Treehouse, Codecademy and the Major League Hacking blog to get started.


what does it cost to attend?

HackTheU is free to attend! 

Who can attend?

All university students — regardless of major or skill — are invited to attend HackTheU! Whether you’re from BYU, SLCC, USU, Westminster College, or out of state, there’s a place here for you at our hackathon.

Graduated recently? No problem! Anyone who has graduated within the last 12 months is still eligible to attend our hackathon. After that, there’s plenty of non-student hackathons that exist for you to consider attending.

Unfortunately, we cannot accomodate high schoolers at this event. Let us know if this is something you’d like to see at your high school by emailing us at [email protected]

what if i don't have an idea for a hack?

That’s normal. Most people don’t have an idea before they get to the event. But once you start talking to other people, you might come up with something. You can also work with somebody else on their idea if you like it. And there will be prizes at the event which might help give you some ideas. Don’t worry about it, you’ll find something to work on.

For some inspiration, we recommend using the phrase “learn X by Y”. For example:

  • Learn React by making a personal portfolio website
  • Learn Python by making data visualizations made from data you scraped off websites using Beautiful Soup
  • Learn Java by making a Rubik’s Cube in Processing
  • Learn JavaScript by making a QuickDraw Clone
  • Learn how to use the Terminal by tricking out your dotfiles
  • Learn Unity by making a VR game about participating in a hackathon
  • Learn Swift by making an iOS music visualizer app
  • Learn how to use EC2 and S3 on AWS by hosting an image uploading site
  • Learn how to use diodes and logic gates by making a laser maze
  • Learn about Arduino motor controls by making a toy ice cream truck


HackTheU strives to be a respectful, inclusive, and safe space for participants of all backgrounds. As such, we will be enforcing the Major League Hacking Code of Conduct at our hackathon. Please read over the Code of Conduct to understand what is expected of our hackers.


Teams will be from 1 to 4 people. Each member of your team must individually register. If you do not have a team and would like to join one, please arrive early so you have enough time to meet people!


We will providing certain hardware and technology as specified below:

  • Essential kits (micro controller, bread board, wires, USB A to B cable)
  • LED
  • LED Matrix
  • Op-Amps
  • Transistors
  • Diodes
  • Resistors
  • Capacitors
  • Potentiometer
  • Switches
  • Buttons
  • IR Sensors
  • Visible Light Sensors
  • Temperature Sensors
  • Microphone
  • Ultrasonic Distance Sensors
  • Accelerometers
  • Motors
  • Servos
  • Some Batteries
  • Speakers

You are free to bring any hardware that we have not specified in the list, provided it does not pose a safety hazard.

 Your invention does not have to be limited to hardware or software! Feel free to use any resources available.



We will be handing out stickers, t-shirts, badges, and lanyards at registration.


We will have enough food and caffeine for your brain to flourish. All dietary restrictions will be accommodated.


Brunch – 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

  • Potatoes
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Coffee
  • Juice

Dinner – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

  • Meat Lasagna, Chicken Cacciatore
  • Penne Pasta with Roasted Garlic & Parmesan
  • Roasted Vegetables
  • Caesar Salad
  • Assorted Bread
  • Lemonade and Iced Tea

Late Night Food – 11:30 pm – 11:5 pm


Late Night Food – 12:00 am – 12:30 am

Breakfast-  8:00 am – 9:00 am

  • Muffins
  • Bagels
  • Cream Cheese
  • Juice

Snacks will be provided throughout the day.



With your navigation app of choice, navigate to the following address:  480 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

UTA Transportation

We highly encourage the use of the UTA TRAX system, which is free for most university students (including University of Utah students with the use of your UCard).

Judging & Prizes


  1. First
  2. Second
  3. Third

Judging will take place in two tiers. The first tier will include any project submitted at the correct time. The second tier will consist of projects that would like to be considered for our side quests.

A project can participate in any number of side quests in addition to the main competition.

Note, that a team is only eligible to win one prize.

Side Quests

  • Security – Build something that demonstrates your knowledge of security and ethical concerns in the tech industry. i.e. information sharing, privacy, network/system forensics, data mining challenges, or network/computer exploitation or defense.
  • Entertainment – Build a game or app that’s so fun it’s hard to put down.
  • Fintech (Galileo) – Best project using Galileo’s open APIs
  • Esri API – Best project using Esri’s API
  • Beginner – Create a project with your beginner buddies. All the people on the team must have less than one year of experience.

Rules for side quests:

  • A person/team can participate in any number of side quests – but cannot win more than one, including the main competition.
  • A person can only submit their name under one project
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