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Join us November 16th & 17th, 2018

Nov 16th & 17th

Join us at USU

About Us

HackUSU is a student club at Utah State University that is laser focused on tech.

Our Mission is to bring tech and hacker culture to our campus, community and state.


Learn to code with no experience required

Latest Tech

Learn about new and emerging technologies


Meet awesome mentors in the community

Teach each other

Eat free food

Become lifelong learners

Open Source for Mental Health

Community Competition

Create an app or website that helps solve mental health problems. Open source your solution.

Professionals welcome! Winning prize of $1000!

All projects will be judged on November 17th during the Hackathon.

Judges will take into account the following criteria

Basis on Evidence
Difficulty and Complexity of Project

Pay what you like - donate to HackUSU to help empower students and the community by growing the organization that puts on the largest intercollegiate hackathon in Utah. Contact us at to donate.

Example Ideas Include:

  • Create a D&D game that encourages people to talk about their experiences through a character in the game. If you have questions about this idea, you can contact Dr. Chris Chapman:
  • Create an app that people can use to regularly check in regularly and log how they are feeling as well as track the progress of their medications for treating depression, bipolarity, etc. If you have questions about this idea, you can contact Dr. Chris Chapman:
  • Create an app or website that includes detailed information about different mental health services in one’s area, especially for more rural areas like Cache Valley. While there are some existing websites that work towards this, many lack the information for more rural areas. If you choose to do this, be sure to include detailed information that your solution provides, like how much services cost and what types of insurance are accepted. An example of Cache Valley information can be found here. If you have questions about this idea, you can contact Dr. Jess Lucero:
Community Registration!


HackUSU's 2018 hackathon will be located at the Eccles Conference Center on the Utah State University Logan campus.

Eccles Conference Center
Utah State University
Old Main Hill, Logan, UT

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This is a tenative schedule for the Nov 2018 HackUSU student hackathon.

Friday, November 16

2:00 - 3:00 pm
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Opening ceremonies
Team forming event
4:30 - 5:00 pm
Workshop: Utah Open Data and Mental Health - Auditorium
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Workshop: Intro to Programming (Erik Falor)
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Workshop: Advanced C++ (Sundberg)
6:00 - 7:00 pm
7:00 - 7:30 pm
Workshop: Machine Learning
7:30 - 8:30 pm
Workshop: Intro to Arduino/Hardware - IDEA Lab
8:30 - 9:00 pm
Code in the !Light

Saturday, November 17

7:00 - 8:00 am
8:00 - 9:00 am
Workshop: Utah Open Source -- how to get into open source and land a job
9:00 - 10:00 am
Workshop: Cryptocurrencies (Dr. Clyde)
10:00 - 10:30 am
Cup Stacking Contest
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lighting talks
12:30 pm
Submissions due
12:30 - 1:00 pm
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Community Activities (donkey-car racing, mini sumo bots, VR experience)
2:00 - 4:00 pm
4:00 - 4:30 pm
Awards and closing ceremonies


No, we aren't breaking into anything. Hacking is a new process of learning. To us, hacking means creating, innovating, and building something awesome with software or hardware. Another definition that we have is creatively solving a problem.
Absolutely! If you have a passion for all things tech, this is the place for you. Our events span a range of skill levels. We have events planned for beginners, so you'll learn how to code in no time!
HackUSU is completely free! There's no entry fee, and we'll provide enough food and snacks for the entire 24 hours. How neat is that?
Teams can have up to 4 people. If you don't have a team when you come, don't worry! There are plenty of people who come alone that you can team up with.
You must currently be a university or college student, or have graduated in the last 12 months. There is no restriction on major. All students are welcome!
Absolutely! Many times, coming up with an idea for a project is the hardest part, and that doesn't require any technical knowledge. Also, we need designers to help us make our apps look good!
You can't use any code that was written before the start of the hackathon. However, we encourage you to begin thinking of ideas now!
Yes, there will definitely be prizes! We will have different prize categories, and the judges will pick the best project in each category. In addition, there will be lots of swag from our sponsors for everyone!
General, Hardware, Game Development, Data Analysis and more TBA!

Prize Categories

Any project that doesn't fit the other categories!

Judging Criteria

How much did you learn?

Any game made with any technology.

Judging Criteria

All criteria from the general catagory

Interesting or useful insights gained from data

Judging Criteria

All criteria from the general catagory
Sound logic/practices
Interesting/useful insights

Any project that is focused on hardware.

Judging Criteria

All criteria from the general catagory


The amazing sponsors of HackUSU.

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USU Computer Science logo
100tb logo
Major League Hacking logo
Pope Tech logo
RR Donnelley logo
USU Student Association logo

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