What's a Hackathon?

A hackathon is an event where individuals from across the country gather together to brainstorm, problem-solve, and transform original ideas into a real product. Hackathons are coding competitions that last anywhere from 24 to 36 hours - and sometimes even longer. Almost every weekend, there is at least one hackathon being held in some college or university in the United States. People from different technical and nontechnical backgrounds come together to code a unique solution to a problem from scratch. There only two limits: time and yourself.

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Hackathons are a wonderful place to connect with brilliant individuals to create innovative products. This encouraging culture inspires hackers to perform their best under pressure.


University of Florida students continue to win numerous hackathons time after time. We compete with dozens of universities and successfully bring home the medal while proudly representing UF. We've won 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and multiple sponsor prizes.


Hackathons allow people to form lasting relationships, whether they are from the local area or from universities across the US. It fosters strong network connections with students, volunteers, and company sponsors.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any additional questions feel free to contact us.

  • How much experience
    do I need?

    You are not required to have any former programming experience prior to attending any hackathon; but it is highly recommended. Fortunately, hackathons are also the ideal place to learn new emerging technologies and to gain experience.

  • What do I need to bring?

    Most, if not all, hackathons are around a weekend long. The only things you will need to bring are your laptop and charger, cellphone and charger, personal hygiene products, sleeping bag, pillow, and a couple of changes of clothes.

  • How do we get there?

    Some hackathons offer travel reimbursement and some other hackathons send a bus to UF.
    Worst case scenario we will we will always coordinate with members willing to carpool other members to hackathons. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us.

  • What if I don't have a team?

    You don't need to create a team beforehand. You can meet people from different states or schools on the day of the event. Keeping your options open might allow you to find teammates that better complement your strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, you don't have to work in a team- you can work on your own if you choose to do so.

ListServ & Calendar

Stay up to date with everything UF Hackathoners related - from General Body Meetings to application deadlines - by signing up for our listserv and joining our Google Calendar.