Huskie Hack

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 5-6, 2022

Are you passionate about sustainability and the future of food resources? Join us to help create positive change in the world. Our 24-hour hackathon takes place in the Holmes Student Center and will challenge you to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.

Get your team of 4-6 people together and register today. Your team members should have a variety of skills and interests. NIU experts will be there to provide guidance, and the event will conclude with a prize ceremony.

Cost: Free for all college students (includes meals, snacks and a Huskie Hack t-shirt)

Team Registration Individual Registration

For all information regarding the event, please visit the Discord "Hackathon Hub".

Who Can Participate?

College students 18 and older can register. While it would be helpful to have some programming knowledge, you don’t have to be a programmer or computer science major. We welcome artists, makers, developers, project managers, historians, scientists and others with unique skill sets. Everyone will work together to create and present innovative solutions.

Though unable to participate, middle and high school students will have the opportunity to attend open houses and view the teams’ work.

For questions email us at

What Is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is an "invention marathon" for those interested in technology. Participants spend hours building and sharing their creations. It's a fun way to learn new things, create resume-enhancing projects and develop professional networks.

Schedule and Supplies

  • Check-in begins: Nov. 5, 11 a.m. You must arrange your own transportation. Parking on campus is free.
  • Submission deadline: Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m. Failure to upload projects by the deadline will result in disqualification. Begin your upload at least 15 minutes in advance. Late submissions due to timing or uploading issues will not be considered.
  • Hack ends: Nov. 6, around noon (after awards are distributed).

Bring your:

  • Valid student ID and event registration form (required).
  • Laptop, phone, chargers and any other electronics you can’t live without.
  • Sleeping bag (optional).

Judging and Prizes

Our judges will award points to projects in the following categories:

  • Technical complexity (up to 20 points).
  • Innovation of design or idea/approach to problem (up to 40 points).
  • Polish/quality of execution (up to 20 points).
  • Presentation/idea pitch (up to 20 points)

Winning projects will receive exciting prizes.