What is Hack Day?
CSE Hack Day is a day-long hackathon—a creative computing marathon—hosted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. This is event is designed for both male and female Nebraska students in grades 9-12 who are interested in testing, expanding and developing their computing skills.
Students will spend the day working in small groups on a cool coding project such as a game, a website or an app.
What skills will be required to participate?
This event will offer activities for students of all skill levels, including beginners and advanced students. Everyone is welcome.
Participants who would like a little help or a head start on hacking can check out our recommended resources before the event.
Is there a theme?
The theme is “Hack Your Life!" During the event, you will be creating a tool that you would use yourself. Remember: Good projects come in all shapes and sizes, so we encourage all participants to embrace their ideas with confidence!
Who will I work with?
All participants will work in teams of four that you can choose. If you do not have a team, we will help you find one.
How do I sign up?
If you're a high school student interested in participating in the event, talk with a parent or teacher about attending, and register together.
Be sure to print out the parent permission form, have a parent sign it, and bring it to the event. You should also fill out the photo release form before the event, which you can do by clicking the link to the online form below.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1
Hack day schedule
Check-in and breakfast
Overview of the day and "How to Hackathon"
Welcome to Coding (for beginners)
*Experienced students can commence hacking. Rooms 15, 19, 20, 21, 106, 118 and 119, are designated work rooms. Teachers can use room 13.
Hacking and Workshop
11:15-11:45 Inside Cybersecurity — with JR Noble
Lunch with Student and Industry Panel
Hacking and Workshops
1:00-1:30 p.m. Aerospace Club Presentation — with Garrett Ulmer
1:45-3:00 p.m. Microcontrollers — with Mark Bauer (in room 20)
3:15-4:15 p.m. Cyber Security Escape Room Challenge — with Cheryl O'Dell
*Grab food outside Avery 115 any time after 4:15, head back to work station and be ready to present
Presentations and Dinner (for those who have not already eaten)
Awards Ceremony and Top 3 Presentations
*All events will take place in room 115 of Avery Hall unless otherwise noted. Avery Hall is located near Memorial Stadium on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln city campus.
*Snacks will be provided in Avery 12 and Avery 115 throughout the day
Students who complete projects for our Hack Day event will be eligible to win an Amazon Echo Dot, Otium bluetooth headphones, or a Simthings portable mini bluetooth speaker.
Meet our student mentors and judges:
Several CSE students will be mentoring students throughout the day. They'll help them build their projects and serve as judges.