• SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 CSE Hack Day

    Students cheer at the football game
  • SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 CSE Hack Day

    Students cheer at the football game
  • SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 CSE Hack Day

    Students cheer at the football game
  • SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 CSE Hack Day

    Students cheer at the football game

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 Nebraska high school students 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.


Permission Forms

  • Print this form.
  • Have a parent sign it.
  • Bring it with you to campus.
  • Fill out the online photo release form here.


Hack day schedule

8:00-8:30 a.m.

Check-in and breakfast

8:30-9:15 a.m.

Overview of the day and "How to Hackathon"

9:15 a.m.

Welcome to Coding (for beginners)

*Experienced students can commence hacking

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Microcontrollers — with Mark Bauer

12:00-12:45 p.m.

Lunch with Student and Industry Panel

1:00–5:00 p.m.

Hacking and Workshops

1:00-1:30 p.m. Aerospace Club Presentation — with Garrett Ulmer

1:45-2:15 p.m. Supercomputing 101 — with Mitchell Clark

2:30-3:00 p.m. Intro to Git — with Sam Flint

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

5:00 p.m.

Cease Hacking

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dinner and Presentations

6:00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony and Top 3 Presentations

*All events will take place in Avery Hall, located near Memorial Stadium, on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus.

*Snacks will be provided in Avery 12 and Avery 348 throughout the day


Win prizes!

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.

Parker Segal

Parker is a junior from Omaha majoring in software engineering. He’s also minoring in math and statistics. In his free time, you find Parker studying at the library, working out, or playing video games.

Matthew Meachum

Matthew is a junior computer science and mathematics double major from Omaha. In his free time, he likes to hang out with friends, watch comedy movies, and play video games.

Shreeya Vaitla

Shreeya is a sophomore who came all the way from India to double major in computer science and mathematics at Nebraska. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, dancing, and watching movies.

Achintya Handa

Achintya is a sophomore majoring in computer science and mathematics. He is a big fan of video games, and he's also interested in finance, robotics, and solving math puzzles.

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