UIOWA High School Hackathon

University of Iowa

March 2, 2019

Liberty High School, North Liberty, IA


About the Event


UIOWA High School Hackathon is a day long hackathon targeted towards high school students. This event is open to any highschool students and will be held at Liberty High School in the Iowa City, USA.

Students will form teams to work on their project (or 'hack') up to 4 members. Projects are open format, which means that you can hack on web, mobile, desktop, or hardware applications. University students will be available as mentors for the teams throughout the event for questions to make sure beginners and experts alike will have the help they need to successfully develop their project. All teams will demo their hacks at the end of the event and winners will be chosen by company mentors.

Hackathon Rules

Hackathon Schedule


Benefits and FAQs



Participating in UIOWA HSH will give you the opportunity to use new technologies and learn in a friendly and collaborative environment. Experienced mentors will help you make your project the best it can be!


Where and when is UIOWA HSH?
Who can participate?

Any high school students are welcome to participate! If you are passionate about programming and are interested in new technologies, we want you to join UIOWAHSH!

How many people per team?

Maximum 4 students per team and they don’t have to be from the same school as yours. You may also hack solo if you wish.

How much will it cost?

Absolutely nothing! Food is on us too!

What if I'm new to programming?

That's totally ok! Hackathons are a great place to learn. We're going to have tutorials and mentors to support you during the event.

How will my project be judged?

The organizing commitee will browse the demos at the end of the event, asking questions and choosing their favorites.

What to bring:
  • Laptop and charger
  • Cellphone and charger
  • Optional
    • Power­bar
    • Ethernet cable
    • USB key
    • Pen and paper!
What if I don’t have a project or idea?

A great place to start is to ask adults in your community. Many times teachers and parents have ideas for software you can create! You can also look for people who need help with a project on the Facebook Group.

Should I bring extra hardware?

Yes, you may bring additional hardware if you have a project in mind.

What should I prepare prior to the event?

It’s a good idea to setup your computer with some development software such as an IDE (i.e. Android Studio, XCode), a version control tool (i.e. Git). You don't want to spend a large chunk of time downloading software at the event, do it beforehand!

Should I start my project before the hackathon?

No. All work on projects should be done at the event. You can read up on different APIs and frameworks but all code should be written during the UIOWA HSH.

Didn't find answer to your question?

Please reach us via Twitter, Facebook or email us at hack-uiowa@uiowa.edu.


The Location




Partners & Supporters

If you are a sponsor looking to get involved, please contact hack-uiowa@uiowa.edu