The Midwest's premier Hackathon

We’re a 36 hour event hosted at Iowa State University where college students from around the
country compete to create innovative hardware and software projects. The HackISU was first held in
the Fall of 2013 and has grown in each of the previous semesters. At our fourth event in September,
over 250 talented students attended, making it our largest event yet. We hope to continue our success
with an even larger event this Spring. Throughout our event students display their skills as they aim to
impress and compete to make brand new ideas a reality.
HackISU is completely free for students to attend which gives any interested student the
opportunity to join us during the weekend to learn, create, and have fun. The event gives attendees the
opportunity to utilize and apply their knowledge to help solve problems or make useful applications.
HackISU uniquely serves students in the midwest by giving them access to an opportunity to connect
with other students, learn new skills, and interact with sponsoring companies.

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Pardicipants: Individuals (over 18 and enrolled in college the current semester or one previous semester).

Countries: United States


Submissions must include visuals from your project, all team members, and a short description of functionality.

How to enter

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Emilee Richardson
Past President of the Greater Des Moines Young Professionals Connection

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Bill Adamowski
ISU Research Park

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Kyle Blocher
Blocher Consulting

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Allen Bierbaum
VP of Technology at Priority 5

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Mike Vesey
Founder of IdentityRamp and President of VCI Inc.

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Brett Harper
VP of Product Development at Workiva

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Steve Carter
ISU Research Park

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Chris Meinders
Lead Developer at Sukup

Judging Criteria

  • Technical Difficulty
    What are the challenges you ran into when making your projects and how did you overcome them?
  • Inventiveness
    What's your unique solution to the problem you found?
  • Wow Factor
    How are you blowing away the judges' expectations of what's possible in 36 hours?