room to build. space to create.
feb 16-17 chicago, il
applications are closed!
uncommon hacks is a weekend-long celebration of technology where college students from everywhere come to chicago to make fun, random, and innovative tech-related projects with friends old and new. you'll work in a small team to design and build a creative project from start to finish in a weekend, learning and having fun in the process.
+ what's a hackathon? hackathons are invention marathons where attendees are encouraged to collaborate on a project. hackers will be in a fun, supportive environment with the necessary tools provided to create excellent projects. newbies encouraged, normies aren’t. this is a safe space to create the weirdest, quirkiest, and most amazing projects ever.

college students from anywhere are welcome, even if you’re not a computer science major or have never been to a hackathon before!
+ how do I apply? click the registration button above! due to space constraints, we’re unable to accept everyone, but we’re looking for students with a broad variety of interests and backgrounds who are excited about building crazy things and learning in the process. if you’ve never been to a hackathon or don’t have tons of software development experience, that won’t disadvantage you in the review process!

we’ll review the first wave of applications starting january 1st, and send out decisions mid-january.
+ when and where is uncommon hacks? february 16 - 17, 2019 at the polsky exchange, 1452 e 53rd st, 2nd floor, chicago, il, 60615. + how much does it cost? nothing! uncommon hacks will provide wifi, meals, swag, and workspace. + do you offer travel reimbursement? this year, we will not be offering travel reimbursement for uncommon hacks. if you have any questions or concerns about travel, feel free to or at! + what does the application process and timeline look like? the process starts out with the hackathon application, which consists of basic personal questions as well as a few short answer ones. the uncommon hacks team will be reviewing the applications in waves, and the results of your application should show in your application portal. if you’ve been accepted, you will have an RSVP link to complete as confirmation of your attendance. from there, you’re all set - see you in Chicago! + what exactly happens at a hackathon? we’ve written a more detailed guide about what uncommon hacks is like from a hacker’s perspective, available ! + do you have other rules? yes, we follow the major league hacking . + what if i have another question? email or shoot us a .
saturday, february 16 09:00 am – registration + breakfast 09:00 am – connect-4 space 10:00 am – sponsor fair 11:00 am – team formation 11:30 am – opening ceremony 12:00 PM – hacking starts 12:30 PM – lunch 01:00 PM – JPM Workshop 02:15 PM – intro to web-dev workshop 02:15 PM – programming languages workshop 04:30 PM – buildBlind: Childhood Nostalgia edition 05:30 PM – just dance: the Showdown 07:00 PM – dinner 07:30 PM – MLH: slideshow karaoke 08:30 PM – makeYourOwn: Apples-to-Apples edition 10:00 PM –

sunday, february 17 12:00 am – midnight snack 12:00 am – soylent pong 08:00 am – breakfast 08:30 am – letsArt: Bob Ross edition 12:00 PM – hacking ends 12:00 PM – lunch 01:00 PM – expo + judging 03:00 PM – top teams present 04:00 PM – closing ceremony 04:00 PM – prizes awarded 04:15 PM – event ends