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What can you build in 24 hours?

HackBU is a 350-student hackathon at Binghamton University that aims to foster students' passion and interest for challenging themselves with interesting problems.


February 25–26, 2017


ITC at Binghamton University
85 Murray Hill Road
Vestal, NY 13850


Saturday February 25, 2017
11am Registration opens
12:30pm Opening ceremony
1pm Hacking begins + Lunch
1pm Team building
3pm Vanguard talk
4pm Citi talk
Saturday Continued
5pm BAE Systems talk
6pm Dinner
7:30pm Viacom talk
8pm Binghamton ITC Labs Tour
10pm Meme Making Workshop
Sunday February 26, 2017
1am Late-night snack
8am Breakfast
1pm Hacking ends + Lunch
1:30pm Judging begins (judges only)
2pm Open expo
2:30pm Closing ceremony



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Frequently Asked Questions

What is HackBU?

HackBU is an organization at Binghamton University that fosters a community of students who work together on projects that they are passionate about, outside the classroom. We exist to mentor students, help them learn the technologies that interest them most, and get them excited about programming and problem-solving.

What happens at a hackathon?

Hackathons are events where a bunch of "hackers" come together in teams with the intention of creating the best type of program (i.e. web app, iPhone app, etc) or hardware within a certain period of time.

Who can attend?

The event is open to all Binghamton University students 18 and older. You don't need to be a Computer Science major or engineer to participate!

What if I'm not from Binghamton?

No problem! We're looking to bring students from other nearby universities. When you register, select "Non-Binghamton Student" and bring your travel receipts so we can reimburse your expenses ($50 Cap).

What if I'm a newbie?

Don't worry, beginners are welcome. Come to HackBU's weekly workshops to learn how to code.

What should I bring?

Bring your computer, hardware, chargers toiletries, a sleeping bag, and anything you might need for an overnight stay.

Do I need a team or idea to sign up?

No! We recommend registering with friends but there will be opportunities to brainstorm and meet other participants.

Will there be food?

Yes. We'll be providing meals and snacks so don't worry!

Is there a Code of Conduct?

You must agree to the terms of both the MLH Code of Conduct and the MLH Privacy Policy. Please note that you may receive pre and post-event informational e-mails and occasional messages about hackathons from MLH as per the MLH Privacy Policy.

If you still have a question, send an email to!