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Binghamton University

What can you build in 24 hours?


Whether you're an experienced UX/UI designer or simply have an artistic eye, your aesthetic skills will come in handy. Successful hacks are both beautiful and functional!


If you're interested in mobile or web development, machine learning, virtual or augmented reality, blockchain, cybersecurity, data science - or something entirely different - HackBU is the place to explore it. Our mentors will offer help in their areas of expertise.


Are you a creator, builder, inventor, or entrepreneur? Regardless of your experience, we want you to discover how to take your ideas one step further. You'll be able to network, meet amazing people, and attend tech talks to fuel your creativity.

HackBU brings together around 350 collegiate students across the Northeast to collaborate on innovative projects, discover new technologies, network with recruiters, and compete for prizes.


85 Murray Hill Road
Vestal, NY 13850


February 9 — 10, 2019




Registration Opens


Opening Ceremony


Hacking Begins + Team Building







Late Night Snack




Hacking Ends + Lunch


Judging Begins


Open Expo


Closing Ceremony

Resources for New Hackers

Lessons and Tutorials

Interactive Coding Lessons

Computer Science Video Series

Intro to Computer Science

Programming Challenges

Coding with Pictures

iOS App Tutorial

Web Development Lessons

Intro to Data Science

Android App Tutorial

APIs and Project Ideas

Search Tweets

Link with Snapchat

Use Map Services

Add Payment Capabilities

Send Emails

Analyze Text Sentiment

Enable Translation

Use Image and Video Recognition

Optimize Communications

Work with Music

HackBU would not be possible without our sponsors


Frequently Asked Questions

What is HackBU?

HackBU is a student-run organization at Binghamton University. We aim to create a community where students can explore technology outside the classroom. We mentor students, hold weekly workshops, and, most importantly, share our interest in programming and problem-solving.

What happens at a hackathon?

At a hackathon, "hackers" form teams with the intention of creating the best type of program (e.g. web app, iPhone app) or hardware hack within a certain period of time.

Who can attend?

This 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 would still love for you to attend. When you register, select "Non-Binghamton Student" and bring your travel receipts so we can reimburse your expenses (cap will be evaluated soon).

What if I'm a newbie?

Don't worry, beginners are welcome! Come to HackBU's weekly workshops to learn how to code. Sign up for our mailing list here. If you're not a BU student, check out what clubs your school has to offer.

What should I bring?

Bring your computer, hardware, chargers, toiletries, a sleeping bag, and anything else 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 with and meet other participants at the hackathon.

Will there be food?

Yes. We'll be providing meals and snacks throughout the event!