Whether you are experimenting with your first hackathon or have participated in dozens, we strongly encourage UIC CS students to sign up for these competitions. Here are just a few reasons why:
- Meeting new people. Not just potential employers—who might watch a hackathon for potential new hires—but also fellow students. Hackathons are an amazing way to meet people with similar interests.
- Developing your résumé. Hackathons let you showcase the skills you’ve developed in class and build some new ones, often in a collaborative setting with real-world applications. They make great résumé entries.
- Enhancing your job interviews. Hackathon experiences make you a more interesting interviewee for internships and jobs. How did your team approach a problem? What kinds of solutions did you consider? What skills did you bring to the table in achieving the final outcome? Hackathons help you give hiring managers an even better sense of who you are and what you can do.
- Winning! (Of course.)
The CS department posts hackathon opportunities here when we receive notices of new competitions.
CyberForce Competition: Not technically a hackathon, but well worth your consideration. November 15 and 16, 2019, hosted by Argonne National Laboratory. Teams must develop cybersecurity plans for one of four hypothetical facilities: a solar energy generation facility, an energy distribution substation, a high-performance computing data center, or a manufacturing facility. Winners of the Argonne contest face off against winners from nine other national laboratories around the United States. Full details here. Registration runs from August 12 to September 20.
UIC Hackathon Honor Roll
- Google Tech Challenge 2019: 3rd place, 5th place
- MIT Energy Hack 2018: Chirag Soni, MS ’19
- BuiltWorlds Hackathon 2018: Giovanni Agugini Bassi, Iacopo Olivo, and Francesco Pinci, all MS ’19
- Mobility Hackathon Chicago: The Roiti (team of five MS ’19 students)