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.)
- Healthcare Hackathon, Marquette Tech Institute, Cape Girardeau, MO. July 19 to 21. Teams will solve problems that deal with patient interaction. $50,000 in cash awards. 10 free tickets available to UIC students ($150 value; includes entry and six meals). Go to https://healthcare-hackathon-2019.eventbrite.com, click on Tickets, click on Enter Promotional Code at the top right of that window, and type in the discount code UIC. This will set the tickets to $0 for the first 10 students to sign up.
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)