HackUConn

We are HackUConn.

HackUConn is a 20-hour marathon event that aims to bring together young innovators and tech industry experts for a non-stop fast-paced invention competition. Students form groups at the start of the event and combine their technical skills with the resources we provide such as hacking supplies, 3D printers, laser cutters, and tech mentors to prototype ideas of value. The event is 100% free for all participants and funded by our generous sponsors. Throughout the competition, mini-events such as speakers and hacker workshops are organized and food and snacks are always free!

HackUConn 2022 will take place on April 9-10, 2022

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Alumni Panel 2020

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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Meet with a panel of alumni who have benefited from UConn's entrepreneurial programs, learn about opportunities and ways to get involved on campus, and connect with other students interested in entrepreneurship & innovation.

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HackUConn 2022 Event Details


Theme: Innovating Sustainability
Participants: 77 (Undergraduate & Graduate Students)
Teams: 18
Mentors: 27
Workshops: 10
Sponsors: Gawlicki Foundation, Travelers, The Hartford, Cigna, Synchrony, Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI), Sociology Department, Philosophy Department, Global Affairs

Winners

First Place & Popular Vote:

Team Name: EcoCrib
Team Innovation: EcoCrib is a centralized dorm energy usage and carbon footprint platform for UConn residents. Using IoT and Augmented Reality, it incentivizes reducing and tracks carbon footprints in dorm rooms and campus buildings.
Team Members: Aditya Dubey, Rohan Parikh, Sunny Sarker, Sushant Raj, Akash Binoj
Team Prize: $2,500 & Friendship Lamp

Second Place:

Team Name: Atlas
Team Innovation: Thermoelectric Floor the eliminate energy loses in older buildings.
Team Members: Megan Walsh, Kiera Burns
Team Prize: $2,000

Third Place:

Team Name: HuskyPower
Team Innovation: We're capitalizing on human activity on bikes in the UConn Rec Center as an energy source and further educating students through an interactive app that tracks and rewards activity.
Team Members: Charlotte Chen, Sebastian De Los Santos, Ben Gladstone, Adelle Biondi
Team Prize: $1,500

Best Tech Hack:

Team Name: Sea Breeze
Team Innovation: A novel combination of vertical farming and seaweed farming in a two-racked system in order to create a sustainable, financially profitable negative emissions tool.
Team Members: Mansi Dhond, Amisha Paul
Team Prize: GitHub Swag & No Bounds Bluetooth Speaker

Most Creative Hack:

Team Name: ICUC Towing
Team Innovation: Worked on a machine learning model that aims to detect if a parking lot still has some space. It does this by using video feed from pre-existing surveillance cameras. The aim is to reduce the carbon footprint by avoiding unnecessary rides that one may have to take in order to find a parking spot.
Team Members: Syed Kaleem, Shariq Khan, Bilal Ahmad, Jalal Faraj
Team Prize: Solar Charging Panel

Most Sustainable Hack:

Team Name: EcoHomies
Team Innovation: Our group worked on a solution in UConn's open spaces to promote pollinator populations and biodiversity on campus. We created the idea of a "Green Ladder" that takes advantage of empty spaces like rooftops to increase pollinator populations wherever we can.
Team Members: Hailey Baranowski, Jonathan Dias, Mark Frederiksen, Alejandro Garcia-Rivera, Isaac Betts
Team Prize: LARQ Bottle

Open to all Majors!


Previous Participants Majors: ACES, Applied Resource Economics, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Business Analytics and Project Management, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Communication, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Consumer Behavior, Digital Media & Design, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science, Finance, History, Human Development and Family Services, Illustration/Animation, Industrial Engineering, Management and Engineering for Manufacturing, Management Information System, Marketing, Materials Science and Engineering + Biological Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular and Cell Biology, Natural Resources, Physics, Physiology and Neurobiology, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Science Education, Sociology, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Statistics, Structural Biology & Biophysics, Undecided, etc.

Program History

The UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Society held its first hackathon, HackUConn 2016 Smart Cities, on April 1 and 2. Hackathons are an opportunity for designers, engineers, and other interested individuals to come together and innovate hardware and software solutions to real problems. These have become regular events at institutions known for their innovative nature and this event demonstrates UConn’s support for hackathons and their relevance to learning. Learn more on UConn Today

Past Events
Innovating Wellness: HackUConn 2019