This year HACKATHONclt will take place in DISCOVERY PLACE SCIENCE in uptown Charlotte. The party kicks off Friday March 24th at 5:00pm and continues on for a full 24-hour time period. HACKATHONclt is the biggest hack-your-face-off geek fest that this city has ever seen. The stakes are enticing, the datasets massive, and the problems incredibly interesting. This year, as we celebrate year 5, will no doubt be bigger and bolder than ever.


Hackathon MMXVII will have over $10,000 up for grabs.
We will announce specific prizes related to the categories at the kickoff party on March 24th.


No participant walks away empty handed at HACKATHONclt. Claim your killer hackathon swag at registration when you check in.

Pre-registrants will also claim additional swag for registering prior to the day of the event.


You are required to supply your own laptop and charger + enthusiasm and brilliant ideas. We will supply the rest—food, caffeine, power, connectivity and the data. Unless you want to bring your favorite footie pajamas…these are up to you to bring. Not required, but certainly welcome for style points.

Preparing for Competition

Hackathon CLT is a team event, although you are welcome to compete as an individual. Max size is 3. We recommend teams be comprised of 3 main functions: a Designer, a Coder and a Presenter.


The Designer is responsible for making the solution visually appealing with a logical user experience.


The Coder is responsible for creating the underlying algos and code that make the solution actually function.


The Presenter is responsible for crafting the story of the solution & sharing it in a compelling way.


The categories are as follows:

For Hackathon purists, this category demands true analytical talent and will be judged on the quality of predictions and elegance of code built on the designated technology.

From mobile applications to websites and everything in between, add your creative twist to write code that addresses the problem in a tangible, tactical way.

Deliver a killer presentation backed by a solid business model that convincingly proves your alternative solution.

2017 Agenda

The following is the tentative agenda for Hackathon CLT 2017.
Please be sure to check back in closer to the event for more updates.

Friday, March 24th 2017

5:00 PM Event registration & Check-in

6:00 – 7:45 PM Kickoff Party & Opening Remarks

7:45 – 8:15 PM Biz Problem Intro for the Hackers

8:30 PM Hacking Begins

8:30 PM Hacking Begins

Saturday, March 25th 2017

12:00 AM Midnight Snacks

2:00 AM Late Night Hacker Activity #1 (TBA) + Tips & Tricks

4:00 AM Late Night Hacker Activity #2 (TBA) + Tips & Tricks

6:00 – 7:00 AM Breakfast & Morning Announcements

10:00 AM Coding Stops | First Round of Judging

10:30 PM Mimematics

12:00 PM Lunch | Presentations Begin

2:00 PM Award Ceremony

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