What the HACK?


HACKATHONclt celebrates its 5th anniversary by going even bigger, bolder and brasher. It is moving to its new location at DISCOVERY PLACE SCIENCE in uptown Charlotte. The event kicks off Friday March 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM and continues overnight, culminating with a finale on March 25, 2017.

HACKATHONclt is the biggest hack-your-brains-off geek fest in the Queen City. The stakes are massive, the data BIG, and the problems incredibly interesting.


Hackathon MMXVII will have over $20,000 up for grabs. We will announce specific prizes related to the categories at the kickoff party on March 24th.


Every year, we do a custom HACKATHONclt shirt, and this year, we take it to a whole new level. All our sponsors also bring killer SWAG to add to every participants stache.



Yourself choice of hack device – laptop, tablet, multiple desktops

A well rested set of eyes

Wear comfortable clothes

Maybe a toothbrush, paste and deodorant

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.

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 | Kickoff Party

7:30PM Opening Remarks

7:40PM Biz Problem Intro

8:30 PM Release the Hackers

Saturday, March 25th 2017

12:00 AM Midnight Snacks

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

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

8:00AM Pre-Judging Opens

9:30 AM Coding Stops

10:00 AM Mimematics Performance

11:30 AM Pre-judging Round Ends

12:00 PM Lunch | Presentations Begin

2:00 PM Award Ceremony