What the HACK?


hackathonCLT celebrates its 6th 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 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM and continues overnight, culminating with a finale on March 24, 2018.

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 MMXVIII will have over $20,000 up for grabs. We will announce specific prizes related to the categories at the kickoff party on March 23rd.


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 participant’s stash.



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

A well-rested set of eyes

Comfortable clothes

Maybe a toothbrush, paste and deodorant

Preparing for Competition

hackathonCLT 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.

2018 Agenda

The following is the tentative agenda for HACKATHON MMXVIII.
Please be sure to check back in closer to the event for more updates.

Friday, March 23rd 2018

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 24th 2018

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

11:30 AM Pre-judging Round Ends

12:00 PM Lunch | Presentations Begin

2:00 PM Award Ceremony