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Binghamton University

HackBU 2021 will be a 24-hour virtual hackathon from February 6th to February 7th hosted on our HackBU Discord server.

Registration is now closed.

What can you build in 24 hours?


If you're a designer, you are able to bring your knowledge of visual principles and aesthetics to HackBU. Collaborating with developers will allow all parties to flourish, building beautiful and functional hacks.


Programmers galore! Without programmers we wouldn't be much of a hackathon. Whether your interest lie in mobile, web, machine learning, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, artificial reality, or any of the other possible direction, we want you at HackBU. You do not need experience in any of these, all that matters is you have the drive.


Most important, be creative. Do you have some outlandish idea that you don't think you could ever make? Create it at HackBU! We want nothing more than to help you unleash the creativity inside you, we'll take care of the rest.

HackBU is a 350-student hackathon at Binghamton University that aims to foster students' passion and interest for challenging themselves with interesting problems.


HackBU Discord Server


Feb. 6th - 7th,




Check-in Opens

Attendees and Sponsors Meet


Opening Ceremony


Hacking Begins

Team Forming and Brainstorming Event


Late Registration Closes

Build and Deploy Your First Website Workshop


ACM Event


Distributed Systems: The Case for Space


Women in Tech Fireside Chat with Girls Who Code


MS Paint Bob Ross


Capture the Flag Presented by US Air Force


The Elements of Performance with Colin Fiutak


Game Night with SHPE



Hacking Ends and Submissions Due


Judging Begins


TypeRacer Contest


Slideshow Karaoke


Closing Ceremony


Event Concludes

Resources for New Hackers

Lessons and Tutorials

Interactive Coding Lessons

Computer Science Video Series

Intro to Computer Science

Programming Challenges

Coding with Pictures

iOS App Tutorial

Web Development Lessons

Intro to Data Science

Android App Tutorial

APIs and Project Ideas

Search Tweets

Link with Snapchat

Use Map Services

Add Payment Capabilities

Send Emails

Analyze Text Sentiment

Enable Translation

Use Image and Video Recognition

Optimize Communications

Work with Music

None of this would be possible without our sponsors


Frequently Asked Questions

What is HackBU?

HackBU is a student-run organization at Binghamton University. We aim to create a community where students can explore technology outside the classroom. We mentor students, hold weekly workshops, and, most importantly, share our interest in programming and problem-solving.

What happens at a hackathon?

At a hackathon, "hackers" form teams with the intention of creating the best type of program (e.g. web app, iPhone app) or hardware hack within a certain period of time.

Who can attend?

This event is open to all students 18 and older. You don't need to be a computer science major or a Binghamton University student to participate!

What if I'm a newbie?

Don't worry, beginners are welcome! Come to HackBU's weekly workshops to learn how to code. Sign up for our mailing list here. If you're not a BU student, check out what clubs your school has to offer.

Do I need a team or idea to sign up?

No! We recommend registering with friends but there will be opportunities to brainstorm with and meet other participants at the hackathon.

Will there be food?

Unfortunately, as the event is virtual this year, food and snacks will not be provided.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

You must agree to the MLH code of conduct to participate in the event.

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