February 2 - 3, 2019
contact us at hacksmu.team@gmail.com

Southern Methodist University's first 24-hour hackathon

HackSMU will take place in Hughes-Trigg Student Center on February 2 - 3, 2019. All majors are welcome, so come learn skills, meet people, create projects, and have fun!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is HackSMU?

HackSMU is an on-campus, 24-hour educational event that combines a tech conference, a career fair, and a start-up competition. Come learn new skills, meet corporate recruiters, create amazing projects, and have fun at HackSMU!

How do I apply?

Apply for HackSMU here! Anyone with a valid SMU ID may apply at the door, but we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. We will email updates and acceptance letters, so be sure to mark hacksmu.team@gmail.com as an accepted sender.

What if I don't have experience?

You can come learn at our workshops and from our mentors. We will also award prizes for non-tech categories such as humor, aesthetics, creativity, and more.

Who can apply?

We will consider applications from college and university students of all majors and skills, as well as recent graduates and select high school students.

What should I bring?

Be sure to bring your ID, costumes, snacks, sleeping equipment, toiletries, glow-in-the-dark fidget spinners, laptop, hardware, and whatever else you want to help make HackSMU fun.

Can I work with a team?

Teams may have up to 4 members, and each member can come from any major, skill level, school, etc. If you are unable to find teammates before HackSMU, we’ll help you when the event starts.

Can I submit previous work?

Doing so cheats yourself of the opportunity to learn and grow at this educational event. Please respect yourself and those around you by presenting only what you create during HackSMU.

What can I make?

Build whatever you want! We will have workshops and mentors to help you build and present websites, mobile apps, VR games, sign-language translating gloves, and more!

Code of Conduct

We want everyone to have a great time, so please remember that Mr. Rogers wants each of us to strive to accept others exactly the way they are, right here and now.

I have more questions

Email us at hacksmu.team@gmail.com, and we will reply as soon as we can! Be sure to mark hacksmu.team@gmail.com as an accepted sender.

Schedule and Location

Saturday (February 2)

08:00 am: Check-in begins
09:00 am: Opening Ceremony
10:00 am: Coding begins
12:00 pm: Lunch (Roly Poly Sandwiches)
03:00 pm: Afternoon Tea (Bobaddiction)
06:00 pm: Dinner (The Halal Guys)
10:00 pm: Midnight Snack (Pokey O's Cookies and Ice Cream)
11:00 pm: Quiet Hours begin

Sunday (February 3)

07:00 am: Quiet Hours end, Submissions open
08:00 am: Brunch (Panera Bread)
10:00 am: Coding ends, Submissions close
10:30 am: Showcase and Judging
12:00 pm: Closing Ceremony
02:00 pm: HackSMU ends

Note: With regards to the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, HackSMU will end at 2:00 pm at the latest, giving participants enough time to prepare for the big game at 5:30 pm.

Hughes-Trigg Student Center
3140 Dyer Street,
Dallas TX, 75275


Momin Irfan is a senior at SMU studying computer science, finance, and mathematics.

Momin Irfan

Sabrina is an SMU junior studying finance and computer science. When she's not coding, you can find her analyzing figure skating scores, watching Friends, or posting on her foodstagram.

Sabrina Peng
Outreach Director

Tristan Knotts is a senior at Southern Methodist University, majoring in computer science with a minor in mathematics.

Tristan Knotts
Logistics Director

Carter is an SMU junior who studies Math, Computer Science, and pretty much anything else he can get his hands on. He spends most of his free time reading, going for runs, and beating his friends at Super Smash Bros.

Carter Koehler
Finance Director

The Fresh Duke Scotty Shaw is a Duke 2009 alum who founded HackDuke and creates and mentors hackathons for universities throughout Texas and Oklahoma. He can play all positions in basketball, but is most dangerous at point guard and shooting guard.

Scotty Shaw