October 16 - 17, 2021

Welcome to HackSMU!

We are Southern Methodist University's Annual Hackathon.

Any experience level, in person and virtual - all are welcome. Join us in our first ever Hybrid Hackathon to meet up, have fun, and create something amazing!

Frequently Asked Questions

HackSMU is a virtual, 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!

A hybrid hackathon offers a fully in-person Hackathon experience, while also allowing virtual participants. We use digital mediums such as Discord and Twitch to allow all participants - in person and virtual - to attend workshops, create teams and submit projects. Distance is no barrier!

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

Not a problem! Experience is not a requirement to attend HackSMU. Come join us and learn from our workshops and mentors!

College and university students of all majors and skills, as well as recent graduates and select high school students, are eligible to apply for HackSMU.

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.

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.

Build whatever you want! We will have workshops and mentors to help you build and present Websites, Mobile Apps, VR Games, Hardware Hacks, and more!

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. See the official Major League Hacking Code of Conduct for details on rules and guidelines at hackathons here.

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 (October 16th)

10am: Check-in Begins
12pm: Opening Ceremony, Hacking Starts
1pm: Lunch
6:30pm: Dinner
12am: Midnight Boba
12:30am: Quiet Hours Begin

Sunday (October 17th)

6:30am: Quiet Hours End
7am: Sunrise over Dallas Hall
9am: Breakfast
12pm: Hacking Ends, Submit to Devpost
1pm: Judging Begins
2pm: Closing Ceremony (Link), Winners announced

Workshops and Fun Events TBA!


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


HackSMU Live
Hacker Guide


Nathan is a junior at SMU studying computer science and statistics. When he's not hacking away at his fully-customized linux terminal, he likes to run and listen to lo-fi beats on spotify. He prides himself on being the Computer Science Club Treasurer and doing *really good* at that one JV wrestling tournament in high school.

Nathan Wesley

Charlotte is an SMU sophomore studying computer science and statistics. She is a Hunt Scholar, Vice President of the SMU Environmental Society, and an active member of many other clubs and organizations on campus. When she is not working, you can find her hanging out with friends, playing tennis, or reading.

Charlotte McCulloh

Michael is a sophomore studying computer science and math at SMU. Outside of coding, he's involved in SMU's Engineers Without Borders and plays trombone for the SMU Mustang Band. In his free time, he enjoys tutoring, drawing, running, and playing video games.

Michael Lennon

Rich is a senior studying computer science at SMU. His initial exposure to computer science was in the 9th grade. Back then, technology was just an interest, but now it is dear to his heart. Currently, his favorite area in computer science is robotics, and he is an active member in the Robotics club on campus.

Rich Aisabor
Logistics Committee Lead

Karnett is an SMU sophomore majoring in finance and French with a minor in computer science. She spends her free time working out, volunteering with her service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and vehemently defending the Houston Astros.

Karnett Huynh

Nathan is currently a sophomore at SMU planning to major in computer science. He is very interested in game development and plays guitar and writes music in his free time.

Nathan Ovadia
Creativity Committee Lead

Hazel is a freshman studying computer science and economics. She is also involved in Asian Council, Project Sunshine, and Robotics. Outside school, she like to bake and play tennis.

Hazel Eroy

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