HackUC is a 24 hour high school hackathon hosted by the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools, a district composed of five schools spanning a variety of subjects from engineering and computer science to health and performing arts. Located in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, we welcome all high schoolers!

The first HackUC hackathon was twelve hours and held on June 22nd. It all started with a huge plan to encourage interest in technology in high schoolers and was a huge success thanks to both the mentors and the students. You can check out some of the projects at
HackUC II is coming up soon, lasting for 24 hours. We envision a successful hackathon in which new and old hackers can come together and develop their skills. Come make history with us!

    118 Participants
    6 Courses
    33% Female
   93.4% New to Hackathons


What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is an event where people come together to try to create something in 24 hours. Web designers, developers, and business-oriented people with good ideas can all team up to produce a working demo. If you want to learn more about what hackathons are, check this out for more info!
How much does HackUC cost?
HackUC is completely free. We believe that anyone who wants to come into the STEM field should have the resources to do so. Come use your skills, learn new ones, and eat all the (free) food that you can!
What if I have no experience in coding?
Last year, most of the hackers at the hackathon did not know a single thing about programming. HackUC aims to teach everyone more about computer knowledge. Our goal is to have you leave with more knowledge than you came in with. You can be interested in anything, and still find a way to apply it to the hackathon by creating something about that interest. Most people don't realize, but hackathons are also about teamwork, fun, and free food!
What should I bring?
Bring all of these items on the day of the hackathon:
  • Laptop
  • School ID
  • Cell Phone
  • Chargers for your Devices (laptop, phone, tablet, etc.)
  • Release Waiver
  • Toiletries/Change of Clothes
  • Attitude to Learn
Other recommended items include:
  • Pillow/Sleeping Bag
  • Extension Cords
When/Where is this hackathon?
HackUC will be hosted by UCVTS, Scotch Plains NJ on June 22 - 23! There will be arrow signs posted around the campus directing you to the correct place, as well as schedules to make it easier to tell when you're supposed to be somewhere.
What do I win?
HackUC offers everyone a lifetime supply of happy memories and friends made during this weekend. In addition to this amazing prize, a panel of judges will select the best three prizes to win a trophy and fantastic prizes. Other awards are given to those using specific technologies and APIs. Participants will also get tons of free swag from sponsoring companies!
Am I eligible to attend this hackathon?
Any high school student may attend. There is no application process, just sign up! If you're out of high school, feel free to come and mentor!
I know someone who may be willing to sponsor HackUC.
That's awesome - we always need more sponsors for the event. Please let us know their email so that we can get in touch with them.
I am an adult who would like to help out with HackUC.
Perfect! HackUC always needs more mentors and adults in the event. If you are able to help us, please contact us below and we will get in touch as soon as possible. No matter who you are, you can help out!
I have other requests and/or questions about HackUC.
We would be glad to hear anything you have to say. Let us know your concerns at the bottom of the page.


Registration is closed.


Thursday, June 22
3:00 PM The Doors Open for Check-in
3:30 PM Opening Ceremony in the AIT Gym
4:30 PM Hacking Begins
4:30 PM Group Creation and Team Building Activities
5:15 PM Gotta Code 'Em All
5:30 PM Intro to Arduino
5:30 PM Intro to Web Dev
6:30 PM iOS
7:00 PM Cloudflare Apps
8:00 PM Dinner
9:30 PM ArkIO Workshop
11:00 PM Cup Stacking
Friday, June 23
12:00 AM Super Smash Bros Tournament
2:00 AM Mario Kart Tournament
6:00 AM Yoga
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM 1257 Robotics Class + Demo
10:00 AM MLH Class
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Demos Begin
2:00 PM Demos End
2:30 PM Closing Ceremony

Our Sponsors

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GEP Logo FRC Team 1257 Logo CloudFlare Logo
Giphy Logo RubensteinTech Logo Glencom Logo StratisPlatform Balsamiq Logo Data Online Logo Make School Logo MHS Logo AIT PSSO Logo ConnectOne Bank Logo
MIT Launch Logo Sticker Giant Logo Tech Domains Logo Princeton Review Logo Two River Community Bank Logo Rethinkit Logo GCI Logo

And Our Food Sponsors

Applebee's Logo Club Mate Logo Olive Garden Logo
Chick-Fil-A Logo Lady M Confections Logo Rudy's Ristorante & Pizzeria Logo

Contact us

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