November 8th - 10th, 2024 | 36 Hours | Amherst, MA

Who are we?

We are HackUMass, a 36-hour event
where students bring their craziest ideas to life.

Watch a recap of HackUMass VII, where 1,000 students
came together to learn and build some incredible projects

Why HackUMass?

What Makes Us Unique


Hardware from A to Z

At HackUMass, we foster collaboration among developers and engineers, empowering them to craft outstanding software and hardware projects. Our extensive toolkit includes everything from Arduinos and Raspberry Pis to quadcopters and Oculus Rifts. With the resources in hand and your creative ideas, let's bring them to life at HackUMass!

Creative Hackers

HackUMass welcomes hackers of all backgrounds and experience levels - from veterans to newcomers, developers to entrepreneurs. Our aim is to unite and inspire a diverse community. Join 800 participants in one of New England's top hackathons. Come make new connections and be part of something special.


Incredible Venue

Tired of the same old gym-based hacking? Say no more! HackUMass takes place in the cutting-edge Integrative Learning Center (ILC) at UMass Amherst. This state-of-the-art, four-story, 173,000 sq. ft. facility offers 2,000 seats and ample space for hacking, rest, yoga, Super Smash Bros, and more. As one of New England's biggest research universities, we're serious about our hacking spaces, and we think you'll love it.

#1 Dining

Soylent not cutting it for you? Don’t worry. We have the #1 dining service in the nation! As a HackUMass participant, you'll enjoy access to our highly-rated dining halls and other facilities. Any dietary restrictions? No problem! We cater to all special dietary needs.

MITRE sponsors at HackUmass X

Generous Sponsors

HackUMass thrives with the support of our diverse incredible sponsors, ranging from startups to industry giants. They bring you workshops, tech talks, prizes, swag, and more. Check out this year's sponsors below (and make sure to say thanks to them)! If your company is interested in sponsoring, reach out to us at
Have Questions?

Frequently Asked Questions

Drop us an email if you can't find an answer to your question in this list

What is a hackathon?
A hackathon is where students bring their cool ideas to life. Over the course of 36 hours, participants can use software and/or hardware to build their idea and win prizes, whether as a team or as an individual.
Where is it?
HackUMass XII will be completely in-person this year. This includes check-in, hardware checkout, swag pickup, participation and judging. Mentoring and most workshops will also take place in-person. More details regarding the career fair, opening and closing ceremonies, and catering will be given closer to the hackathon.
Who's coming?
We expect over 1000 hackers from across the U.S. to attend our hackathon.
Who can attend?
Participation in HackUMass XII is not limited to UMass Amherst students. The hackathon and the workshops are open to all college/university students, across all majors!
Do I need experience?
We welcome hackers of all experience levels to HackUMass! Our beginner track will help hackers who want to learn more about software and hardware hacking get started. We will also have mentors willing to help if you run into any problems during the event.
Should I be in a team?
We encourage everyone to work in a team of up to 4 people. Larger teams are allowed, but we are unable to guarantee that every member of your team will be able to receive prizes if you win. There will be plenty of opportunities to form your team online and at the event -- so don't worry if you haven't yet planned it out.
Can I start my project before the event?
No, you may not start your project beforehand. All of the work related to the project must be done during the event.
Is there a Code of Conduct we need to abide by?
Be smart about your actions. We enforce the MLH Code of Conduct at our event.
This hackathon is brought to you by...

Our Sponsors

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Our Partners

Our Team

Meet the people behind it!

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