Welcome to Uncommon Hacks, the official hackathon of the University of Chicago! Spend 24 hours working on a project and meeting cool people in this one-of-a-kind experience! In our 2023 edition of Hacks, we're excited to bring you the biggest event since the pandemic, including the overnight component that makes for a truly unforgettable experience.

Although Hacks will have prizes, we place more emphasis on learning and collaboration than some kind of competitive aspect. So even if you've never coded before, please do sign up! A successful Hacks team needs people with different skill sets, and if you would like to learn how to code, we'll have workshops to help you do so.


Down the rabbit hole we go,
To a world so strange, you'll never know,
Where anything you desire,
Can come to life and never expire.

For the hackathon, we seek,
Innovative minds who are unique,
To build a project that will astound,
And leave our judges spellbound.

Create an app or build a bot,
Design a game or an IoT plot,
The sky's the limit, let your imagination run,
And create something that's never been done.

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Best Overall

Most Uncommon

The Cheshire Cat Smile Award

Best in track: Video Game

Best in track: Web Development

Best in track: Programmatic Art

Best in track: Data Analytics

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


A panel of experts from industry and the University of Chicago

A panel of experts from industry and the University of Chicago

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
  • Polish
  • Dedication to theme

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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