Huskie Hack – 24 Hour Hackathon

Huskie Hack for Health & Wellness

November 4-5, 2017

Holmes Student Center

A 24-hour continuous computer and technology event promoting innovation and design in health and wellness.

Northern Illinois University will be hosting its 3rd Annual Huskie Hack November 4-5, 2017 at the Holmes Student Center in DeKalb, IL.

Huskie Hack is a 24-hour coding and technology event that is free to students from regional middle schools, high schools, and colleges.  Students from middle and high school will need a parental permission form signed and submitted prior to the event.  A flyer is attached advertising the event.  Registration is now open, and additional information can be found at

This year’s event focuses on challenges surrounding issues of health and wellness.  Students can dive into challenge prompts that are presented or address problems in these areas that impact their own lives, families, or community.

Health and wellness encompass emotional, physical, environmental, generational, global and system challenges.  Students do not need to be experts in health fields or in areas of computer design or engineering.  They need to be curious, innovative in thought, and ready to take risks in approaching these challenges with critical thinking and creativity.

Teams are limited to four individuals.  Each team must have at least one middle or high school student on its roster to actively compete for prizes.  Northern Illinois University is the only nationally recognized university to host a mix of pre-collegiate and college students in a hackathon.  Our unique environment and experiences in engaged learning ensure that your student will come away having learned a new skill, feel empowered for accomplishing a design challenge, and appreciate the experience of working with college students in a collegiate competition.

Interested in volunteering to support the event?  Opportunities are available.   We encourage parents, educators, and administrators to volunteer and observe what the Hack is all about.   Volunteers are also needed for the event to fill mentorship roles and workshop/TedTak presentation spots.  If interested in volunteering, please contact tlrogers@niu.eduabout opportunities.  For questions, feel free to email or call 815-753-2090.

This free event is student centered and will provide an opportunity for team competition in making and coding.  Please encourage your student’s to attend as this is one of the only events associated with Major League Hacking in the mid-west which is open to students in middle school and high school.

Please feel free to share with others in your school or district.  This is not limited to computer science or technology focused classes but open to all students interested in an innovative approach to critical thinking and innovation involving health and wellness.