Huskie Hack Challenge at NIU

Huskie Hack for Health & Wellness

Critical Design Challenges

November 4-5, 2017

Holmes Student Center

A 24-hour continuous design challenge focused on the intersection of computer coding, engineering design and fields related to 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 critical design challenge involving computer coding, technology, engineering design and areas of intersection with health and wellness. This event is free to students from regional middle schools, high schools, and colleges. Students from middle or high school will need a parental permission form signed and submitted prior to 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.

Educators, professionals, and administrators, are you 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. If interested in volunteering, please contact tlrogers about opportunities. For questions, feel free to email or call 815-753-2090.

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.

Tracy Rogers-Tryba, Ms.Ed.

The power of “Why?” should never be underestimated.

Pronouns: She, Her, and Hers

Outreach & Engagement Specialist

P20 Center

Northern Illinois University

148 N. 3rd. Street

Monat Building, Room 167

DeKalb, IL 60115

PH: 815-753-2090
FAX: 815-753-0666


HuskieHack_2017_Registration Flyer.pdf

Volunteer Form _ FillableHH2017.pdf

HACK Parental-Consent-Form-and-Waiver-of-Liability-Agreement.pdf