Open to all kinds. And we be kind.

SwampHacks is 36 hours for you to learn, create, and celebrate. For the whole weekend, 500 students will come together as aspiring developers, engineers, builders, designers—any person who has a desire to create something—focus on a project, and learn by making.

From abundant mentors to workshops, SwampHacks will be the platform to start your exploration into development and the community space for hanging out with some of the brightest minds of the South. So come join us, and let’s have an awesome weekend in the swamp.

Where is SwampHacks?

SwampHacks will be held in the Collaboration Commons in Marston Science Library at the University of Florida. With both the basement level and first floor, anticipate a large open space for community hacking and the quiet floor for sleep and concentration. The address is 444 Newell Dr, Gainesville, FL 32611

Who is SwampHacks for?

Are you currently enrolled in a university? Are you interested in building something awesome? Congratulations! You are eligible!

With SwampHacks 2017, we look forward to making an open environment for any university student to explore their desire to learn more about technology. Spanning from first timers who have never coded to veteran hackers, SwampHacks will accomodate for all levels of expertise (PS. Hackathons aren’t all about coding. Who do you think drew this beautiful website?)

36 hours

of hacking

12 hours to learn, 12 hours to build, and 12 hours to fix all the things. And yes, you can sleep during some of that time as well.

4 people

per team

You can come with a team or join a team at our team-formation event! Great minds work and learn best when working together.

10+ workshops

learn away

For iOS to IoT, from Git to Design, we are sharing the knowledge, getting you jumpstarted on what you need.

Event Schedule

Though most of the time will be allocated to hacking, we also have a load of workshops, tech talks, and even our new tournament of activities: The Swamp Cup. This schedule will be updated with time for activities and workshops as the event nears, so make sure to keep up to date!

Friday, January 20

Check-In + Dinner

Marston Science Library

Opening Ceremonies


Team Building + Sponsor Fair


Hacking Begins!

Workshops and more to follow!

APIs Workshop

Learn from our sponsors about their APIs and how to use them

Saturday, January 21

Midnight Snack








Sunday, January 22

Midnight Snack




DevPost Submission Close

Make sure to submit what you have!

Hacking Ends


Demo Fair


Closing Ceremonies


Our Wonderful Sponsors

Heron Sponsors

Turtle Sponsors

Lily Pad Sponsors


Interested in Sponsoring?

Email us at


You got questions? Well, do we have some answers for you.

But if we do not answer your question below, please feel free to reach out to us at

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a weekend long event where projects are made from idea to prototype. At the end of the given time, projects are presented in a science fair setting—which, yes, includes prizes. The purpose of a hackathon is to have students learn development by creating a product while being provided resources like free-rentable hardware, tech workshops, and mentors. Hackathons are a space where road-blocks are eliminated, and students can learn new skills with ease.

What should I bring?

Bring yourself, some comfy clothes, toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, etc) and your hacking gear (laptop, hardware…and don’t forget the chargers!)

Help, this is my first hackathon!?

That is awesome! We are so glad you decided to be a part of the hacker community. SwampHacks welcomes everyone of any major and any level as long as they have a passion for development! We will have workshops during the event, mentors to help you through any troubles, so no matter what skill levels, we will provide the resources to help you learn.

Can high school students attend?

Although we would love to host high school students, our hacking venue does not allow minors to stay overnight, so we cannot allow high school students to participate this year. We hope that you can join us in the future!

How do I log in?

If you received an acceptance email, you can access your information by logging in to your generated account. Otherwise, don’t worry about it. :)

What do I do about teams?

Gather your friends, meet some peeps at opening, or attend our team-creation event right after opening ceremonies. No worries about knowing anyone beforehand; SwampHacks is for creating new connections and new people from around the states. Maximum 4 people per team.

How much will I be spending?

Just like the best things in life, it’s free! The food is free, the swag is free, the prizes are free, the fun is free!

How do I get there?

Whether it’s walking, driving, boating, as long as you get here! We are working to charter buses to pick up students from nearby schools. We will be rolling out more information as the event nears.

Will I be sitting at my computer all weekend?

That decision is up to you, but if you would like a break, we have so much for you to do. We will have a multitude of activities, spanning from puzzle hunts to ping pong tournaments. In addition, these events will contribute to scoring points in the SwampCup! Who will be the champion of 2017? It could be you!

Is there any travel reimbursement?

We will have a north-bound bus starting in Miami and a south-bound bus driving from Georgia Tech. Emails detailing bus logistics will be sent to those accepted from relevant schools. Unfortunately, we will not be offering individual travel reimbursement this year.

See you next year!

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