In collaboration with


HackDuke is about

Collaboration, not competition
HackDuke is not just about building meaningful projects. It's also an open forum to discuss, share and bring to life ideas that aim to make a positive impact on social issues. Look forward to working with experts from non-profits and coding alongside mentors from tech companies!
Exploring the intersection between technology and social good
HackDuke welcomes anyone who has passion. If you don’t know how to code, fret not! We are open to people of all majors who are interested in how technology can be used to promote social change.
Giving back
HackDuke encourages students to venture beyond the classroom. Learn how your skills can be used to make a difference other people’s lives.



How can I help? I want to volunteer!

If you're a Duke student and you want to help out day of, please fill out this form! If you aren't, please put your email in the netID section. You'll get a free hack kitty t-shirt. :D

How do I get in touch?

Contact us at

Who can participate?

You can participate as long as you're a student (undergraduate or graduate)! If you're a new grad, we'd love to have you too.

If you want to be a mentor, see here!

Who can I work with?

Anyone! Get to know your fellow programmers better from your own and other schools!

The only request that we have is that you make a new friend by talking to each other, our mentors and our experts!

What can I make?

We welcome all software and hardware hacks that align to our tracks for impact. We will also have lab space for hardware hackers.

Anything I should remember to bring?

Bring your own ethernet cables (or you can just WiFi) and bring any Nerf gun arsenal you have!

When? Where?

HackDuke is on Saturday, November 15th to Sunday, November 16th. It is hosted on Duke University's West Campus, CIEMAS. More information about travel and parking can be found here.


Anyone from across the nation is welcome to come! We will be providing buses for certain universities.

For those who are not coming by a bus that we provide, a maximum of $200 will be reimbursed. We will be sending out the forms necessary for this reimbursement to expedite the process, so if you're coming, check your email!

What are the tracks of impact?

The tracks of impact are:

  1. Inequality
  2. Energy & The Environment
  3. Health & Wellness
  4. Education

We ask all the hackers to try and create hacks that address the following tracks above. If you need ideas or inspiration, check HackKitty's blog!

This is my first time at a hackathon/This is my first time learning to code. Can I still come?

Of course! We have a specific room and track for novice programmers and first-time hackers and software engineers from all kinds of companies to give you one-on-one mentorship. (:

Also, if you go to Duke, UNC or NCState, look out for our education week. We'll be holding crash courses on web dev, iOS and Android dev as well as hardware!


Yes, but there's a little twist! The grand prizes are donations under your name to our local charities! There will be grand prize winners for each track, novice track and many other company sponsored API prizes as well. Check the prizes page for more info!

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Smitha Satish

Robert Hablutzel

Sandip Agrawal

Baris Yuksel

Kathleen Oshima

Grant Oakley

Grigory Bloch

Peter Newhook

Manny Lavery

Zeashan Pappa

Jason Oettinger

Dean Chen

Kirill Klimuk

Adam Ilardi

Josh Urban

Yamil Asusta

Sebastian Park

Daniel Creech

Yashodhan Fadnavis

Rajat Meher

Amanda Rogers

Girish Hoogar

Robert Mills

Brijesh Luckria

Alan Chan

Shubhangi Priya

Dennis Li

Yang Su

Yixin Zhu

Kimberly Nguyen

David Crook

Kasey Champion

Mark Govea

David Herzka

Dian Xiao

Jan Paul Posma

Renato Pereyra

Kaylee Nichols

Claire Treyz

Ben Madison

Dion Larson

Randall Hunt

Sierra Brown

Matthew Tse

Jenny Tong

Michael McDonald

Sai Vennam

Lee Surprenant

Ginny Ghezzo

Ritchie Schacher

Scott Rich

Christina Platt

Ruth Willenborg

Sanjay Joshi

Sudhakar Nagarajan

Joshua Lund

Brett Geren

Justin Straight

Janet Xiao

Dalia Wimberly

Mark Palmeri

Alison Clay

Rickey Bloomfield

Andrew Krzmarzick

Adam Martin

Katherine Jetton

Damien Patrilli

Andrew Shim

Brandon Ervin

Ashley Friedman

Osama AlRaee

Idris Dosunmu

Nur Hayat

Reid Serozi

Lawson Kurtz

Chase Olivieri

Markus Braasch

Jay Liotta

Susana Remington

Katie Kross

Simon Spero

Jose Magana

Ian Henshaw

Ross Cahoon

Michael Wilson

Mike Bannister

Joyce Yu

Pamela Blizzard

Tobin Freid

John Nash Maravich

Suman Gandham

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