In April 2015, CatHacks was the first national college hackathon in the state of Kentucky. This year, we're back for round five.

On March 30, 2019, hackers will travel from colleges across the nation to the University of Kentucky in Lexington. You'll have 24 hours to explore new technologies, meet talented students, and network with innovative tech companies. The food is on us, and so is the swag; CatHacks is completely free!

Check-in starts at 10AM on March 30th.

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To participate in CatHacks, you must be a student at a college or university.

To submit, you must be present at CatHacks during the competition weekend.


As judging will take place in person, you need only submit a brief description of your project. A paragraph or two will suffice.

Please include screenshots or pictures if possible. 

How to enter

To enter this challenge, sign up on before 3/30/2019

You must be able to attend the physical hackathon at the University of Kentucky.


Irsyad Hanif

Irsyad Hanif
Cyber Software Engineer at Northrop Grumman

Ethan Gill

Ethan Gill
Software Engineer at Accenture

Dr. Jerzy Jaromczyk

Dr. Jerzy Jaromczyk
Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Kentucky

Dean Crockett

Dean Crockett

Judging Criteria

  • Complexity
    Project is built around a complex algorithm or design, is very intricately constructed, and/or solves a difficult problem in an intelligent way.
  • Usability
    Project is extremely user friendly and appears ‘product-ready’.
  • User Experience / Design
    User Interface is simple and easy to navigate, intuitive, and pleasant to use. Design is polished and uncluttered.
  • Presentation
    All team members are knowledgable and contribute to presentation. Presentation effectively demonstrates project capabilities and explains use cases.
  • Creativity and Utility
    Project is extremely creative and very useful. It is apparent that careful thought went into this project.