Since our first event in 2012, we have focused on the quality of our event and the satisfaction of every student that walks through our doors. We have maintained the intimacy provided by smaller hackathons and the energy of larger 1,000+ student hackathons, and we hope to continue catering to each of our hackers while engaging them with a diverse community and an infectious attitude for building.
Last year, 60 percent of attendees were first-time hackers. These weren’t just underclassmen — these were freshmen, seniors, and graduate students who had never been encouraged to venture outside of the classroom and apply their knowledge in the real world.
All years were represented in equal portions, with no one class standing out in terms of sheer presence. We reached out across UT and the state of Texas to encourage students from all walks of life to join us, and each student found their niche at HackTX, whether they were first-time builders or nutty masterminds.
Attendees came from 17 different universities, traveling from as far north as the University of Michigan and as far south as Tecnológico de Monterrey. We hosted 13 Texas universities and colleges, and our long-term commitment to helping the Texas scene has encouraged both high school and university hackers to host their own hackathons, including School’s Out Hackathon, TAMUHack, and HackDFW.
Last year, 17% of HackTX attendees identified as female, on par with the percentage of women in UTCS, and 27% identified as hispanic, far above the national reported average for students in computer science. However, we are endlessly striving to see people of all gender identities, ethnicities, academic studies, interests, and skill levels at HackTX, and we are heavily expanding our efforts to provide a safer, more collaborative environment for creatives, designers, coders and mentors to learn from, teach, and inspire one another.
Hackathons are more than just a weekend sprint. Hackathons are a growing network of builders and mentors. They're a green light to learn something new and to build anything you desire.
Come build with us, and meet your new community.
- Team HackTX.
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