building ethics & empathy into innovation

Low-Code Sustainability Hackathon

gain experience, build skills, win prizes
... all for a good cause

if you have never "hacked"
and aren't a "coder"...
this event is for you!

  • Interested in gaining real-world experience building sustainable solutions from an environmental and financial perspective? Do you like competition?
  • If so, this Hackathon is for you! Teams of students will compete for cash prizes, legit industry credentials, and tons of merch (oh, and lots of free food).
  • All aspiring Citizen Developers welcome (meaning, no coding experience required). Register using your valid University of Colorado student account.

“clicks, not code”

this is how Citizen Developers build apps


CU Students

Any actively enrolled students can register a team for the University of Colorado Low-Code Hackathon

New Venture Challenge

We are working closely with the team behind the renowned NVC, which runs a full academic year entrepreneurial competition

Industry Partners

Leaders from the technology industry and startup ecosystem will be involved throughout the event, plus a Keynote on design thinking


Gain Experience

Work on actual business problems, and deploy solutions that will be put to use in the real world

Build Skills

Work with your team and with innovators from campus and industry to learn how to rapidly deliver value

Win Prizes

Multiple cash prizes, as well as merch and street cred



Salesforce, Skuid, Slack... Mogli for messaging... Asana to Zapier... you name it, you can use it at the Hackathon

No Cost

Sign up for a free Developer account for each of the platforms, getting started quickly and scaling up easily

When & Where

Oct 17 - Kickoff & Ideation Workshop *

Kick-off event featuring keynote, design thinking session, team formation, and start of the 186 hour countdown

CASE 100; 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Oct 18 - Lunch Hack

food & fun

TBD; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Oct 19 - Breakfast Hack

more food & fun... and lots of coffee!

TBD; 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Hack Space; 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Oct 21 - Dinner Hack

fun & yes, food
presentation prep

TBD; 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Oct 22 - Pitch Practice

Provide pizza
Provide slide deck template

TBD; 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Oct 23 - Submissions Due

TBD; 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Oct 24 - Finale & Celebration *

Culmination event with final demos, judging decisions, partner presentations, and awards ceremony

TBD; 6:00 – 8:00 pm

*at least one member of the team must attend in order to qualify to compete

CU ATLAS building

Award Decisions

Teams will be judged on multiple criteria reflecting creativity, execution, design thinking, feasibility and scalability... all based on the low-code application they developed during the hackathon. Judging will be conducted by a panel of industry and academic leaders, using an innovative new Decision Science platform called Volley built with low-code technology!

Low-Code Platforms

use any or all of these leading tools


The Low-Code Hackathon was developed & curated by
Matthew John Brady, Entrepreneur & Educator
working in close coordination with the
University of Colorado – Leeds School of Business
and the Salesforce CU Student Group.
The scope and scale of the Hackathon program has grown significantly since the prior event in 2022-12.


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