building ethics & empathy into innovation

Low-Code Hackathon

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

The second Low-Code Hackathon doubled in size and impact.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for this event!

16Hack Teams

“clicks, not code”

this is how Citizen Developers build apps

Non-Profit Partners

A Precious Child

"Empowering Kids to Succeed"


A Precious Child assists children and families facing difficult life challenges such as abuse and neglect, crisis situations and poverty. APC provides disadvantaged and displaced children with “Cradle to Career“ support to break the cycle of poverty by reducing socioeconomic inequalities, connecting them with needed resources, services, opportunities and educational support. Learn more about the impact of A Precious Child by watching Kandace's Story.

Potential Hack Projects

  • Build a system to manage donor anniversaries (or “donorversaries”) for the Stewardship team
  • Automate data gathering, reporting, and analytics dashboard for CSR / ESG reporting & storytelling
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City of Boulder

"Elevating Lives in our Community"


The City of Boulder strives to deliver service excellence for an inspired future. Recognized as one of the best places live and to start or grow a business, Boulder offers an award-winning quality of life, culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, and a collaborative, resource-rich business environment. Boulder's uniqueness of place, sense of community, cultural and recreational amenities, world class university, and national labs attract visionary entrepreneurs, well-educated and highly skilled talent, and leading-edge businesses in a range of growing industries. Visit, live, and work in Boulder.

Potential Hack Projects

  • App that uses geolocation, navigation, SMS, and/or voice to help find parking and public transportation

  • Interactive web app that displays map of affordable housing and/or high-speed internet across Boulder

CU Climate Summit

"Right Here, Right Now"


CU Boulder, United Nations Human Rights and the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Alliance are co-hosting a three day global climate summit. Students will be tasked with solving specific challenges that are faced by CU on campus, in the community, and globally. Partnering with Mission Zero and the CU Consortium on Climate & Health, this "client" is the collective representation of global needs with local impact.

Potential Hack Projects

  • A web-based registration portal and virtual expo booth for projects at the Climate Action Expo
  • OPEN TRACK - "bring your own Business Plan" and build a low-code app to make it a sustainable reality
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Climate Summit

In support of the UN Global Climate Summit event at CU Boulder, the Low-Code Hackathon will be working to solve specific campus climate issues.

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Keynote Speaker

"From CU to $1 Million Raised, in 18 months"
Learn about how a recent CU grad leveraged his experience, network, and passion to build a venture-backed software startup without being technical.

David Lopez - ShoutOut Colorado

David Lopez

Co-Founder & CEO, Gritly

David Lopez is the co-founder and CEO at Gritly. Based in Denver, he grew up in a
family-oriented household that gave him his passion for serving those in his
community. Like many entrepreneurs, David's path began as early as high school
when he worked on building his first company. During college, David began working
on what would become the first version of his first scalable company. Gritly started off
as a tech sales bootcamp aimed at helping diverse communities gain access to
training, hands-on experience, and employers in order to find employment
opportunities that generated economic mobility for their candidates. David and his
team were able to help a lot of their candidates double and triple their incomes and get
off of government assistance programs. In order to scale, the team then launched a
software platform that enables any role-specific training program to launch and
manage their own bootcamps, while getting access to Gritly's growing network of
employers. Outside of building Gritly, David also serves on the Advisory Boards for the
Boulder County Workforce Development Center and the Colorado nonprofit, A
Precious Child. When he's not working, he enjoys spending time with his family or
improving his golf game.

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 inaugural event was launched in 2022-02.
See the next event to track our growth!


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