building ethics & empathy into innovation

Low-Code Hackathon

gain experience, build skills, win prizes

The inaugural Low-Code Hackathon was a smashing success!
If you missed the event in Q1 2022, look for more events in the future!

8Hack Teams

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

  • Love solving unique and real-world problems? Interested in getting real-world experience building solutions for local non-profits? Do you like to competition?
  • If so, this Hackathon is for you! Teams of students will compete for cash prizes, legitimate industry recognition, and tons of merch (oh, and 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

Non-Profit Partners

We are working closely with three local organizations, for which the hackathon deliverables will create great value

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... Asana to Zapier... you name it, you will see it during the Low-Code Hackathon

No Cost

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

When & Where

Fri 2/25/2022, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Kick-off event featuring Keynote on Design Thinking
Rustandy Atrium and Koelbel 352

Sat 2/26 - Sun 2/27

Around-the-clock hacking on Sat and Sun
teams can work from anywhere, on or off campus

Mon 2/28, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Conclusion event with final demonstrations, judging decisions, and awards ceremony for non-profit partners & winning teams
CASE Chancellor’s Auditorium


take the next step that's right for you

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. A Precious Child 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.

Potential Hack Projects

  • SMS notifications for Fundraising and Volunteer Events
  • Campaign tracking and email automation for Fundraising


"Powering Entrepreneurs to End Poverty"


iDE is a global team of 1,200 change-makers coming from diverse backgrounds within international development and the private sector. What we all have in common is the belief that one entrepreneur can change their community and millions can change the world. The role of technology at iDE is to field products that serve our people and processes so we can unlock new business models, be more efficient and deliver impact at scale.

Potential Hack Projects

  • Tactics Explorer for rapid searching & filtering of 50+ records
  • Project Builder to link multiple Tactics to an Opportunity

Keynote Speaker

Ken McElrath

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Ken is a design thinker, author, artist, and a serial entrepreneur. Before launching Skuid, he founded or helped launch at least a dozen other startups. He spent his early career leading marketing for various divisions of MicroAge Inc. Ken co-authored two best-selling books, The Ascent of a Leader, and Beyond Your Best. He earned two bachelor's degrees from Grand Canyon University and an MFA degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. When he's not traveling, he lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with his wife, Donna.

Learn More: Upside Down App Design & Development | Utility, Efficiency, Clarity, & Delight | Skuid + Salesforce

Watch the Keynote

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!

Read about how the hackathon judging used collaborative decision optimization
with qualitative criteria to select the winning teams...

Low-Code Platforms

use any or all of these leading tools


The Low-Code Hackathon is
an exclusive new event 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 Q1 2022.
Future events are being planned now!


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