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Hackathon 2024

Welcome to the Hesburgh Libraries HACK•A•THON, where teams of developers, graphic designers, subject specialists, and other creatives come together to re-imagine solutions to everyday problems. We provide resources and technical assistance. You collaborate, create, and innovate to bring new solutions that help with this year’s theme: Unity in Diversity for an Inclusive Tomorrow.

This competition features cash awards and is open to all Notre Dame undergraduate students.

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Successful projects depend on interdisciplinary expertise and cross-functional teams. Designing for digital is a shared conversation with diverse stakeholders. Bring your unique talents to help shape the vision and work of your team.


This year's theme is Unity in Diversity for an Inclusive Tomorrow. Teams will develop ideas that leverage technology to discover, visualize, or create connections among people, ideas, data, and more.


Whether you have new answers to old problems or see entirely new challenges to tackle, bring your fresh ideas and your digital skills to reimagine what's possible.

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Hackathon Hosts

We are the chairs for this year's Hesburgh Libraries Hackathon. Contact us by email at any time at or on Slack with your questions and concerns. We're here to make sure you have a great Hackathon.

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Slack Workspace

We recommend signing up for the Hesburgh Hackathon's official Slack workspace for important announcements and opportunities to network with all participants, and to get quick answers from the Hackathon admins.


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  • #event-questions
  • #find-a-team

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All Hesburgh Library Hackathon participants must abide by the following rules:

  • Teams must be made up exclusively of 2-4 students. Student competitors may not be organizers, volunteers, judges, sponsors, or occupy any other position of special privilege related to this event.

  • Teams may not add members nor drop below the minimum of 2 members, once the competition starts. Teams who do will be disqualified. Contact the chairs immediately, should this situation arise.

  • All team projects must be coded in a programming language(s).

  • Teams may use libraries and frameworks in their projects, but all original work on a project should be done during the competition time. Teams may work on a project idea that they have worked on before, as long as they do not re-use code that they have written outside the competition—such as a project completed for a course.

  • Teams may not continue working on their projects (code) or presentations after formal presentations have begun.

  • Teams may be disqualified from the competition at the organizers' discretion. Reasons might include, but are not limited to, breaking the rules, violating the Code of Conduct (see below), or other harassing or unsporting behavior.

Intellectual Property

The Hesburgh Libraries does not claim any license or intellectual property rights in participants' submissions, except for the limited license to review those submissions as part of Hackathon judging and awarding of prizes. Whether participants choose to share their submissions under an open source license or not, they should also be aware that using any open source software, packages, or other APIs may bind them to an open source license. Whatever license participants choose, they should ensure they clearly understand their rights and responsibilities under that license. For instance, if participants do choose to share their submission under an open source license, this may impact their future rights to restrict the use and redistribution of their work.

Code of Conduct

Social Practices

In keeping with the codes of conduct set forth in du Lac: A Guide to Student Life, our Hackathon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, previous hackathon attendance or computing experience. We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form.

In order to foster a positive and professional learning environment, we encourage the following kinds of behaviors:

  • Use welcoming and inclusive language
  • Be respectful of different viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accept constructive criticism
  • Focus on what is best for all of us in the community
  • Show courtesy and respect towards other community members

If you witness or experience any violation of this Code of Conduct during the Hackathon, please contact the event chairs immediately, or email


All participants understand that the Hesburgh Libraries Hackathon may be photographed, videotaped, and or recorded by the Hesburgh Libraries, and grant the Hesburgh Libraries the right to use or refrain from using their name and/or likeness without their approval or compensation. Photography by participants is encouraged, but other participants must be given a reasonable chance to opt out of being photographed. If they object to their photograph being taken, you must comply with their request. It is inappropriate to take photographs and/or screenshots in contexts where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

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