Hacks with Friends 2019

Hacks with Friends 2018

What is Hacks with Friends (HWF)?

Hacks with Friends (HWF) is a spirited two-day hack event, sponsored by the U-M Office of the vice president for IT and CIO, where participants are encouraged to break out of your normal routine and have fun doing what they do best. Teams form, projects (a.k.a. “hacks”) are built from beginning to end and shown off in a fun, friendly competition. Who knows - something designed at this year's event could develop into new technology that would benefit the whole university!

View Pitches for the 2019 Hacks with Friends

Thank you to all who have submitted pitches for the 2019 Hacks with Friends. We’ve received a total of 19 pitches for this years event. If you have registered for the Hacks with Friends event, we invite you to take the time to review the submitted pitches and get an idea of which team you would like to join.

HWF Specifics

Who can participate?

Hacks with Friends is open to any and all IT professionals who work at U-M. It is a great opportunity to meet new people, build something new, and strengthen the IT community across campus. Whoever you are... Whatever your passion...Developers, Analysts, UX, Service Center Specialists, Security Specialists, Trainers, Desktop Support, Project Mgrs, Designers, or Brainstormers… We want you to be a part of it!


The 2019 Hacks with Friends is meeting once again at the Ross School of Business. Each team will be assigned to a separate space with a large screen display, whiteboard and conference table.

The Schedule (subject to change)

Hacks with Friends Day 1: Thursday, March 7

8 a.m. Check-in and light breakfast
9 a.m.

Welcome and opening remarks by Ravi Pendse, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO

9:15 a.m.

Presentation of Pitches • Teams form

10 a.m.

Hacking begin

Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Hacking continue
5 p.m Official end of Day 1









Hacks with Friends Day 2: Friday, March 8

8 a.m. Light breakfast • Announcements • Hacking continues and teams prepare presentations
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. 3-minute presentations and voting
2:30 p.m. Final presentations to judges by top four teams
3:30 p.m. Prize and award presentations
4:30 p.m. After event networking (location TBD)







Introducing the Judges

  • Andrew Rosenberg, M.D.
    • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Internal Medicine
    • Chief Information Officer for Michigan Medicine
  • Catherine Curley
    • Chief Information Officer for the College of LSA
  • Marcelline Harris, PhD, RN
    • Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing
      Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership

The Evolution of Hacks with Friends

Hacks with Friends is not a new idea. It is an evolution of an idea that began in 2013 with “MSIS Hack Day.” The energy created from having a hack event for campus IT professionals grew. In the spring of 2015 an expanded Hacks with Friends event was tested. Participants from ITS, MCIT, and the School Dentistry joined in the fun. The success of that event paved the way for the Office of the CIO to open the invitation to the entire Michigan IT community and begin sponsoring Hack with Friends on an annual basis.

Visit our archive of hack events for a look at how it all started and to get an idea of what to expect.

2019 Hacks with Friends Planning Team

Tom Amerman - ITS (Chair)
Christopher Visel - Ross IT
Sheri Fillip - Ross IT
Joel Iverson - ITS
Gretchen Kopmanis - LSA
Benjamin D Ibach - HITS
Joe Lubomirski - Dearborn ITS
Charles J Antonelli - LSA

Create • Build relationships • Share your talents • Have fun