Hacks with Friends 2019

Hacks with Friends 2018

Register today to participate in Hacks with Friends

A hack event for staff across all of Michigan IT.

Register today for 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 you are encouraged to break out of your normal routine and have fun doing what you do best. Form a team, build a project (a.k.a. “hack”) from beginning to end and show it off in a fun, friendly competition. Who knows - you might start something that could develop into new technology that would benefit the whole university!

Pitch Ideas for Hacks with Friends

Do you have an idea for a hack? Submit your pitch for a hack project through an online form to entice colleagues to join your team. Briefly describe the concept, create a short video, list out the skill sets you are looking for to be successful. Get creative! Pitches should demonstrate innovative ways information technology could impact the university and its mission.

The deadline to submit a pitch for a hack has been extended to 5 p.m., Friday, February 22. Great pitches have already come in, but we know more ideas are out there and we have space to accommodate a few more. Don’t delay!

Note: Brainstorming with others prior to the event is acceptable, but no pre-work allowed.

Tips for Submitting a Pitch

Let’s Get Specific

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 will once again meet 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 • Join a team • Hacks begin

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







Hacks with Friends Day 2: Friday, March 8

8 a.m. Regroup • Announcements • Hacks continue
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. 3-minute presentations and voting
2:30 p.m. Final presentations and judging
3:30 p.m. Awards presentation
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