Hacks with Friends 2021

Hacks with Friends 2021 - May 7, 14, & 21

Register for the 2021 virtual Hacks with Friends event

Register today to participate in the first virtual Hacks with Friends (HWF) – a fun-filled event where you are encouraged to break out of your normal routine, form a team, build a project (or hack) from scratch, and show it off in a competition. This year’s event will take place virtually over the course of the first three Fridays in May 2021 (May 7, 14, and 21).

Hacks with Friends 2021 Schedule Overview (detailed schedule below)

  • Friday, April 23: 10 a.m. – Noon - Pitch Open House (optional)
  • Friday, May 7: 8:30 a.m. – Noon
  • Friday, May 14: 8:30 a.m. – Noon
  • Friday, May 21: 8:30 a.m. – Noon & 1 – 3 p.m.

HWF is a spirited event open to any and all University of Michigan IT and technology professionals and advocates, regardless of role. Project managers, analysts, developers, UX designers, documentation specialists, designers, security specialists, trainers, desktop support specialists, cheerleaders or whoever else you are… we invite you to be a part of this “hackathon.” Pick up new skills, make new connections, and explore new technologies and innovative ways of providing IT services. You never know - you might start something that could develop into a new technology that would benefit the entire university! The only limit is your imagination.

2021 HWF Pitches

Review the 17 pitches submitted for the 2021 virtual Hacks with Friends event to see where you think you could contribute. You will sign up for a pitch team at the time of registration, in advance of the event.

Pitch Open House - April 23

Join us Friday, April 23, from 10 a.m. – noon for a special Pitch Open House event via Zoom. The 2021 HWF planning committee will welcome you and pitch leaders will be available in breakout rooms within the Zoom session to discuss their pitch idea and answer your questions. Jump from room to room and find out all you need to know and decide which hack you want to join. A link to the open house will be available closer to the event.

2021 Hacks with Friends Schedule (Subject to change)

HWF Day 1: Friday, May 7

Time Agenda
8:30 a.m. Kick off 2021 Hacks with Friends - Zoom Webinar
8:45 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
9 a.m. Teams finalized and Team Zoom meeting room links provided
9:30 a.m. Hacks begin
Noon HWF Day 1 concludes

HWF Day 2: Friday, May 14

Time Agenda
8:30 a.m. Welcome back and announcements - Zoom Webinar
9 a.m. Teams regroup in Zoom meeting rooms and continue Hacking
9:30 a.m. Special advisors revolve through team rooms (New for 2021)
Hacking continues
Noon HWF Day 2 concludes

HWF Day 3: Friday, May 21

Time Agenda
8:30 a.m. Welcome back and announcements - Zoom Webinar
9 a.m. Teams regroup in Zoom meeting rooms and continue Hacking
10:30 a.m. 3-minute presentations - Livestreamed event
Public voting - top four teams move on to the finals
Noon Break for Lunch - On your own
1 p.m. Top four finalists - 10-minute presentation to Judges
2:15 p.m. Judges deliberate
Check in with past hack teams
2:45 p.m. Winners Announced
Thank You

Questions, ideas, or feedback

Send questions, ideas, and feedback to: hackswithfriends@umich.edu

2021 Hacks with Friends Planning Team

  • Joseph Lubomirski - UM-Dearborn ITS (Co-Chair)
  • Kenny Moore - ITS (Co-Chair)
  • Ryan McKenzie - Ross IT
  • Joel Iverson - ITS
  • Kim Wooton - ITS
  • Jennifer Burch - ITS
  • Jared Walfish - ITS
  • Alyssa Longo - LSA TS

Create • Build relationships • Share your talents • Have fun