San Antonio, TX

April 7 - 8



RowdyHacks is a 24-hour competitive programming event in which teams of students work together to “hack” together a website, app, or tool. RowdyHacks is for everyone: whether you’ve never written a line of code or you’re a seasoned programmer, the most important thing is to learn something new and have fun!


  • Saturday
    Apr. 7

  • 10:00
    Check In Opens
  • 12:00
    Opening Ceremony
  • 1:30
    Hacking Begins
  • 2:00 - 5:00
  • 6:00
  • 7:00 - 9:00
  • Sunday
    Apr. 8

  • 12:00
    Midnight Snack
  • 8:00
  • 10:30
    Project Submissions
  • 11:00
    Demos and Judging
  • 1:00
  • 2:00
    Closing Ceremonies
  • 3:00


  • All
  • Platinum
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Partners
Geekdom is our platinum sponsor.
At Motiva, our success is powered by the collective energy and passion of our 2,300 dedicated US employees. We own and operate North America’s largest refinery, and through a network of 24 distribution terminals, we supply retail outlets with gasoline and diesel under the Shell and 76® brands.
Working shoulder to shoulder, we support and sustain the United States Air Force. Its aircraft. Its facilities. Its infrastructure. Its systems. And all 300,000 active duty Airmen. We are the civilians who support and sustain the Air Force. At 180,000 strong, we too are a force to be reckoned with.
The mission of the association is to facilitate the financial security of its members, associates, and their families through provision of a full range of highly competitive financial products and services; in so doing, USAA seeks to be the provider of choice for the military community.
We go all out. We make success a team sport. We’re the perfect mix of start-up attitude and big company resources. And, being part of a family-run business allows us to treat our team members and clients like they’re just that – family. We are Cox Automotive, and together, we are transforming the way the world buys, owns and sells vehicles.
Infosys is a bronze sponsor.
ACM UTSA is the host of RowdyHacks and a student run non-profit at UTSA, dedicated to helping students grow and learn more about technology and industry.
ACM-W aims to create an engaging academic, professional, and social network for women and minorities in technology. Our purpose is to connect students with leaders and encourage them to pursue career opportunities in computing fields and to mentor for academic and professional success.








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What if I don’t know how to code?

That’s okay! RowdyHacks will have plenty of mentors and peers to help you learn. You don’t have to be an experienced coder to attend, and RowdyHacks is a great way to get into technology!

How big are the teams?

Teams can be formed of up to 4 students. The more brain power, the better! You can register with your friends, but many teams are formed at the event.

How can I get to RowdyHacks?

Transportation will be provided for UTSA students from the Main 1604 Campus to Geekdom. Students from other universities will need to provide their own transportation. Check out the Location tab for more information.

What should my project be?

Anything! You can make a new social media website, a simple weather app, a sentiment analysis tool for tweets...anything your wildest imagination can create. Your team can come prepared with an idea, or come up with one on the spot. Here’s some ideas to get you started:

Who can attend?

In the past RowdyHacks has only been open to UTSA students. This year we’re excited to announce that we’ll be opening registration to other San Antonio area universities! If you’re a college student in the San Antonio area, you’re eligible to attend RowdyHacks 2018.

Where will RowdyHacks take place?

We are excited to announce our partnership with collaborative coworking space Geekdom to bring you RowdyHacks 2018. This year’s event will take place in downtown San Antonio at Geekdom’s offices. Check out the Location tab for more information.

How much does it cost?

RowdyHacks is absolutely free, thanks to our awesome sponsors. You don’t have to worry about a thing -- we’ll provide the food, t-shirts, snacks and prizes!

What should I bring?

Any hardware you plan on using for your project -- your laptop, charger, portable mouse, phone, raspberry pi, VR headset, robots, etc. You might also want to bring a change of clothes and toiletries.

Have another question? Ask here.

You can ask here, or feel free to reach out to the RowdyHacks Team at We’d be happy to help!


Geekdom is the platinum sponsor for RowdyHacks 2018 which will be held at Geekdom in downtown San Antonio. Although RowdyHacks has previously been hosted at UTSA, this year it will be held downtown, closer to the heart of San Antonio's technology and start-up communities, making it easier for students and industry professionals to meet and see each other's work.

Parking is available on the street and in parking garages downtown. Transportation will be provided for UTSA students to and from the event. Details to be announced.