Applications for DH are closed at this time.

October 19th - 20th — Chicago, Illinois


DemonHacks is a 26-hour hackathon hosted by DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. DePaul’s Loop campus is right next to the Art Institute of Chicago and Millenium Park.


Are applications open?

Applications are now closed for 2019. Check back again next year!

I'm a beginner; am I welcome?

Of course! Hackathons are a great place to learn new technologies, meet new people, network with sponsors, add something to your resume, and eat some free food ;).

Where is Chicago?

Right here

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an invention marathon. Students come together to build cool software & hardware hacks over 24-48 hours. It’s very beginner friendly.

How much does it cost?

Nothing, attending a hackathon is free!

Do I need to be a student to attend?

Yes. Only students who are currently enrolled at a college/university or have graduated within the past 12 months are eligible to attend.

Where is the event?

The event is being hosted at DePaul University’s loop campus in our College of Computing and Digital Media building located at 243 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60604.

Will there be travel reimbursement?

Stay tuned. Minor gas or train reimbursement may be provided.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Yes there is, you can find it here.

Are walk-ins allowed?

If you were unable to register, we will take walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What should I bring to a Hackathon?

We recommend that you bring anything you'd need for an extended stay away from home:

  • toiletries (deodorant, toobrush, toothpaste, etc...);
  • Laptop and charger;
  • Phone and charger;
  • Sleeping bag;
  • Thermarest;
  • Appropriate changes of clothes (remember, you're in the Windy City!);

Any more questions?

Email us at [email protected].



9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Check-in

9:00 am - 11:00 am - Meet the sponsors

10:00 am - Breakfast + Walk-ins check-in

11:00 am - Opening ceremony

11:30 am - HACKING BEGINS (+ team building)

1:00 pm - Tech talk (Git Better)

2:00 pm - Lunch

4:00 pm - Tech talk (Personal and Application Security)

6:30 pm - Dinner

9:00 pm - Cup stacking tournament

11:00 pm - Tech talk (ThoughtWorks)


12:00 am - Midnight snack

1:00 am - LipSync battle + giant games

7:00 am - Breakfast

9:00 am - Paper plane tournament

11:00 am - Brunch

11:30 am - HACKING ENDS

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Project expo

3:00 pm - Closing ceremony


Meet our 2019 sponsors!
If you’re interested in sponsoring, please email us at [email protected]