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What is a Hackathon?

Hacking is creative problem solving. A hackathon is an event where people come together, form teams and work towards solving problems. MapHacks is geography themed, which means projects should explore location, distance, space, spatial patterns, spatial interactions, scale, or nature and society.

We want you to try something new. Try mapping driving times, query data from OpenStreetMap, or download an entire place. Visualize data with QGIS, or Mapbox, or Carto, or Tableau.

Tell a story, let us interact with it, or listen to it.

We'll offer workshops the day of. If you like to teach something, reach out to us.

Who is the hackathon open to?

Our priority registration will be open to current Geography and HCDE undergradaute students, followed by all UW undergradaute students.

Where will it be?

MapHacks will take place in the University of Washington's Denny Hall.


Workshops and hacking on April 28th, project presentations April 29th.

Will there be prizes?

Yes! To be determined.


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