Hack Chicago

Open Source Archives

Hack Chicago was a 24-hour high school hackathon that took place in July 2018. We hope by putting together our knowledge as event organizers into Hack Chicago Archives, we can help your event become successful as well.

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In some places, we might have redacted out some information for security, but most of the documents, conversations, and finances are completely authentic — they made Hack Chicago happen.

Maintained by Execute Big

The archives were written and maintained by Execute Big, a non-profit organization born from Hack Chicago's resources, aiming to help more students, leaders, and schools utilize our resources to support, join, and lead innovative programs. Donate »


What are the archives?

This is a documentation of how Hack Chicago was put together. It includes dozens of stories, resources, and tips — some exclusive to Hack Chicago as an event, others might be helpful for all new hackathon organizers. We hope that this can be a helpful resource to help more high school students run fun, impactful, and high-quality events in areas where events like hackathons are not as popular.

Is this actively maintained?

The archives are still work in progress. Frankly, it has been two years, and it takes a while for us to recall the details of each task, and find the respective resources. The team is currently actively constructing putting the resources together, so please bear with us. Once the archives are completed, it will not be actively updated except for minor accuracy edits and corrections.

Can I reuse your documents?

Yes! This work is licensed under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International License. In short, you can use any of our resources privately, but you must credit us if you are going to them to the public. You may not reuse our resources for commercial purposes. Read more in the credits section.



You are free to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, or remix, transform, and build upon the material, but you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

You may not use the material for commercial purposes. If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

If you have questions about using the archives, please do not hesitate to email us at team@executebig.org.

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Mingjie, Megan and Sean, Summer 2019

The archives are written by Mingjie, Megan, and Sean, Execute Directors of Hack Chicago. We all graduated from the Hack Club network, and we're coming back together to provide support for future generations of hackers and leaders.

Special thanks to Annie & Lachlan — incredible designers who created lots of graphics and designs for the event, some are now used in the archives.

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