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News & Press: Hackathons


Held three times a year, Computing’s hackathon events—also known as ShipIt Days—are 24-hour opportunities to brainstorm, foster creativity, prototype, and explore. Participants work in groups or individually and often strive to learn new skills, programming languages, and tools in service to LLNL’s missions. Learn more about hackathon accomplishments in the news coverage below, in Science & Technology Review, and in an introductory video.

colorful abstract image of lines radiating outward from a central point
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Computing’s summer hackathon was held virtually on August 6–7 and featured presentations from teams who tested software technologies, expanded project features, or explored new ways of analyzing data.

wide-angle view of the hackathon room
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

New year, new hackathon! The January 30–31 event was Computing’s 23rd hackathon and the 1st scheduled in the winter season.

teams work at laptops and tables in the main hackathon room
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Computing’s 22nd hackathon was held on October 24–25. The event has become so popular that a fourth hackathon will be added to the seasonal rotation in early 2020.

wide shot of the room with hackathon teams working at tables
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bolstered by ergonomic stretching and exercise breaks, Computation’s 20th hackathon saw high turnout collaboration, experimentation, and fun.

Gary Laguna, Greg Lee, and Walt Nissen stand in front of the HPC building
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

These hackathon veterans were there at the beginning and haven’t missed one since.