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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.

The crowd at the hackathon kickoff
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Rain or shine, the hackathon marches on with food, fun, collaboration, and sometimes surprises. Experience the play-by-play of our seasonal event.

groups of developers work at tables and on laptops
Monday, August 20, 2018

The second of three annual hackathons, the 2018 summer event showed that all ideas are welcome.

Groups of developers work on projects at the spring hackathon
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Triannual hackathons pack a variety of projects and new ideas into a 24-hour period.

Fall hackathon participants
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Eighty-five participants “keep calm and hack” at Computation’s fall hackathon.

Summer Hackathon encourages growth of grassroots ideas
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The latest hackathon event promotes cross-directorate collaboration and grassroots ideas.

Augmented reality technology makes an appearance at Computation’s spring hackathon
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Augmented reality technology makes an appearance at Computation’s spring hackathon.

Groups of developers work on projects at the spring hackathon
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Computation’s spring hackathon provides a venue to explore new ideas, skills, prototypes, and projects. Also, there’s a unicycle.

Computation 2016 fall hackathon
Monday, November 21, 2016

What do Batman, a ukulele, and a popcorn machine have in common?

Ian Lee and colleagues at the spring 2016 hackathon
Thursday, July 28, 2016

In the early hours of the morning on July 15, 2016, participants from around the Lab began to gather to continue their projects on the second day of Computation’s summer hackathon.

2016 LLNL spring hackathon participants
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Lawrence Livermore’s 2016 spring hackathon saw an all-time high of 68 people participate and matched last year’s spring high of 39 different projects. 

programmers take part in a big data tutorial at the hackathon
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

On November 12 and 13, staff members from nearly every division of the Computation Directorate turned out for the fall hackathon, held at the High Performance Computing Innovation Center on the Livermore Valley Open Campus. 

LLNL computer scientists partcipate in the spring 2015 hackathon event
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Computation’s spring Hackathon, held March 5 and 6 at the High Performance Computing Innovation Center, saw one of the biggest turnouts thus far, with 65 participants.

Researchers and developers from different divisions working together on hackathon project
Monday, December 1, 2014

Computation’s latest 24-hour brainstorming session, known as a hackathon, drew 60 participants, both first timers and veterans.

Nodeify team at a Computation hackathon event
Thursday, October 2, 2014

A centralized application notification system that captured first place at Computation’s March 2013 hackathon was recently implemented at LLNL’s National Ignition Facility.

Computation hackathon participants at work
Thursday, August 21, 2014

At the most recent 24-hour hackathon, 58 LLNL employees and students worked on 30 teams to complete Computation-related projects of their choice.