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    GLOBALHACK VI – OCTOBER 21-23, 2016

    $1 million in cash prizes. 2,500 participants.

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What is GlobalHack?

GlobalHack is building a better tech ecosystem through hackathons. Our events bring together developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to solve real-world, civic-minded problems. GlobalHack is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Our Story

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  • GlobalHack changed my life.

    "GlobalHack immediately changed my life. Not only was participating in the event a valuable learning experience, but it brought a wealth of new contacts and connections. It especially changed my life because I was offered a job due to my participation in the event. I have been working at TopOPPS ever since the first Globalhack and this has jumpstarted my career in a way that I could never have imagined only 14 months ago. I will continue to attend all of the future Globalhacks because they are a fantastic way for the tech community to get together to help build amazing things and meet new people."

    -- Daniel Borstelmann, Software Engineer at TopOpps

  • Diverse skill sets.

    "I don't particularly think of myself as a developer or a hacker, but I was glad I was asked to participate because it takes a diverse set of skills to really have a well-balanced team at these types of events. Developers, designers, engineers, and (as with me) statisticians all have a place. It's pretty easy to get on a team and make a contribution.

    Students, members of the community, entrepreneurs, seasoned vets -- you get a large and interesting group of people who participate working on solving real problems. Overall, it was a super fun experience, and totally worth the price of admission, and the lost hours of sleep!"

    -- Bill MacMillan, CTO of Prattle Analytics

  • Smart teams and fun problems.

    "GlobalHack is the quintessential hackathon experience with incredibly smart teams and fun problems, where lifetime friendships are created. And there's an excellent prize for winning!"

    -- Eric Elias, CEO of Lagoon

Frequently Asked Questions

What can’t I bring?

Please don’t bring: firearms or other weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, soldering or similar equipment, or animals.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate on software projects.

How much experience do I need?

No one is too inexperienced for GlobalHack. The best way to get better is to compete with and learn from people who are more experienced than you, and there are plenty of team roles for early stage developers.

What do I need to bring?

You’ll need to bring your own computers, monitors, mice, etc. — GlobalHack does not provide these. We’ll provide high-speed wifi, power strips, whiteboards, and plenty of caffeine.

Is this an overnight hackathon?

Yes. Hacking starts right after the hackathon kickoff. The venue will be open at all times during this time and you are welcome to bring your pillows and sleeping bags for overnight hacking.

What technologies can teams use?

You are also able to use source code, sample code, libraries, SDKs, and APIs as long as these technologies are publicly discoverable and available for public use.

Do I need to come with a team?

If you don’t have a team now, don’t stress! We’ll have team formation and ideation events before and at the event geared towards helping you find people to work with.

When is the problem announced?

The problem for GlobalHack VI will not be announced until the evening of Friday, October 21st during our opening ceremony. We do this to make sure teams can’t get a head start on a solution.

Do you do travel reimbursements?

We will not be providing travel reimbursements to St. Louis at this time. However, we will be sending free charter buses to a few select cities and schools.

How do I get to GlobalHack VI from the airport?

Get on I-70 E and merge onto I-170 S. When I-170 ends, head east towards St. Louis on I-64 E / US-40 E. Take exit 37A for Bernard Street. Turn left onto South Compton Street.

What can I win? What are the prizes?

We will be posting specific prize tiers within GlobalHack divisions (Youth, College, Pro) closer to the event.

Do I have to stay on-site to hack?

You do not have to remain on site the whole weekend. You do need to check in on-site before the 10:00 p.m. CST Friday deadline in order to be eligible for the competition. You are responsible for making all deadlines regardless of where you choose to hack. You will need to have at least one...

Travel Information



Chaifetz Arena
Saint Louis University
1 S Compton Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103


Air Travel

Lambert International Airport (STL)
10701 Lambert International Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63145

Getting Around

St. Louis now offers ridesharing services to take you from your lodging to the hackathon venue.

GlobalHack VI Sponsors



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