What is Hack the Future?

Hack the Future is an event held on March 3rd and 4th hosted by Freetail Hackers! Hack The Future serves to promote innovative ideas, implementations, and conversations centered around sustainability. This event aims to create a safe space for people both inside and outside the tech community to converse and collaborate to make lasting change and a better environment for everyone.

Why Come to Hack the Future?

If you've ever thought how the tech space could be used to be more inclusive or better promote sustainability, Hack the Future is the event for you! Hack the Future aims to help foster discussions and ideas that will change the tech community for the better, and we highly encourage and welcome all who want to make a lasting difference! As always we'll have mentors to help answer any questions for your projects, technical or otherwise!

Who Can Attend?

The event is open to all UT Austin students! This includes undergraduate and graduate students from all majors. All levels of experience and all majors are welcome! Beginner? No problem! We'll have mentors and workshops to help you develop new skills. All you need to come in with is a desire to create. Interested in learning something new? We'll have plenty of people to help teach you how to make an impact right from your own desk! Check out our beginner hackathon starting guide here!



5:00 - 6:00pm | Opening Ceremony

6:00pm | Hacking Starts!

6:00 - 10:00pm | Gong Cha Profit Share


12:00 - 2:00pm | Lunch: Kismet Cafe

5:00 - 6:30pm | Dinner: Baguette House

5:00pm | Hacking Ends!

6:30 - 8:00pm | Judging

8:30 - 9:30pm | Closing Ceremony

More detailed schedule can be found here!


As mentioned, Hack the Future is designed for everyone. In order to have a space that truly fosters growth, we require that all our attendees, mentors, and organizers are respectful of each other. To that end, all participants are expected to follow the MLH Code of Conduct to facilitate a safe space and positive hackathon experience for everyone!

Who are the Freetail Hackers?

We're a group of UT Austin students who love organizing hackathons for college students. We also love going to them. If you enjoy both of these, you should apply to our team when applications open in Fall or Spring! Applications will be posted on our Instagram (@FreetailHackers). Need to reach out to us for any further questions or want to work with us for the next event? Email us at [email protected] or visit our website!


How do teams work?

Teams can be up to 4 members. If you don't have a team, don't worry! Joining a team of new friends is the best part of a hackathon. We will have team matching available for everyone on the day of the event, but if you would like to message our channel and create a team beforehand, that's okay too! We will have a form to fill out and confirm team information.

How much money will this cost me?

Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Nothing. Gratis. It's free!!! Freetail Hackers will provide all attendees workshops, food, tech talks, fun events, and prizes at no cost to you!!

Any Rules?

All work must be done during the 24-hour period of the event. You can't demo something you didn't build. All attendees (hackers, supporters, mentors, volunteers, etc.) must abide by the MLH Code of Conduct.

When is Hack the Future?

Friday, March 3rd - Saturday, March 4th. Opening Ceremony will be on March 3rd at 5PM at the Computer Science Gates Dell Complex (GDC) in the lecture hall 2.216.

When does registration close?

Registration closes when the Hackathon starts! Because of the in-person setting, we want to open up the opportunity to have as many people as possible, however, we do fill up spots on a first come first serve basis. We will open waitlists and allow for a limited number of walk-ins on the day of! We would love it if you could fill out the application as soon as possible to help us plan for the event. :)

How do I volunteer?

We are in great of need of mentors to coach teams throughout the process, and anyone with tech experience is welcome to help out. Fill out the mentor form above! If you have any other questions, email us at [email protected]!

Where will walk-in / check-in be?

It will be in the atrium of the Gates Dell Computer Science Building.

Will there be prizes?

Yes! We plan to give prizes to the top placing team in each category. More information on this coming soon!

Will there be food at the event?

Yes! We will provide lunch and dinner to all registered attendees (mindful of dietary restrictions and accommodations based on the registration form). We will also be having a profit share with Gong Cha on Friday from 6 - 10pm (mention Freetail Hackers) which is also part of the event!

Can I attend any of the events or workshops virtually?

No, this is a completely in-person hackathon. However, we will make workshop recordings available later on our Youtube Channel!

How can I get access to the Discord Server and be up-to date on everything that is happening?

We will send a link to the server (via email) within a week leading up to the event! Be on the lookout for an email on the account that you registered for the event. All our announcements will be available on this server, in-person screens, and on our day-of-site which will be available as soon as the hackathon begins!

I am a mentor, what should I expect?

We thank you for taking the time to guide our students in technical and non-technical aspects to help them design, implement, present, and think about their projects! You do not need any prior programming knowledge to mentor. We do not require that you stay on-call or be available throughout the entire hackathon, but at least contribute 2 hours at your flexibility and help students at either the mentor lounge, office hours or through the discord server. We will be providing all mentors with lunch, dinner, snacks, a complimentary boba drink, and the opportunity to interact with students through games, workshops, or other events!