Hosted at Mccombs Atrium, HACKMISA is for everyone! Come join us to learn something new, build an app, or start a company.



In the context of a hackathon, the word "hack" is used to describe how multiple technologies can be used together in a new and innovative way. Teams of up to four people spend the weekend working on innovative software and hardware solutions to real-world problems. However, many times the most important aspect of a hackathon is the community it generates and skills that inexperienced hackers walk away with.


HackMISA is a 12 hour hackathon hosted by the Management Information Systems Asscioation as a new initiative to provide more opportunities for students to learn how to code. This is where you can turn your ideas into a reality. You'll make new friends and learn cool skills w the help of industry professionals! Come down for a day of free food, workshops, mentorships, & prizes. Whether you have no coding knowledge or are a seasoned hacker, we would love to see you there! Go from no coding experice to having made your first: website, protoype, program.


Natural disasters are occurring more frequently and causing more damage than ever before. In 2018, the U.S. saw multiple flash floods, storms, droughts, and the most destructive wildfires in California’s history – resulting in a record-breaking $11.4 billion in damages. As climate change alters the frequency and severity of extreme events, losses are expected to escalate even further.

Despite the growing risk, many families and communities are ill-prepared for today’s disasters, let alone tomorrow’s. The are many reasons for this, including:

  • a lack of good information on risks;
  • little communication on what households could do to reduce damages or better prepare;
  • no public information on the previous claims or floods at particular properties to help inform buyers;
  • people underestimating the likelihood that a disaster will affect them personally;
  • a failure to consider disasters when the sun is shining.

As disaster risk grows, families and communities need to become more resilient; that is, they must improve their ability to prepare for, absorb, and recover from extreme events. You’ll have the chance to help people do just that, by developing apps, tools, and other technologies to help at-risk families. Examples could include hacks to help people better understand the risks they face, the potential or historical impacts of disaster, the benefits of risk-reduction measures or insurance, or how to improve preparedness.

Here are some tools and articles to stimulate your thinking!

Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.



SATURDAY April 27th

9:45 - 10:30 AM: Breakfast and Check-in

10:30 - 10:45 AM: Opening Remarks

10:45 AM: Hacking Begins + Team Formation/Ideation Session

11:00 - 12:30 PM (CBA Events Room): Design Thinking

Learn how to innovate in a given field, generate your ideas and iterate though them from a Stanford Design Workshop

12:30 PM: Lunch

1:00 - 1:30 PM: UX Design + Invision

1:30 - 2:30 PM: Python

Learn python from ground up. No experience required!

2:30 - 3:30PM: Intro to Html and Web Development.

6:00 PM: Dinner

8:30 - 10:00 Judging and Closing Statements


What's a Hackathon?

A Hackathon is a marathon event where you learn new skills and build your ideas. You take care of building. We'll take care of you.

I’ve never been to a hackathon and I’m nervous.

Don't be! HackMISA has a bunch of beginner workshops to help you get up and running. Check out this great article for some tips and insights!

How do teams work?

Teams can have up to 4 people. Don't worry if you don't have a team- we will have team building excercises at the event. You can also check out our facebook group for attendees.

What's the event schedule?

Click here to see the event schedule. HackMISA will start at 10 am on Sunday, April 27th and end at 10 pm the same day.

Feel free to contact us at at any time!

What do I bring?

You should bring an official ID, your laptop and any materials you need.

Who can attend?

The hackathon is open to all UT Students and is free of cost!

Working with HackMISA as a sponsor provides companies a unique opportunity to reach some of the nation's most talented college students. Interested in sponsoring?

Send us an email at for more details!