CSTA Longwood Hackathon / HackWCU

An in-person and virtual hackathon for local high school and college level students. Join us and local students and tech professionals a day of innovation, fun, and creative problem solving. We'll have free food, activities, and prizes while you build exciting projects.

Sunday, September 24, 10a - 4p

West Chester University

25 University Ave. (UNA), Rm 158 Campus Map

Call for Participation

The local chapter of CSTA Longwood is excited to partner with the Department of Computer Science at West Chester University to host an in-person and virtual hackathon for local high school and college students in our surrounding Berks, Chester, Lancaster, and York counties. (Other counties and out-of-state are welcome to join too!)


The cost for attending is $0, made possible by the support of our sponsors.

Registration: Form

Important Dates

  • Friday, September 8: Sponsorship Deadline
  • Friday, September 15: Attendee Registration Deadline
  • Sunday, September 24: CSTA Longwood & HackWCU


The day of event schedule as it now stands. Updates will be pushed here.

  • 9a: Checkin Opens, Snacks Available
  • 10a: Opening Ceremonies
  • 12p: More Food Arrives
  • 2:45p: Judging Begins
  • 3:45: Closing Ceremonies

Directions and Parking

The hackathon will be held in 25 University Ave, Rm 158, which houses the Computer Science Department. Please enter through the main doors. Free parking is at the Sharpless Parking Garage. Please take a ticket when you enter. We will provide a voucher code for your exit. Here is a link to the WCU campus map.


Think of a hackathon as an invention marathon. These events bring together student programmers, designers, and more -- to learn, build, and share cool new technology applications. Many universities host these events annually, providing a venue for students from different schools and backgrounds to work in teams to build these platforms from scratch.

Yes! Mentors will also be available to help you learn and build something cool!

If you want to! You could build something by yourself, or you could find people you want to work with. There will be a lot of others in your situation, and we'll help with that.

You should bring some form of identification (driver’s license, school ID card, etc.), laptops, phones, chargers, anything you need to hack with.

No. All projects must be worked on from scratch at the event. You'll have enough time to make something you can be proud of.

Most likely yes. Check back in with us later.

Organizing Committee

Richard Burns
Local Chair, CSTA Longwood Higher Education Representative
Faculty and Chair, Department of Computer Science, West Chester University
Stephanie Shrake
CSTA Longwood President, Business Education Technology Teacher, Avon Grove High School
William Mongan
CSTA Longwood Vice President
Faculty, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics, Ursinus College
Lauren Walker
CSTA Longwood Secretary
Training & Consultation Specialist, Chester County Intermediate Unit


The hackathon is supported in part by CSTA Longwood, the College of Sciences and Mathematics, and the Computer Science Department at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

If you are a company interested in sponsoring awards and prizes for the hackathon, please email the local chair for more information.