Published: April 30, 2017
CU students and employees working at computers

Designers, coders, and tech professionals got together with students, faculty, and staff on April 13th and 14th for the first Office of Data Analytics (ODA) Hackathon. A hackathon is an event in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. Over 40 participants--some meeting in person at the rooftop terrace of the Champions Center and others joining online--assisted in the development of CU Boulder’s upcoming, large-scale, data analytics platform.

The work took place nonstop, with programming going continuously through the night. During the day, workshops and talks were live-streamed from the event. Speakers included Kelly Fox, CU Boulder’s Senior Vice Chancellor & CFO, and Dave Rothschild, an innovation expert formally of Apple and Intel.

ODA’s vision for the analytics platform is to create an integrated hub for both exploring and analyzing campus data. The platform will provide a single stop warehouse of campus information then take that information and turn it into meaningful and engaging reports and visualizations. The hackathon was key to pushing this ambitious project forward.

For more information about the analytics platform and the work of the Office of Data Analytics, please visit their website: