Compete in a hybrid of online to on-site cybersecurity events during Gannon’s Hackathon for the chance to win a full-tuition scholarship.

Do you have what it takes?

Congratulations to the competitors who've completed Gannon University’s Virtual Hackathon!

The University has extended special invitations to qualifying competitors to join us on-campus Saturday, May 4 for the final round of the Hackathon. Registration for the on-campus event has now closed.

If you have any questions about the event or registration, please contact: or 814-871-7407.

We look forward to seeing all Hackathon competitors on Saturday, May 4! Please see below for more information and to refer to the schedule, directions to Gannon University and campus map for parking.

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Parents & Guests

Parents and guests are welcome to join competitors for the welcome, lunch and closing ceremony. A special Q&A session will also be offered. For your convenience, we have included a listing of local restaurants and attractions parents and guests may visit during down time while students compete.


Students will have full access to the technology and resources they need to compete through Gannon’s advanced laboratories in the Zurn Science Center. There is no need to bring your own laptop or other technology.


Attend this one-day event to earn scholarship awards ranging from $1,000 to $17,000, and to compete for the top prize of one full-tuition scholarship. Scholarship awards will be announced after the May 4th competition. Students must attend the on-campus event to qualify to receive scholarship awards.

Thank you for your interest in Gannon University’s inaugural Hackathon Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition.

Registration for the virtual Hackathon events is now closed.

Invitations to compete in the on-campus Hackathon on Saturday, May 4 will be emailed to competitors following the completion of the final virtual event.

Gannon's on-campus Hackathon will provide educational training sessions, networking opportunities and the final Hackathon competition for the chance to win a Full-Tuition Scholarship and other scholarship awards. Scholarship awards will be announced to the winners in a special ceremony to conclude the on-campus Hackathon event on May 4.

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Gannon University welcomes you to participate in our inaugural Hackathon series. These events give participants experience in securing a machine, as well as conducting and reacting to the sort of attacks found in the real world. The jeopardy-style competition involves multiple categories of problems, each of which contains a variety of questions of different point values and difficulties.

Registration below is for the online Hackathon events. You may only register and participate in one of the two online events.

The online events will serve as a gateway to be invited to an on-campus Hackathon on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and for the opportunity to win either a full-tuition scholarship or other scholarship dollars to Gannon University. Only the top finishers of the online Hackathon events will be invited to the on-campus event.

Who: Competitors must be current high school students to register.

First time competing? No problem! This competition is designed for students of all cybersecurity skill levels. Competitors will receive instructions at the start of the Hackathon to guide you through challenges of varying difficulty. Students will be given clues to solve tasks tailored to both first-time gamers and experienced competitors. Expand your cybersecurity knowledge while earning points and the chance to win a full-tuition scholarship!


  • Saturday, April 6 | 1-3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13 | 1-3 p.m.

Cost: Free

With the introduction of two new academic programs, cybersecurity and cyber engineering, Gannon is excited to be on the forefront of career fields that will be in high demand across the world in years to come.

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