Competitions, hacks, and workshops

Our students love to learn, create, and work together, which means workshops, hacks, competitions, and corporate support of projects is a great way to reach them.

Hacks are often located in one of our flexible spaces, with capacity for 50-150 students. The sponsorship fee, which directly supports ECE student groups, is $1,000 for a one- to four-hour evening hack or $4,500 for a 24-hour weekend hack. The hosting company provides food for students, and reps can mentor student teams.

Or, participate in one of our existing events and increase your visibility among participants.

Pulse is an annual technical conference that introduces students to the latest technologies through competitions and technical talks. Nearly 500 students participate, and sponsors can give a talk, donate prizes, or participate in a panel.

The IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI) brings together graduate students, faculty members, practicing engineers, and company representatives to investigate future power and energy technologies. The two-day event features technical presentations, poster sessions, and networking opportunities. Sponsors can access student resumes and speak at the event.

The IEEE Projects Fair brings together makers across campus to feature their creations and encourage others to join their team. Corporate sponsors can exhibit at the fair and feature demos.

HackIllinois brings together more than 750 students in computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering. They create teams that work together for 36 hours. Students from Illinois as well as other Midwest schools participate. Company representatives can mentor student teams on campus.

The CSL Graduate Student Conference brings together industry speakers and graduate students from across the country for a job fair, presentations, and discussion on a rotating list of technology topics: machine learning and signal processing; decision and control networks; information processing systems; and bioinformatics and computational genomics.

Connect with pre-college students through other engineering events.

  • Engineering Open House, which brings 20,000 visitors to campus.
  • Saturday Engineering for Everyone seminar series, which allows speaking opportunities and access to 200 attendees per week.
  • GAMES Camp, which is summer camp for pre-college women.
  • WYSE Camp, which is for high-school sophomores, juniors, and seniors that features hands-on work on various engineering problems.

Contact Us

Nikki Slack

Assistant Director of Corporate Relations
1070 ECE Building
(217) 265-4317
nslack@illinois.edu