William & Mary's 8th Annual Hackathon
March 31st - April 2nd, 2023
Earl Gregg Swem Library

Find more specific information on our "day-of document."

About Us

Cypher VIII is the College of William & Mary's 8th annual hackathon. Every year we aim to create a welcoming and supportive environment for anyone to enjoy and explore computer sceince! Come join us to attend workshops and talks, connect with potential employers, and compete for prizes!

Hackers working in swem


This year, Cypher VIII is fully in-person! Hackers will be able to join us at the Swem Library on the William & Mary campus.

Cypher follows William & Mary's COVID-19 policy, which can be found here.

Attendees at Cypher

What Can I Make?

This year, we're branching out to all kinds of projects. Code or no code, if you can make it in a weekend, we want to see what you can do!

Two people working together at Cypher

Who's Invited?

Cypher is for anyone and everyone. Whether you've pioneered new machine learning techniques or you've never written a line of code in your life, we've got you covered. We are primarily geared towards college students, but we welcome recent graduates and older high school students as well.

A person presenting at Cypher's expo


This schedule is tentative and will continue to grow and change as Cypher approaches!

Time Event Location
Time Event Location
Time Event Location


What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is a weekend-long coding event where students learn new skills, build interesting projects, and have fun! We will have free merch, free food, and industry professionals to connect with!

Do I need a team?

Nope! Submissions can have 1-4 members, and we'll also have a team-building event at the start of the hackathon.

Do I need to have coding experience?

No! Cypher is designed for students of all skill levels to learn and have fun. All you need for Cypher is yourself and your brain! Additionally, there will be mentors available throughout the weekend for help.

Can I start working on projects before the hackathon?

Generally, no. The judging criteria assumes that you are starting with just an idea at the beginning of the weekend! We do allow hackers to continue projects from before Cypher, but we require that you be clear about what work you did before the event.

Do I have to make/finish a project?

Nope! Cypher is all about learning and having fun while doing so. You can come just for our interesting workshops and talks, to hang out with your friends, or to compete!


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