HackCville offers free 12-week programs in everything from entrepreneurship to photography to data science. We’ll help you learn modern skills through fun, hands-on projects in a fast-paced, community-driven environment.
Our programs are open to any UVA student (undergrad/grad) or Charlottesville resident 18+. Once you complete your first HackCville program, you’re granted HackCville membership which comes with many perks detailed below.
Applications for Spring 2017 programs are open now and close Tuesday, January 31 at 11:59pm. Links to our applications can be found on specific program pages below. You may apply to up to two programs, but if you are accepted to both you must pick only one to participate in.
Here are our 10 programs, split into 2 categories.
LEARN A SKILL
Vector is our graphic design program. You learn design principles; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign; and develop a small portfolio of work. More info →
The Node is our data science program. You learn the fundamentals of data science, how it is used to solve problems, and gain valuable technical experience. More info →
Exposure is our photography program. You learn the basics of digital photography and editing and how you can become a freelance photographer. More info →
Hustle is our introduction to entrepreneurship program. You learn methods, mindsets, and skills essential for starting yourself and utilize them through independent and community initiatives. More info →
Spark is our education innovation & entrepreneurship program. You learn and work on today’s innovations in teacher training, ed tech, after school education, charter schools, etc. More info →
Ignite is our social entrepreneurship program. You explore social issues, learn to tackle real-world problems, and apply knowledge through hands-on community projects. More info →
Beta is our program for people with existing projects or projects that continue after starting in Hustle, Spark, and Ignite. We provide personalized mentorship and resources to help you continue to grow your project. More info →
Launch is our immersive 11-week summer program. Applications are open now. Get more info and apply →
Here’s what’s included in every program.
Each program cohort meets 1-2x each week at one of HackCville’s clubhouses on Elliewood Avenue. You’ll participate in fun, fast-paced workshops to teach you modern skills.
Along the way, you’ll be become close with your peers. Many of our students end up starting projects together with the people they meet.
You’ll work on several hands-on projects throughout the program to put what you’re learning into action. This could be anything from a data visualization project to a mini-documentary to your own startup.
These make great resume-building and portfolio-building experiences, too.
HackCville pairs every student with a peer and/or alumni mentor to provide guidance and support as you work on your projects throughout the program.
Our team also meets with you several times one-on-one to ensure you’re getting the most out of your program.
HackCville hosts immersive trips to cities across the country (New York, San Francisco, Baltimore, and more) to tour companies, meet alumni, and give students networking opportunities with industry leaders.
Trips are where you see how what you’re learning is put into action in the real world.
“Everyone is truly enthusiastic about what they are learning or doing at HackCville, whether that be starting a project, having an exciting conversation with their mentor, or accomplishing a task on a team.”
– Ani Sridhar, HackCville Member
HackCville Membership Perks
After you complete your first HackCville program, you're granted HackCville membership. Here's what you get:
24/7 access to our fun and functional clubhouses on Elliewood Ave. Our two clubhouses are filled with hammocks, couches, whiteboards, and WiFi. Use our space to work on your projects, hold meetings, or just hang out.
Exclusive events and job opportunities. Whether it's drinks with the co-founder of Reddit or HackCville-only job opportunities, we give our members access to dozens of unique experiences every year.
A community that feels like family. You'll join HackCville's 200-member community of the most talented and badass people in Charlottesville.
Early access to HackCville programs, no application required. Want to take another program? As a member, you can just sign up - no application required. We open up spots to members before the public.