About Us

There’s a big gap in the skills and networks people need to pursue interesting and impactful ideas, projects, and careers.

That’s where we come in. We teach the skills needed by today’s fast-growing, world-changing startups and tech companies. Over 1,000 students learn everything from user experience design to entrepreneurship to software development with us each year. Together, we’re building the skillsets and networks of our students so that they can make an impact wherever they go next.

Our unique project-based teaching model enables our students to explore their interests and build new skills alongside like-minded peers. Our 501(c)(3) non-profit model also enables us to keep our programs extremely low cost (or even free) to anyone and everyone. 

Together, we’re building a community of kickass makers and creators who are prepared to solve the world’s big problems. We’d love for you to join us. 

Our Story

HackCville was founded in the summer of 2012 by a group of UVA students and alumni with a common mission: creating a space for students to learn and experience things that just aren’t possible in a normal classroom. The general idea was simple: bring smart, go-getter people together, get them to hang out, and see what they make together. HackCville’s programs quickly became an attractive way for UVA students to learn new skills and meet similarly passionate people in a low-stakes, fun environment.

Since our founding in 2012, we’ve developed new partnerships with UVA, added a second home on Elliewood Avenue, brought on 20 more student staff, expanded our programs to serve 1,000+ students a year, and placed more than 240 students in high-impact jobs and internships. HackCville’s community is always growing and ever-changing, continually looking to improve based on what our members need most.

Why the name HackCville? In our eyes, “hacking” isn’t all about complex coding and computers. It’s about finding quick, efficient, and low-cost ways to solve real world problems, and that’s what we’re all about.

Our Impact


We run semester-long skills courses, a summer internship program, and weekend trips to cities with startup hubs. We want to set up our grads with skills that will lead to awesome careers, tech-related or not.


students served each year through our 3 programs


Through our Launch and Hired programs, we work to match top UVA talent with internships and full time jobs at companies across industries, from small startups to large corporations.


tech companies and startups work with us for internships and full-time jobs


Our goal is to help grow the local startup ecosystem by training and matching top students with Charlottesville companies. We also collaborate with other nonprofits to support local causes.


HC graduates placed in full-time tech roles in Charlottesville


My favorite part about being involved with HackCville is the people. Everyone I meet is extremely bright, motivated, and talented, and it was refreshing and inspiring to be surrounded by such an incredible community.

Anna Kuno

HackCville Member

HackCville does an amazing job with experiential learning, certainly in the kind of skill sets that we talk about being important in tomorrow’s economy.

Brendan Richardson

CEO Of Astraea

As we seek to build our creative economy, HackCville will play a crucial role in training and keeping talent here in Charlottesville.

Mike Signer

FORMER Mayor of Charlottesville

HackCville has by far been the most rewarding thing I have done with my time at UVA. I really wish I had gotten involved sooner. There is something for everyone here. The people you meet will inspire you and you will always be learning!

Bailey Snead

HackCville Alum

Our Team

HackCville was built for students by students. Our unique leadership model allows members to take full ownership of how the organization is run each day. Our program leads, trips managers, account managers, course directors, marketing team, Launch coordinators, and other leading roles are all held by students.

We believe the best way to continue learning is to pay it forward and teach others what you’ve learned. We give members a chance to do that right away. After you complete your first program at HackCville, you’re given opportunities to join our leadership. Just a year after joining HackCville you can end up in a paid leadership role where you can shape the experience of future students. We currently employ over 70 student leaders each year who continue their own learning by teaching others.

HackCville's 501c3 Board of Directors

Brendan Richardson

Board Chairman

Chip Ransler

Board Member

Daniel Willson

Board Member