Missouri Hacks, organized by SOARE, offers high school students an opportunity to demonstrate their enthusiasm for computer science at Missouri's largest public university. Participants get to experience a hands-on workshop in their chosen category, and then collaborate in teams to create and present coding projects, competing against their peers. Their submissions are evaluated by a panel of professors and upper-level computer science undergraduates for grading and placement. Participants who place high on the leaderboard are awarded prizes.


Any student who is currently enrolled in high school is eligible to participate in Missouri Hacks. We have multiple workshops and submission categories to allow participants from different levels of experience to benefit from this event.


We are excited to be hosting four engaging and hands-on workshops this year for our attendees. Whether you're a seasoned programmer or new to coding, there's something for everyone:

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Our hands-on workshop designed specifically for advanced programmers. Dive into the fundamentals of artificial intelligence, and master the techniques to create your own regression and classification models with Python. Enhance your skills and stay ahead in the rapidly evolving field of AI.



Step into the future with our VR workshop. Learn the essentials of creating immersive virtual reality experiences, including VR programming and design principles.



Elevate your web development skills with our intermediate workshop. Designed for programmers with basic coding knowledge, this course covers the fundamentals of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, providing you with the foundational skills to build and style interactive web pages.



Designed for beginners, this course covers the core principles of programming, algorithms, and problem-solving techniques. Gain a solid foundation in computer science concepts and start your journey into the world of technology and innovation.


Our amazing team is comprised of Mizzou students that are actively studying a variety of engineering disciplines. They are all involved in higher education research as members of the Student Organization for the Advancement of Research Education (SOARE).

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Martín Leija


Computer Science

Derek Nissen

Assistant Coordinator

Computer Science

Mel Nezirovic

Financial Coordinator

Information Technology

Ethan Johnson

Coding Coordinator

Computer Science

Skylar Perry

Technical Coordinator

Computer Science

Gage Smith

Outreach Coordinator

Computer Science

Ashton Wooster

Coding Lead

Computer Science

Carter Cox

Coding Lead

Computer Science

Isabella de León

Coding Team

Biomedical Engineering

Michaela Duran

Coding Team

Biomedical Engineering

Ian Greene

Coding Team

Mechanical Engineering

Tanner Kuchar

Coding Team

Computer Science

Omari Mourning

Coding Team

Computer Science

Greyson Rockwell

Coding Team

Computer Science

Dr. Yves Chabu

Faculty Advisor

Biological Sciences


What is SOARE?

SOARE instills knowledge, curiosity and excitement for STEM in high school students by increasing the accessibility of science research opportunities at the high school level. Students who participate in these high school research programs have the opportunity to complete collegiate level research, compete at international research symposia, and potentially patent or publish their findings.

Missouri Hacks History

Missouri Hacks is the first ever high school hackathon hosted by the University of Missouri. The 2024-2025 season will be the second annual event. Our leadership has experience with managing 1000+ sized events for youth and adults along with experience working with students in a University capacity. We are apart of the Student Organization for the Advancement of Research Education (SOARE) who focus on high school research programs around the state and hosts the regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. SOARE is apart of the University of Missouri and is a registered student organization.

How many competitors per team?

Teams are allowed up to 4 members.

What is the dress code?

There is no dress code! Dress in whatever you prefer to code in as long as it is school-appropriate.

Is food provided?

We will be providing breakfast and lunch for all participants. Please make sure to list any dietary restrictions in the registration form!

Do I need to bring a computer?

We encourage participants to bring their own laptops, but we do have computers available if needed.

Which workshop should I go to?

It is highly encouraged that beginner programmers or those with little experience attend the Intro to CS Workshop. Otherwise, pick what you think you will enjoy the most!

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