join us  October 6-8 for a weekend of unique and entertaining competition


JOLT is a weekend-long cyber security-themed "game of codes." On-site, expert Game Masters monitor and adjust the challenges in a responsive, real-time environment to ensure that everyone has tons of fun while leveraging advanced open source technology and using the tools that power some of the most complex real time solutions in the world. Connect with some of Arkansas’ best tech wizards and explore new tools.

JOLT combines the development of soft skills such as communication, leadership and collaboration as well as real-world, technical hard skills in an exciting interactive learning experience. Challenges are divided by category, with puzzles of increasing difficulty within those categories.

Do I Have to Be a Coder?

No, but some technical savvy helps. JOLT is designed to be fun for hard core developers as well as novice tech nerds. Some challenges are code heavy, while others focus on logic, strategy & puzzle solving.

What is Included?

The registration fee includes participation for a team of four plus :

  • 6 full meals per team member + snacks
  • Drinks - energy drinks, sodas and all the caffeine you can handle, plus adult bevs for those with IDs.
  • Access to technical mentors + exposure to local tech talent and employers. Learn from and connect with other top tech minds right here in Little Rock

Register by Sept. 22 and receive a T-shirt! Early bird registration and student rates are available. Want to participate but don't have a team? Let us know.

What Should I Bring?

Each team member must bring their computer of choice. You are encouraged to bring in your equipment on Friday evening so that you are ready to rock on Saturday morning. Ethernet access is limited, so plan for wifi. Extra extension cords are always appreciated. No monitors or computers will be provided.

Can I Get My Boss to Pay For It?

Well, you can certainly try! Need a little help? Download our handy CEO-approved program flyer.

What Do I Win??

Bragging rights. Accolades. Silly trophies. Possibly some fun prizes. We'll see.

WTH is a Hackathon?

A hackathon is a competitive program where people with technical backgrounds come together, form teams around a problem or idea, and collaboratively code a unique solution from scratch . The JOLT Hackathon is designed to bring awareness and vulnerabilities of cyber security, as well as gamify the networking and training of Arkansas' local tech community.

What People Are Saying:

"I have participated in numerous hackathons around the country, but the JOLT hackathon was one of the best-planned, best-organized and best-executed events that I've attended." - Russ Beardall, IBM

“It was an experience to see so many people come together and show their support for a growing tech community. It’s nice to have it here in the heart of Arkansas.” Andrew Lewis - UALR Cyber Security Club Member and Game Master for JOLT

"It is, hands down, the most effective team building exercise ever created for the IT sector." - M. Curl, Data Network Manager, two time JOLT competitor

“You might think that you know a lot about this kind of stuff, and then you get handed your a** on the very first puzzle. I LOVED THAT, and I learned to think even more out of the box than usual.” - W. Harris, Automation Specialist, 1st time JOLT competitor

“I walked away with better problem solving skills, and an increased desire to expand my programming knowledge.” - T. Hicks, Programmer, 1st time JOLT competitor

Wanna know what the competition is like from the competitor’s point of view? Check out this writeup from Spring 2017’s winning team!